Blue Highways of America

A blog dedicated to the pursuit of all roads in the United States except Interstates

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Blue Highways of America Has Moved-Again

Blue Highways of America has moved - again. The new URL is

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Blue Highways of America Has Moved!!!

As you can see, I haven't made any new posts on this blog in several months. I've moved it over to Here's the link:

The site is full of cool stuff about old roads, diners, weird tourist attractions and other road goodies. From my blog, click the Home link at the top to see the rest of the site.

If you buy from Amazon, could you help me out a little, by reaching it through the ad on the right sidebar of my blog?

Tom Hoffman

Friday, October 8, 2010

Grandview, New River Gorge National River WV

This is the Grandview area of the New River Gorge National River. For many years, it was a West Virginia state park, and many people still call it that. The photo on the left shows the gate. At some point, the state park was annexed to the federal park. Most of it is the same, however. The views from the main overlook are spectacular. Railroad buffs will enjoy seeing the C&O main line (now CSX) on the far side of the river. There is a trail leading through some interesting rock formations next to the overlook.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Appalachian Trail Museum, Pine Grove Furnace SP PA

This is the Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania. It's brand new, having opened in the spring of 2010. The exhibits are primarily about the early, pioneer through-hikers, such as Earl Shaffer and Grandma Gatewood. The museum is free, although donations are appreciated.

The museum is in this location because it is almost at the exact midpoint of the Appalachian Trail. Due to constant re-routings, the midpoint moves around a bit from one year to the next, but it is always just a few miles north of the park.

Pine Grove Furnace State Park is located on PA Route 233, about twenty miles north of US Route 30 (the Lincoln Highway)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dam and Monument, Little Beaver SP WV

I suppose I should not be going around taking pictures of dams, lest I be mistaken for a terrorist. This dam forms the recreational lake behind it at Little Beaver State Park, WV, near Beckley. The monument bears the name of the company and the engineer who built it. The state park is a small one used primarily by locals.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Log Building, Pine Grove Furnace State Park PA

This interesting little building may be found in one of the picnic grounds at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania. I walked up to it and found it locked. It appears to be a utility or storage shed of some kind, but the design is typical of state parks just about anywhere. I'd guess it to predate World War II.

The park is on PA Route 233 about 20 miles north of US 30 (Lincoln Highway)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thaddeus Stevens Furnace, Caledonia SP PA

This is the restored Thaddeus Stevens Furnace in Caledonia State Park, Pennsylvania. The park is at the top of South Mountain on US 30 (the Lincoln Highway) between Gettysburg and Chambersburg. The park is one of my favorite places, and I really can't say why. It has some good hiking, including the Appalachian Trail. There is a pool and extensive picnic and camping facilities.

Stevens built this iron-producing furnace before the Civil War. In July 1863, a detachment of Confederate soldiers destroyed it on their way to Gettysburg. It was revenge for Stevens being a passionate and prominent abolitionist.