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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

December 27, 2017
"Amid the clutter of instruments in Barr’s Fiddle Shop on Galax’s Main Street, three guys sat playing bluegrass tunes on guitar. Sometimes, the owner Stevie Barr – a man who had played for the Queen when she visited Virginia in 2010 – would join in."
November 27, 2017
“Three days, two lanes, and one spectacular fall road trip along the South’s most storied highway. Jason Frye, accompanied by his wife,…

Recommended Itineraries

1 day
A slow-paced, one day trip from Roanoke, Virginia (Milepost 120) to the North Carolina state line (Milepost 216) is highlighted by intensive exposure to the Blue Ridge cultural landscape. The rural experience on the Parkway and on adjacent lands highlights mills, music, and agriculture, demonstrating how people have interacted with…
2 - 3 days
It would be a challenge for motorcycle riders to find a more beautiful and diversified driving trail than the scenic back roads of Southwest Virginia.