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Virginia Experiences by Milepost

  • 5-9.3: Humpback Rocks. 800 acres. Visitor Center and mountain farm exhibit (Milepost 5.8), Picnic area, comfort station (Milepost 8.4)
  • 8.8: Greenstone Parking Overlook. Self-guiding nature trail.
  • 13.5: Reeds Gap. Route 664.
  • 16: VA 814 to Sherando Lake. (4.5 mi.) in George Washington National Forest. Swimming, picnicking, camping.
  • 27: Tye River Gap. Rt. 56 Crossover, west to Vesuvius, Steeles Tavern, east to Montebello. Alt. 2,969
  • 34.4: Yankee Horse Parking Area. Logging Railroad Exhibit.
  • 45.6: US-60 Crossover. East to Amherst, West to Buena Vista and Lexington.
  • 60.8: Otter Creek. Restaurant, campground, gift/craft shop.
  • 61.6: Rt 130 Crossover East to Lynchburg 20 mi. West to Glasgow 9 mi. and Natural Bridge 15 mi.
  • 63.7: Visitor Center and exhibits. Self-guiding nature trail.
  • 63.7: US 501 Crossover West to Natural Bridge, 15 miles. East to Lynchburg 22 miles. Alt. 670.
  • 74.7: Thunder Ridge Parking Area. Ten-minute loop trail to superb view of Arnold’s Valley. Alt. 3,485.
  • 76.5: High Point on the Parkway in Virginia. Apple Orchard Mountain. (E1. 4,229.) Alt. 3,950.
  • 83.4: Fallingwater Cascades National Scenic Trail. Divided into two sections or may be hiked as one continuous loop. Fallingwater Cascades section is a 1.5 mile loop of moderate hiking. Flat Top section is more strenuous, 2.5 miles to summit and 4.4 mi. to Peaks Picnic Area on VA 43.
  • 84-87: Peaks of Otter Area, 5,000 acres. Three Peaks-Sharp Top [El 3,875], Flat Top [El. 4,004], and Harkening Hill [El. 3,364]. Visitor Center, self-guided trail, historic farm interpretive programs. Picnic area, campground, restrooms.
  • 86: VA 43 East to Bedford 10 miles and Smith Mountain Lake via VA 43 and VA 122.
  • 90.9: Bearwallow Gap. VA 43, 4 miles to Buchanan. Alt. 2,258.
  • 106: Junction Parkway and US 460. 9 mi. southwest to Roanoke, VA. 21 mi. northeast to Bedford, Lynchburg and Appomattox, VA.
  • 112.2: Junction Parkway and VA 24. 5 miles south to Roanoke. Nearest access to Smith Mountain Lake via VA. 24 & 122.
  • 114.9: Roanoke River Overlook. Trail.
  • 115: Visitor Center, gift shop, public restrooms, and a media center with videos on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Exhibit area with historic information and features of the Roanoke Valley. The center piece of the exhibit area Is a large scale topographical map of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Picnic areas are available along with a short walking trail and mountain biking trails. 120 Mill Mountain Discovery Center- Located on top of Mill Mountain, exit Milepost 120. An environmental education and regional information center providing nature programs, hands-on exhibits, and visitor information. Open 7 days a week year round. (April-October: Monday-Saturday: 10am- 6pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm) (November-March: Monday-Friday Noon-4pm, Saturday 12-5, Sunday 1pm-5pm). (540) 853-1236.
  • 120.3: Roanoke Mountain Loop Rd. 4 mi. one way road, around Mountain. Steep grades. Impressive views from summit. No trailers.
  • 120.4: Roanoke Mountain. Campground 1.3 mi. on spur road to Mill Mountain, trails.
  • 121.4: Junction Parkway and US 220, 5 mi. north to Roanoke. 5 mi. south to Boones Mill. 21 mi. to Rocky Mount, 45 mi. to Martinsville. Smith Mountain Lake by way of US 220 to Rocky Mount and Va. Rte. 40.
  • 129.6: Roanoke Valley Parkway Overlook. Fine View of Roanoke. 136 Adney Gap. Junction Parkway and US 221. Alt. 2,690.
  • 144: Devils Backbone Parking Overlook. Fine view.
  • 144.8: Pine Spur Parking Overlook. Named for the white pine which is the tree depicted on Parkway emblem. Alt. 2,703.
  • 154.5: Smart View - 500 acres, hiking trails, large picnic grounds, comfort stations, drinking water. The cabin home of T.T. Trail is picturesque.
  • 165.2: Tuggle Gap. VA. Rt. 8 Crossover. East 6 mi. to Woolwine, VA; 16 mi. to Fairy Stone State Park. Swimming, boating, picnicking. North 6 mi. to Floyd, 20 mi. to Christiansburg.
  • 167: Rocky Knob, 4,800 acres. Picnic area, comfort stations, campground, visitor center (Milepost 169). 15 miles of trails including Rock Castle Gorge National Recreational Trail. Alt. 3,572.
  • 176.1: Mabry Mill - Self-guiding features resto red mill and exhibits on rural life in Appalachia. Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop: MP 176. Enjoy the Restaurant’s renowned buckwheat cakes & country ham during your visit to the most famous attraction on the Parkway and choose a special remembrance of your visit at the Gift Shop. (276) 952-2947. May-Oct. www.blueridgeresort.com
  • 177.7: US 58 Crossover. 22 mi. west to Hillsville. East to Stuart, Martinsville, and Danville.
  • 188.8: Groundhog Mountain Parking Overlook, high point affording 360 degree view. Observation tower. Examples of various types of old chestnut rail fences. Picnic area, Comfort station. Alt. 3,030. 189.9 Puckett Cabin home of Orelena Hawks Puckett, storied local midwife. Alt. 2,850.
  • 199.5: Fancy Gap, US 52 Crossover, 8 mi. north to Hillsville, VA, 1.5 miles to I-77, 20 mi. to Wytheville, VA, 33 mi. to Pulaski, VA, 14 mi. south to Mt. Airy, NC. Alt 2,920.
  • 213: Blue Ridge Music Center - Outdoor stage and amphitheater features regularly scheduled seasonal performances (June-September) of oldtime and bluegrass music. (276) 236-5309. Visitor Center open daily Summer-October.
  • 215: VA 89 Crossover. 7 mi. North to Galax.
  • 216.9: NC - VA State Line. Alt. 2,547.

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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

Blow your own holiday ornament

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm

Marion Christmas Parade

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:00 pm

The Polar Express

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 6:30 pm
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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

Blow your own holiday ornament

Monday, November 24, 2014, 11:00 am

The Polar Express

Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:00 pm

Annual Tree Lighting

Monday, November 24, 2014, 6:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Monday, November 24, 2014, 6:30 pm
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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

Blow your own holiday ornament

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 11:00 am

The Polar Express

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:30 pm
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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

Blow your own holiday ornament

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 11:00 am

The Polar Express

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:30 pm
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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

Turkey Day Crafts

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Blow your own holiday ornament

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 11:00 am

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 11:30 am

The Polar Express

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 6:30 pm
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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

Blow your own holiday ornament

Friday, November 28, 2014, 11:00 am

Holiday Arts & Crafts Market

Friday, November 28, 2014, 11:00 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
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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

Blow your own holiday ornament

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 11:00 am

Fall Stroll Around the Lake

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Polar Express

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 5:00 pm

Santa by Rail

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

Blow your own holiday ornament

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 11:00 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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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