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Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2

Mabry MillRocky Knob and Mabry Mill offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and a visit to one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mabry Mill. 

Mabry Mill was a community center for the Meadows of Dan area when it operated as a gristmill and sawmill. 

Today, the area becomes another kind of community gathering place each Sunday afternoon during the summer as musicians and dancers gather. 

What to Do

  • Explore a short trail around the mill connecting historical exhibits about life in rural Virginia and allows visitors to view the gristmill, sawmill, and blacksmith shop
  • Choose from three large picnic areas to rest and rejuvenate
  • Take a hike into Rockcastle Gorge
  • Enjoy wonderful agricultural scenes along the roadway that make this a truly unique portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway 
  • During peak seasons, enjoy demonstrations of crafts by National Park Service volunteers at Mabry Mill

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