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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

November 18, 2018
Spending the holidays in the Blue Ridge Mountains brings to mind cozy fireside nights under homespun quilts, a brisk family hike to find the perfect Christmas tree on the farm, and the very the best slopes for skiing and sledding. We’ve rounded up all this and more in our guide to festive winter fun in the communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
October 18, 2018
When will the leaves be at peak color this Fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway? While it would be nice if we could forecast the moment Autumn foliage will dazzle us with peak vibrancy as reliably as we track the ocean's tides, just when and why the leaves change colors is a complex array of factors far less predictable.

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.