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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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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Salem Fair

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 4:00 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 13, 2015, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 10:00 am

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:00 pm
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 10:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 7:00 pm
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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
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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
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 20, 2015, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 10:00 am
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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
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 7:00 pm
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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
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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
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, July 27, 2015, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 10:00 am
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Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 10:00 am
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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
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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