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Virginia Hiking Trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Milepost

 Milepost numbers increase as you go South on the Parkway.

Mileage*

Difficulty

5.9

Mountain Farm Trail (self-guiding, from Humpback Visitor Center to pioneer farmstead)  MAP

0.25

Easy 

6

Appalachian Trail (Humpback Gap parking area to Humpback Mtn., elev. - 3650 feet)  MAP

2

Strenuous 

8.4

Catoctin Loop Trail (leg stretcher)  MAP

0.3

Moderate

8.8

Greenstone Trail (self-guiding; Greenstone geology formation; oak hickory forest)  MAP

0.2

Moderate

17.6

the Priest (view)

0.1

Easy

18.5

White Rock Falls Trail Connection

2.9

Moderate

20

White Rock Falls Trail (follows stream to small falls)

0.9

Moderate

26.3

Big Spy Mountain (view into Shenandoah Valley; good for sky watching)

0.1

 Moderate

34.4

Yankee Horse (to logging RR exhibit & small waterfall)

0.2

Moderate

38.8

Boston Knob (leg stretcher)

0.1

Easy

47.5

Indian Gap (to Indian Rocks; good seasonal rhododendron display)

0.3

Moderate

55.2

White Oak Flats (leg stretcher)

0.1

Easy

60.8

Otter Creek Trail (begin at Otter Creek CampgroundMAP

3.5

Moderate

63.1

Otter Lake Trail (around Otter Lake)  MAP

0.8

Moderate

63.6

James River Trail (Self-guiding to canal locks)  MAP

0.2

Easy

63.6

Trail of Trees Trail (self-guiding to James River Overlook)  MAP

0.5

Moderate

74.7

Thunder Ridge Trail (leg stretcher loop to view of Arnold Valley)

0.1

Easy

78.4

Apple Orchard Falls Trail (Sunset Field Overlook to view of Apple Orchard Falls; National Recreation Trail)

1.2

 Strenuous

79.7

Onion Mountain Loop Trail (leg stretcher through Appalachian deciduous forest with rhododendron display)

0.1

 Easy

83.1

Fallingwater Cascades Trail National Recreation Trail; loop to view of cascades)  MAP

1.6

 Moderate

83.5

Flat Top Trail (leads to highest of three prominent peaks in area)  MAP

4.4

Moderate

 

• Cross Rock Trail (spur off Flat Top Trail; unique geological features)  MAP

0.1

Moderate

85.7

Abbott Lake Trail (loop around Abbott Lake)  MAP

1

Easy

85.9

Elk Run Trail (self-guiding loop nature trail from Visitor CenterMAP

0.8

Easy

85.9

Johnson Farm Loop Trail (loop to restored mountain farm)  MAP

2.1

Moderate

85.9

Harkening Hill Trail (elevation -3300 feet; begin at Peaks Visitor CenterMAP

3.3

 Moderate

 

• Balance Rock (spur trail off Harkening Hill Trail; unique geological formations)  MAP

0.1

 Moderate

86

Sharp Top Trail (from camp store to summit of Sharp Top Mtn.; elevation - 3875 feet; 360 degree panoramic view)  MAP

1.5

Strenuous

91

Appalachian Trail (VA 695 to Sharp Top Mtn. Overlook)

1.9

Moderate

92.5

Appalachian Trail (Sharp Top Mtn. Overlook to Harvey's Knob Overlook)

2.9

Moderate

95.4

Appalachian Trail (Harvey's Knob Overlook to Motvale Overlook)

0.6

Moderate

95.9

Appalachian Trail (Montvale Overlook to Taylor's Mountain Overlook)

1

Moderate

96

Spec Mine Trail (USFS Trail begins near Montvale Overlook, to State Rt. 645 in Botetourt County)

2.8

Strenuous 

97

Appalachian Trail (Taylor's Mtn. Overlook to Blackhorse Gap)

0.8

Moderate

110.6

Stewarts Knob Trail (view)  MAP

0.05

Easy

114.9

Roanoke River Trail (self-guiding river loop)  MAP

0.35

Easy

120.4

Roanoke Mountain Summit Trail (view)  MAP

0.11

Moderate

120.5

Chestnut Ridge Trail (adjacent to Roanoke Mtn. campground)  MAP

1.75

Moderate

121.4

Roanoke Valley Horse Trail (begins US Hwy 220, parallels Parkway to Milepost 110.6)  MAP

18.5

 Moderate

123.2

Buck Mountain Trail (to summit view)

0.53

Moderate

154.5

Smart View Loop Trail (around picnic area)

2.6

Moderate

167.1

Rock Castle Gorge Trail (loop from campground along ridge over Rocky Knob and into gorge for 7-mile return to campground)  MAP

10.8

Strenuous

167.1

Hardwood Cove Self-Guiding Nature Trail (part of Rock Castle Loop)  MAP

0.8

Moderate

169

Black Ridge Trail (Rocky Knob Visitor Center to Black Ridge to Grassy Knoll and back to Visitor Center)  MAP

3.1

Moderate

169

Rocky Knob Picnic Loop Trail (leg stretcher around picnic area)  MAP

1

Easy

176.2

Mountain Industry Trail (Mabry Mill)

0.5

Easy

179.2

Round Meadow Creek Loop Trail (walk through a stream bottom forest)

0.5

Moderate

*Mileage indicated length of trail one-way unless otherwise noted

Calendar

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Monacan Indian Nation Fall Festival

Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:00 pm

The Music of James Bond

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 pm

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 pm

"On Golden Pond"

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:30 pm

Roanoke Greek Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 am
20

Monacan Indian Nation Fall Festival

Saturday, September 20, 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

The Music of James Bond

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Jackson County Green Energy Park Youth Arts Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Eisenhower World War II Weekend

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Blowing Rock Music Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am

Mountain Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:00 am

34th Annual Heritage Weekend

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:00 am

Railroad Days

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:00 am

11th Annual Catawba Riverfest

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:00 am

Roanoke Greek Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 am

25th Annual Henry Street Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:30 am

10th Annual Shine to Wine Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 12:00 pm

BFF Day - Winery Music by Sorella Jack

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 3:00 pm

Eat, Drink and Be Murdered

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 6:00 pm

Big Country Bluegrass & The Wolfe Brothers String Band

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:00 pm

"On Golden Pond"

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:30 pm

Black Light Nighttime Underground Mine Tour

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Monacan Indian Nation Fall Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

The Music of James Bond

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 pm

Roanoke Greek Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 am

34th Annual Heritage Weekend

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 12:00 am

Eisenhower World War II Weekend

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 9:00 am

Harvest Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 10:00 am

23rd Annual Adams County Heritage Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

Bring Back the Monarchs

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:00 pm

Fall Craft Market

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:00 pm
24

Informal Upstairs Tour - Cone Manor

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 11:00 am

Creeking

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 3:00 pm
25

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Migration Bird Trek

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:00 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Ghosts of Mitchell County with Peggy Poe Stern

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:00 pm
26

Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Oktoberfest

Friday, September 26, 2014

Guest Appreciation Festival

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Boat Tour

Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, September 26, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

"On Golden Pond"

Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:30 pm
27

Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

Music and Art in the Mountains

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Guest Appreciation Festival

Saturday, September 27, 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

Gettysburg Fall Outdoor Antique Show

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 am

Pippinfest

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Mountain Heritage Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Green Hill Highland Games

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Music & Art in the Mountains

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Native Plant Gardening

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Colonial Living

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Ranger-led tours of Cone Manor

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:00 am

17th Annual Harrisonburg International Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:00 pm

Vineyard Deck Music Series - Todd Greene

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 1:00 pm

Skunks!

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 3:30 pm

Across the Blue Ridge: Collectors and Song Carriers

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 4:00 pm

"On Golden Pond"

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Oktoberfest

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Guest Appreciation Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pippinfest

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:00 am

Colonial Living

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Ranger-led tours of Cone Manor

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 11:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 pm

"On Golden Pond"

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:30 pm
29

Oktoberfest

Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 pm

Explore Lake James by Canoe

Monday, September 29, 2014, 9:00 am
30

Oktoberfest

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:00 pm

Fall Craft Market

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:00 pm

Overmountain Victory Trail Hike

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Balsam Range Concert

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:30 pm
       

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 Mountain
  • 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.
  • Monacan Indian Nation Fall Festival
  • Come immerse yourself in the culture of the Monacan Indian Nation in a 3-day event including music, dancing, performances and artisans.
  • Fall Color - Tips for Leaf Season
  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • 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.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • 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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