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Roaming through the Plateau District down to the VA/NC state line, the number of farms increases and the land levels out. Here you’ll find the opportunities to immerse yourself in Blue Ridge culture through historic sites, varied landscapes, and traditional music.

The rural experience emphasizes people on the landscape. A prevalent story here is how humans have interacted with the land in these mountains. Exploring this countryside of the Blue Ridge Parkway contributes to an understanding of land use through time, and contemporary issues of scenic protection and land management.

Explore Communities in the

Plateau Region

Listed North to South Milepost
Roanoke Valley Area 90 – 121
Rocky Mount & Franklin County Area 112.2 – 165.2
Christiansburg & Blacksburg Area 121.4 – 165.2
Floyd Area 165.2 – 174
Meadows of Dan, Patrick & Henry Counties 177.7 – 199.5
Fancy Gap, Hillsville, Galax & Carroll Counties 189.5 – 199.5
Wytheville & Abingdon Areas 199.5

Stories from the Plateau Region

October 5, 2019
October marks the official start of Fall Color Season along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This month is one of the most popular for visits to the region. A chance to see the Appalachian views awash in reds, golds and lingering shades of green is an experience on many people's bucket lists. Learn what's in store for you in Fall of 2019.
July 15, 2019
If you're wondering where to go swimming during your Blue Ridge Parkway trip, we've rounded up all the best spots. It's important to note that while there are some beautiful waters located right on the Parkway itself, swimming is not allowed in Parkway waters. But there are no shortage of great swimming holes nearby, as well as guided rafting tours, kayak rentals, tubing, and some beautiful lakeside rentals.

Recommended Itineraries

1 day
At milepost 177.7 of the Blue Ridge Parkway you will see one of the rarest views on your ride: a town. Meadows of Dan, Virginia is home to rugged hiking trails, sweet treats, luxurious getaways and so much more.
2 - 3 days
Northeast Tennessee: True Outdoors The towns of Northeast Tennessee are located just west of the Blue Ridge Parkway, near the Cherokee National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Forest. If you’re traveling the Parkway and want to visit this area, consider exiting in the Plateau Region and traveling southwest, or…