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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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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 6, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Monday, July 6, 2015, 4:00 pm
7

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 4:00 pm
8

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 10:00 am

Junior Forester Program

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 10:30 am

Salem Fair

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 4:00 pm
9

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 6:00 pm

Gettysburg Bike Week

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 4:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 7:00 pm
10

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Friday, July 10, 2015, 6:00 pm

Gettysburg Bike Week

Friday, July 10, 2015

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 10, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Friday, July 10, 2015, 4:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 10, 2015, 7:00 pm
11

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 6:00 pm

Gettysburg Bike Week

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:00 am

Horse & Hound Festival

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:00 am

The Black Dog Arts Festival

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 12:00 pm

The Black Dog Arts Festival

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 12:00 pm

Salem Fair

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 4:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7:00 pm

Winged Creatures of the Night Twilight Tour

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7:30 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 8:00 pm

The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 6:00 pm

Gettysburg Bike Week

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 10:00 am

The Black Dog Arts Festival

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 12:00 pm

Group Painting

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 2:00 pm

Salem Fair

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 4:00 pm

Songcatchers Music Series

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 4:30 pm
13

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 13, 2015, 10:00 am
14

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 10:00 am

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:00 pm
15

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 10:00 am
16

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 7:00 pm
17

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 17, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Friday, July 17, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 17, 2015, 7:00 pm
18

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 6:30 pm

Train History Day

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:00 am

Arts & Craft Market

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 11:00 am

6th Annual Gettysburg National Base Ball Festival

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 12:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 3:00 pm

Twilight Hike @ Peaks of Otter

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Orienteering Treasure Hunt

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 10:00 am

6th Annual Gettysburg National Base Ball Festival

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 12:00 pm

Mountain Music Series

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

Dinosaur Train™

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 3:00 pm

Songcatchers Music Series

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 4:30 pm
20

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 20, 2015, 10:00 am
21

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 10:00 am
22

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 10:00 am

Junior Forester Program

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 10:30 am
23

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 7:00 pm
24

Grandfather Mountain Campout

Friday, July 24, 2015, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 24, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Friday, July 24, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:00 pm
25

Grandfather Mountain Campout

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 6:00 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Upstairs Tour of Cone Manor

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 11:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 7:00 pm

Saturday Night Square Dances

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 8:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2:00 pm

Dinosaur Train™

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 3:00 pm

Songcatchers Music Series

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 4:30 pm
27

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 27, 2015, 10:00 am
28

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 10:00 am
29

Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 10:00 am
30

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 7:00 pm
31

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train™

Friday, July 31, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 31, 2015, 7:00 pm
 

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. Visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century far
  • 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
  • Civil War Sesquicentennial
  • 2015 marks the 150th year anniversary of when the last shot east of the Mississippi was fired during the Civil War, which rang out in present-day Waynesville.
  • 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.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 66th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • 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.
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