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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

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The Polar Express™

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 8:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Blow your own holiday ornament

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 11:00 am

The Polar Express

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:30 pm
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The Polar Express™

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Fashions for Evergreens

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 7:00 am

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8:00 am

2014 Union Drumstick DASH

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Turkey Day Crafts

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Blow your own holiday ornament

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 11:00 am

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 11:30 am

The Polar Express

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 6:30 pm
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The Polar Express™

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town

Friday, November 28, 2014

Fashions for Evergreens

Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:00 am

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Friday, November 28, 2014, 8:00 am

27th Annual Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Blow your own holiday ornament

Friday, November 28, 2014, 11:00 am

Holiday Arts & Crafts Market

Friday, November 28, 2014, 11:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, November 28, 2014, 3:00 pm

The Polar Express

Friday, November 28, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:00 pm
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The Polar Express™

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 6:00 pm

Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fashions for Evergreens

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 7:00 am

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 8:00 am

Saturdays with St. Nickolas

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

27th Annual Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Annual Thanksgiving Kiln Opening

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Blow your own holiday ornament

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 11:00 am

Fall Stroll Around the Lake

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Polar Express

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 5:00 pm

Santa by Rail

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 6:30 pm

Music at the Star

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 9:00 pm
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The Polar Express™

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Fashions for Evergreens

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 7:00 am

Saturdays with St. Nickolas

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:00 am

Blow your own holiday ornament

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Polar Express

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 6:30 pm
           

Highlights & Happenings

  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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