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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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Oktoberfest

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 6:00 pm

ArtsMart

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

WNC Pottery Festival

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

Homestead Hikers

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

Homestead Quilters Exchange

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

12th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 11:00 am

Music on Main

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 6:00 pm

Music at the Star

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 7:00 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Oktoberfest

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2:00 pm
3

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Monday, November 3, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Monday, November 3, 2014, 10:00 am
4

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 10:00 am
5

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 10:00 am
6

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:00 am
7

The Polar Express™

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:00 pm

Nantahala Outdoor Center's Cyclo-Cross

Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Friday, November 7, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Friday, November 7, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, November 7, 2014, 3:00 pm

Lexington First Friday Art Walk

Friday, November 7, 2014, 5:00 pm

The Polar Express

Friday, November 7, 2014, 5:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:00 pm
8

The Polar Express™

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 6:00 pm

7th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:00 am

Shops at Old Salem Holiday Open House

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 5:00 pm

Music on Main

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 6:00 pm

Music at the Star

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Polar Express

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 5:00 pm
10

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Monday, November 10, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Monday, November 10, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Monday, November 10, 2014, 5:00 pm
11

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 5:00 pm

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 6:00 pm
12

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:00 pm
13

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:00 pm
14

The Polar Express™

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

BINGO

Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Friday, November 14, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Friday, November 14, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, November 14, 2014, 3:00 pm

Culpeper Magical History Tour

Friday, November 14, 2014, 4:30 pm

The Polar Express

Friday, November 14, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, November 14, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, November 14, 2014, 7:00 pm
15

The Polar Express™

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10:00 am

6th Annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:00 am

58th Remembrance Day Parade

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 3:00 pm

Patrick County Music Association

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 4:00 pm

Annual Remembrance Illumination

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 5:00 pm

The Polar Express

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 5:00 pm

Music on Main

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 6:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 6:30 pm

Music at the Star

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Polar Express

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 6:30 pm
17

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Monday, November 17, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Monday, November 17, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Monday, November 17, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Monday, November 17, 2014, 6:30 pm
18

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:30 pm
19

Dedication Day

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:30 pm
20

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:30 pm
21

The Polar Express™

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, November 21, 2014, 3:00 pm

The Polar Express

Friday, November 21, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:00 pm
22

The Polar Express™

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 5:00 pm

Music on Main

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 6:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 6:30 pm
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The Polar Express™

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Polar Express

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 6:30 pm
24

The Polar Express™

Monday, November 24, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Monday, November 24, 2014, 6:30 pm
25

The Polar Express™

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:30 pm
26

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

The Polar Express

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:30 pm
27

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

The Polar Express

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 6:30 pm
28

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

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
29

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

The Polar Express

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

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

  • 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
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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