Is going topless legal on the Blue Ridge Parkway, like on a really hot weekend?

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Imagine taking the family, including some pre-teens, on a lovely spring hike atop Craggy Pinnacle on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

You drive about 20 miles northeast of Asheville, climb through rhododendron tunnels and past giant rocks. You are breathless with excitement to see one of the prettiest summit sights in Western North Carolina, which sweeps across the rippling Blue Ridge Mountains.

When you get to 5,892-foot-high summit, you get an eyeful, all right.

But it’s not the kind the kids were expecting.

Hikers take in the view at the summit of the Craggy Pinnacle trail, Friday, June 15, 2018.
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Matt Burkhartt/mburkhartt@citize
Hikers take in the view at the summit of the Craggy Pinnacle trail, Friday, June 15, 2018.

A reader recently reported she was on just such a hike recently, enjoying the 360-degree view, when a man and woman, perhaps boyfriend and girlfriend, were taking the obligatory stand-on-the-wall photos.

The woman went a step further – maybe wanting the full-on effect of nature’s cool breeze? – and took off her top and bra.

She proceeded to pose, wiggle and wave her arms in the air for photos while the unsuspecting family watched in disbelief.

So, was the fresh-air flasher breaking the law?

Technically, no.

Was it tacky? This outdoors reporter thinks, yes. Asheville might be the “Paris of the South,” but our mountaintops are not the French Riviera, folks.

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Source: Asheville Citizen Times

Original publication May 25, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 1st June 2019

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