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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

January 25, 2021
January 26 is National Plan for Vacation Day and I’m including my tips for vacation planning amidst the unpredictability of 2021. My husband and I have sadly been planning back-to-back transatlantic and Mediterranean cruises for more than a year that have just been canceled. But, we’re still healthy and still…
December 31, 2020
The Blue Ridge Parkway, a unit of the National Park Service, is managed as a scenic route but also to protect the natural resources along the Parkway corridor. When high elevation nighttime temperatures dip below freezing, there is little winter sun and moisture is on the roadway, sections of the…

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…