Going on Faith

Spring 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] 37 LANDMARK PARKS W ith so many travel options to consider, it is easy to overlook some of the South's most distinctive and beautiful state parks. From a Civil War-era mill to a historic railway, the following parks contain unique geographical features and landmarks, providing nature- loving groups with an unforgettable experience. THESE STATE PARKS MAKE GREAT STOPS FOR GROUPS IN THE SOUTH BY S AVA N N A H O S B O U R N Petit Jean State Park is one of the most beautiful sites in Arkansas. TRAVEL G U I D E S O U T H E R N STONE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK NORTH CAROLINA Located just below North Carolina's scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Stone Mountain State Park features 18 miles of hiking trails, sheltered picnic areas and a restored 19th-century mountain farm. The centerpiece of the park is a 600-foot granite dome that looms above a meadow. This unusual geological attribute resulted from a 25-mile pluton, which is an igneous rock bent upward by molten lava. With time, wind and rain wore down the terrain to reveal the smooth dome that visitors see today. Popular activities in the park include horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing and trout fishing. The 4.5-mile Stone Mountain Loop Trail takes hikers past a towering 200-foot waterfall leading up to the summit of Stone Mountain. Visitors are welcome to tour the historic Hutchinson Homestead property at any time; the property was restored to reflect everyday life for the region's first settlers and features a log cabin, a barn, a blacksmith shop and a meat house. www.ncparks.gov/stone-mountain-state-park CASS SCENIC RAILROAD STATE PARK WEST VIRGINIA Cass Scenic Railroad State Park begins in the quaint town of Cass, West Virginia, where the cottages, company Courtesy AR Parks and Tourism

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