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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.

Calendar

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Oktoberfest

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:00 pm
2

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:00 pm

Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8:00 pm
3

Oktoberfest

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:00 pm

American Craft Week Along the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail

Friday, October 3, 2014

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, October 3, 2014, 3:00 pm

Lexington First Friday Art Walk

Friday, October 3, 2014, 5:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:00 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:30 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
4

Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

American Craft Week Along the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

50th Annual National Apple Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:00 am

Forest Festival Day & Intercollegiate Woodsmen's Meet

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:00 am

ArtsMart

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 am

ColorFest

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 am

Dogtoberfest

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 am

Mountain Spirits Festival

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 am

Virginia Science Festival

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 am

Mountain Magic in Fall

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 am

Harvestfest

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 am

Archaeology Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11:15 am

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:00 pm

The Oak Barrel Blues Festival

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:00 pm

Fall Colors of Grandfather Mountain

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 1:00 pm

The Harris Brothers & Kitty Amaral &The Stray Cats

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 4:00 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7:30 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 pm
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5

Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 6:00 pm

American Craft Week Along the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail

Sunday, October 5, 2014

50th Annual National Apple Harvest Festival

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 8:00 am

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 1:00 pm

Fall Colors of Grandfather Mountain

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
6

Oktoberfest

Monday, October 6, 2014, 6:00 pm

American Craft Week Along the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail

Monday, October 6, 2014

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Monday, October 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
7

Oktoberfest

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm

American Craft Week Along the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 3:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 8:00 pm
8

Oktoberfest

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:00 pm

American Craft Week Along the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 8:00 pm
9

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00 pm

Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 9, 2014

American Craft Week Along the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
10

Oktoberfest

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:00 pm

American Craft Week Along the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, October 10, 2014, 10:00 am

Ashe County Barn Quilt Tours

Friday, October 10, 2014, 10:00 am

Wine & Wags

Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:00 pm

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, October 10, 2014, 3:00 pm

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Friday, October 10, 2014, 3:30 pm

Culpeper Magical History Tour

Friday, October 10, 2014, 4:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, October 10, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, October 10, 2014, 7:00 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Friday, October 10, 2014, 7:30 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Friday, October 10, 2014, 8:00 pm
11

Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 6:00 pm

American Craft Week Along the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

50th Annual National Apple Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:00 am

Sylva's 125th Anniversary

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:00 am

Camping in the Old Style

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:00 am

Boone Heritage Festival

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:00 am

Vinton Fall Festival/5K Run

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10:00 am

Page County Heritage Festival

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10:00 am

Ashe County Barn Quilt Tours

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10:00 am

Black Dog Wine and Beach Music Festival

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 11:00 am

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 12:00 pm

Fall Colors of Grandfather Mountain

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 1:00 pm

Steep Canyon Rangers & New Spring Valley Boys

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 4:00 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:30 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 6:00 pm

American Craft Week Along the O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail

Sunday, October 12, 2014

50th Annual National Apple Harvest Festival

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 8:00 am

20th Annual Todd New River Festival

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 9:00 am

Page County Heritage Festival

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 10:00 am

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 1:00 pm

Fall Colors of Grandfather Mountain

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
13

Oktoberfest

Monday, October 13, 2014, 6:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Monday, October 13, 2014, 8:00 pm
14

Oktoberfest

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 3:00 pm

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
15

Oktoberfest

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 8:00 pm
16

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:00 pm

Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
17

Oktoberfest

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, October 17, 2014, 10:00 am

Go Outside Festival

Friday, October 17, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, October 17, 2014, 3:00 pm

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Friday, October 17, 2014, 3:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, October 17, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, October 17, 2014, 7:00 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Friday, October 17, 2014, 7:30 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:00 pm
18

Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 6:00 pm

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Valle Country Fair

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00 am

Wooly Worm Festival

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00 am

Go Outside Festival

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10:00 am

24th Annual Bryson City Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 11:00 am

Shenandoah Autumnfest

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 11:00 am

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 12:00 pm

Fall Colors of Grandfather Mountain

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 1:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 3:00 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7:30 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm

Harvest Day

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:30 pm
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Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 6:00 pm

Wooly Worm Festival

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 9:00 am

Go Outside Festival

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 10:00 am

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 1:00 pm

Fall Colors of Grandfather Mountain

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
20

Oktoberfest

Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Monday, October 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
21

Oktoberfest

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 3:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
22

Oktoberfest

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
23

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:00 pm

Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8:00 pm
24

Oktoberfest

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:00 pm

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, October 24, 2014, 3:00 pm

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Friday, October 24, 2014, 3:30 pm

The Legend of Tommy Hodges: An Outdoor Drama

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, October 24, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, October 24, 2014, 7:00 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Friday, October 24, 2014, 7:30 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Friday, October 24, 2014, 8:00 pm
25

Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Beary Scary Halloween

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:00 am

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:00 am

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00 pm

Big Lick Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00 pm

Legends of the Land

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 5:30 pm

Legends and Lanterns Halloween tours

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

The Legend of Tommy Hodges: An Outdoor Drama

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:30 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7:30 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
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26

Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2:00 pm

Trick-or-Treat at Old Salem

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Legends and Lanterns Halloween tours

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
27

Oktoberfest

Monday, October 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

Legends and Lanterns Halloween tours

Monday, October 27, 2014, 6:00 pm
28

Oktoberfest

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 3:00 pm

Legends and Lanterns Halloween tours

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:00 pm
29

Oktoberfest

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:00 pm

Legends and Lanterns Halloween tours

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:00 pm
30

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Legends and Lanterns Halloween tours

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:00 pm
31

Oktoberfest

Friday, October 31, 2014, 6:00 pm

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, October 31, 2014, 3:00 pm

Downtown Trick or Treat

Friday, October 31, 2014, 3:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, October 31, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, October 31, 2014, 7:00 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Friday, October 31, 2014, 7:30 pm
 

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
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, comprises this popular park and lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set as
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, camping and the Mount Pisgah Inn make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain and thousands of surrounding acres was originally purchased by indust
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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