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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 6 days a week year round. (April-October: Monday-Saturday: 10am- 4pm) (November-March: Monday-Saturday Noon-4pm). (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.
  • 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.

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Watch an orientation video and learn how to make the most of your visit to the Parkway and region at this visitor center. View exhibits featuring the unique Parkway design and construction, the natural and cultural history, and recreational opportuni
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Today the manor and the entire estate are one of the most heavily used areas along the Parkway and home to the Parkway Craft Center. Carriage roads are popular for hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing, especially by residents of the Boon
  • 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.
  • Explore by Region
  • With 469 miles of scenic beauty, the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through parts of Virginia and Western North Carolina to the Smokies in Tennessee.
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  • From fine arts to fun, experience the best places and activities to enhance your visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway region.
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  • Don't forget your cameras and binoculars when visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway! Learn when and where to see blooms along your journey.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
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