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Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8

Humpback Rocks on the Blue Ridge Parkway in VirginiaLocated at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is an area rich in history, scenic beauty, and abundant hiking trails. Early European settlers forged a living from the native materials that flourished in the Appalachian Mountains. Hickory, chestnut, and oak trees provided nuts for food, logs for building, and tannin for curing hides, while rocks were put to use as foundations and chimneys for the houses, and in stone fences to control wandering livestock. Many self-sufficient farms sprang up in the Humpback Mountain area.

Today, visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century farm buildings. The Mountain Farm Trail provides access to the cabin and various outbuildings. The area also houses a visitor center, interpretive exhibits, a picnic area, and trails.

What to Do

  • Enjoy ample hiking trails for all ages and abilities
  • Picnic amid natural beauty at a 91-site area, located at Milepost 8.5
  • Explore the region’s history at the Visitor Center, which features a small museum
  • Camp overnight at nearby Sherando Lake, located south of Humpback Rocks just four miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Visit Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm buildings during the summer months and explore a unique collection of buildings representing mountain farms of the nineteenth century
  • Participate in Interpretive Programs: During summer months the area is staffed with rangers who demonstrate mountain crafts and skills

Explore the listing of hours and opening and closing dates for visitor centers, campgrounds, and concessions and facilities - many of which are at or near the Highlights featured.

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17th Annual Blowing Rock WinterFest

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 6:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2:00 pm

Jr. Rangers @ Lake James State Park

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2:00 pm

Lake Channel Overlook Hike

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Adults Mixed Medium Class

Monday, January 26, 2015, 2:30 pm
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Kids Acrylic Painting Class

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 4:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Highlights & Happenings

  • Folk Art Center, Milepost 382
  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • These high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron, but don’t despair if you miss the peak bloom. Violets, blackberry, May-apple, a
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. The m
  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Blue Ridge Music Center
  • The Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge. The Blue Ridge region has produced more old-time and bluegrass musicians per capita than any o
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • Fall Color - Tips for Leaf Season
  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
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