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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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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Friday, August 1, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Lake Fontana Paddle Grapple

Friday, August 1, 2014, 8:00 am

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Friday, August 1, 2014, 9:00 am

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 1, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 1, 2014, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train

Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 1, 2014, 3:00 pm

Lexington First Friday Art Walk

Friday, August 1, 2014, 5:00 pm

Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Friday, August 1, 2014, 5:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 6:00 pm

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Lake Fontana Paddle Grapple

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 8:30 am

Smokey Bear's 70th Birthday

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 9:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 9:00 am

ArtsMart

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:00 am

The Palmetto Gravel Scratchers

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 4:00 pm

Dinosaur Train

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 10:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 2:00 pm

Dinosaur Train

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Monday, August 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Monday, August 4, 2014, 10:00 am
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 10:00 am

Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 11:00 am
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 7, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:00 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:30 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Friday, August 8, 2014, 6:00 pm

Family Fun Weekend

Friday, August 8, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:00 am

Wine & Wags

Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:00 pm

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 8, 2014, 3:00 pm

Culpeper Magical History Tour

Friday, August 8, 2014, 4:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 6:00 pm

Family Fun Weekend

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 10:00 am

Black Dog Summer Music Festival

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 11:00 am

Fall of the Mighty Giants: Chestnut Trees

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Family Fun Weekend

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 10:00 am

Beer and Brats at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 12:00 pm

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2:00 pm
11

"Miss Saigon"

Monday, August 11, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Monday, August 11, 2014, 10:00 am
12

"Miss Saigon"

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 3:00 pm

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:00 pm
13

"Miss Saigon"

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10:00 am
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Thursday, August 14, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:00 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:30 pm
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23rd Annual Fine Art & Master Craft Festival

Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:00 pm

69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Friday, August 15, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 15, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 15, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 15, 2014, 7:00 pm
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69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 6:00 pm

Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Saturday, August 16, 2014

23rd Annual Fine Art & Master Craft Festival

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Face the Forest: 5k Obstacle Course Race

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:00 am

5k Obstacle Course Race

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:30 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10:00 am

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 3:00 pm

Banjopalooza

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 6:30 pm
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69th Semi-Annual Gettysburg Fall Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 6:00 pm

Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Sunday, August 17, 2014

23rd Annual Fine Art & Master Craft Festival

Sunday, August 17, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 10:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 2:00 pm
18

"Miss Saigon"

Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:00 am
19

"Miss Saigon"

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 8:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3:00 pm
20

"Miss Saigon"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 8:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:00 am
21

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 8:00 am

Gather Round the Blue Ridge 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:00 am

Trolley Wine Tour

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 11:30 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:00 pm
22

"Miss Saigon"

Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 am

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Naturefest

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

World Kayak Pro-Am

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 6:00 am

WNC's Largest Indoor Yard Sale

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:00 am

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:30 am

Rockbridge Community Festival

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 am

Inaugural Gettysburg Brew Fest

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 4:30 pm

"In the Arts We Will Shine" Lecture

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 6:00 pm
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"Miss Saigon"

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:00 pm
25

Live Glassblowing Demos

Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:00 am
26

Live Glassblowing Demos

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3:00 pm
27

Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:00 am
28

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 pm
29

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 29, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:00 pm
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5th Annual LakeAlooza

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 8:30 am

Rockfest

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:00 am

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:00 pm
           

Highlights & Happenings

  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • Located at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is an area rich in history, scenic beauty, and abundant hiking trails. Early European settlers forged a living from the native materials that flourished in the Appalachian Mountain
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
  • Attractions, Dining, Shopping & More
  • From fine arts to fun, experience the best places and activities to enhance your visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway region.
  • Fall Color - Tips for Leaf Season
  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • 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.
  • 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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