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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
Boones Mill, 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

June 17, 2021
If you’re short on cash this summer or just need ideas for new things to do, here are some activities that won’t cost you anything but time and gas to get there and back: Go to a National Park- While the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
February 24, 2021
A drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway is literally a trip through time. Construction on the Parkway began near Cumberland Knob in North Carolina in September 1935. Works Project Administration crews completed some of the early road construction, landscaping and recreation area development. As you travel the Parkway today,…

Recommended Itineraries

2 - 3 days
Discover why this charming mountain town is unique in more ways than just its name. Day 1 Morning Begin your day with a spectacular view “where only the birds see more” at Big Walker Lookout, Virginia’s oldest and highest privately-owned attraction. Perched atop Big Walker Mountain at an elevation of…
1 day
For decades Wytheville has been known as the hospitality hub of Southwest Virginia, due in part to its ideal location situated at the crossroads of interstates 77 & 81, just 30 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Milepost 199.4, but the small town charm is what keeps…