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Plateau Region: Day Trip Sample

A slow-paced, one day trip from Roanoke, Virginia (Milepost 120) to the North Carolina state line (Milepost 216) is highlighted by intensive exposure to the Blue Ridge cultural landscape. The rural experience on the Parkway and on adjacent lands highlights mills, music, and agriculture, demonstrating how people have interacted with the landscape over time.

Morning

Leave Roanoke early in the morning and drive the four mile loop around Roanoke Mountain (Milepost 120.4) for some great views of the region and a stroll along the Summit Trail (.1 mile) before heading south. Climbing up onto the flat plateau of the Blue Ridge, pull into overlooks at Cahas Knob (Milepost 139) or Devil’s Backbone (Milepost 143.9) where you can look off of the steep escarpment and across the east to the piedmont.

Arrive at Mabry Mill (Milepost 176) for lunch and a leisurely stroll through Ed Mabry’s mill and blacksmith shop. Demonstrations of Appalachian and Blue Ridge crafts are often highlighted here.

Mid – Late Afternoon

Your destination is the Blue Ridge Music Center (Milepost 213), but along the way, there are a number of attractions worthy of a short stop. At Groundhog Mountain Picnic Area (Milepost 188.8) there is a display of the many kinds of wood fences that you may have admired along the Parkway. Just a mile further down the road at Puckett Cabin (Milepost 189.9), the story of the mountain midwife who delivered 1,000 babies in the region.

Late Afternoon – Early Evening

Arriving at the Blue Ridge Music Center (Milepost 213) you can perhaps catch Mountain Midday Music or an outdoor concert (fees may apply) featuring the best bluegrass, old time, and gospel music in the region. At the visitor center, “The Roots of American Music” exhibition provides a thorough historical introduction to the music that is so much a part of the regional experience.

Galax, Virginia is ten miles away with lodging, restaurants and its extraordinary collection of bluegrass and old time music traditions providing a memorable evening.

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36th Annual Strawberry Festival

Friday, May 6, 2016, 10:00 am

How the West Was Won

Friday, May 6, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 6, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Garden Day

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 am

Art in the Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 am

36th Annual Strawberry Festival

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 am

Architectural Restoration Talk & Tour

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 11:00 am

Raffaldini Winery Grilling Luncheon

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:00 pm

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2:00 pm

Architectural Restoration Talk & Tour

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Mother's Day at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 6:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Friday, May 13, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 13, 2016, 7:00 pm
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4th Annual Cradle to Grave 30K & 10K Race

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8:00 am

Lexington Rockbridge Studio Tour

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:00 am

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival

Friday, May 20, 2016, 10:00 am

How the West Was Won

Friday, May 20, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 20, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7:00 am

Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10:00 am

Vinton Wine and Food Festival

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 1:00 pm

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Fish and Pick Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:00 pm
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How the West Was Won

Friday, May 27, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:00 pm
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MineFest at Emerald Village

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

Garden Jubilee

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

Bogs, Bugs and Beavers

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 pm
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MineFest at Emerald Village

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9:00 am

Garden Jubilee

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 2:00 pm

The Winemaker’s Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 5:00 pm
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149th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

Monday, May 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
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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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 67th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blooms & Wildlife Watching
  • Don't forget your cameras and binoculars when visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway! Learn when and where to see blooms along your journey.
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