Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
Located 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.