The Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains are a physiographic province of the larger Appalachian Mountains range. The mountain range is located in the eastern United States, and extends 550 miles southwest from southern Pennsylvania through Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. (Wikipedia)
It was one of the most beautiful places I have traveled. I literally had to stop at every peak level to witness the universal beauty. This particular trip did not disappoint.
"I did not imagine that spending an entire day in the mountains could be so wonderful."
There are a mix of things to do along the Mountain trail. I found that having print out a copy of the mountain stops and what you will see was a very giving guide. I particularly liked Mabry's Mill, where there was a viewing of a blacksmith at work, a lost craft in living color.
Mabry Mills: BlackSmith Viewing