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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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Live Music & More

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 10:00 am
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Live Music & More

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 10:00 am

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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Friday Night Barn Dance: The Cane Creek Boys

Friday, May 27, 2016, 6:00 am

Canoe Excursion

Friday, May 27, 2016, 9:00 am

Live Music & More

Friday, May 27, 2016, 10:00 am

Eagle/Osprey Nest Tour

Friday, May 27, 2016, 2:00 pm

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

Live Music & More

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:00 am

Artisan Fair

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:00 am

South Creek Winery Deck Music Series - Lee Lindsey

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 1:00 pm

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Cruise-In

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 5:30 pm

Black Light Nighttime Underground Mine Tour

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 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

Live Music & More

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 10:00 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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Live Music & More

Monday, May 30, 2016, 10:00 am

Memorial Day Barbecue & Covered Dish Dinner

Monday, May 30, 2016, 11:00 am

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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