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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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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, March 6, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, March 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Kansas City Barbecue Society Judging Class

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Kansas City Barbecue Society Table Captain Class

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 3:00 pm

Yoga For All at the Peaks

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

Yoga For All at the Peaks

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Group Painting

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, March 9, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 9:00 am

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, March 13, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, March 13, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Bear Crawl 5k

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:00 am

Old Fort Spring Fling 5k

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:15 am

Flat to Fabulous

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00 am

McDonald's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Shamrock Festival

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 11:00 am

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 6:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, March 20, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, March 20, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9:00 am

Painting Glass

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10:00 am

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 3:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7:00 pm

"The Future of U.S. Manned Spaceflight"

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, March 23, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, March 27, 2015, 9:00 am

Guest Chef Weekend at Chateau Morrisette Restaurant

Friday, March 27, 2015, 4:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 9:00 am

Flat to Fabulous

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 1:00 pm

Guest Chef Weekend at Chateau Morrisette Restaurant

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 4:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 2:00 pm

Guest Chef Weekend at Chateau Morrisette Restaurant

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 4:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, March 30, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

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Highlights & Happenings

  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats.  Flowers burst on the scene in late spring and crea
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 66th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • 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.
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