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The northernmost end of the Blue Ridge Parkway begins with the Ridge Region at Milepost 0 in Afton, Virginia at the southern end of Skyline Drive where Shenandoah National Park ends.

The majority of the Parkway in Virginia runs through the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. The landscapes along the Virginia portion of the Parkway also include beautiful rolling pastures – with both historical agricultural sites and those still in operation. The recreated mountain farm near Humpback Rocks at the beginning of the Parkway’s Ridge Region provides a glimpse of traditional early American settlements.

Explore Communities in the

Ridge Region

Listed North to South Milepost
Staunton, Waynesboro & Augusta County 16
Lynchburg, Amherst and Nelson County Area 27
Lexington, Natural Bridge, Buena Vista & Rockbridge County Area 45.6 – 63.7
Bedford Area 86 – 106
Buchanan & Botetourt County 90.9 – 106

Stories from the Ridge Region

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,…
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…

Recommended Itineraries

2 - 3 days
Lynchburg, VA offers some stunning examples of historic architecture. At various times in its history, influential people built Victorian and Georgian residences here and entrepreneurs during the years before and after the Civil War built factories and warehouses that are mainstays of Lynchburg’s Downtown. Many of these buildings are…
1 day
Take a turn off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 63.7 and wind your way through the beautiful scenery along route 501.  In just 30 minutes you’ll arrive in the urban center of Lynchburg, Virginia, where we’ve made it easy for you to get the kids out of the…