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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

March 16, 2022
The trees are budding, the sun is shining, rain is falling (plus a few snowflakes, too!), and spring ephemerals are starting to peek out on the forest floor. It is spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Some sections of the Parkway may still be closed due to winter weather at high elevations, but check out all these amazing spring activities that you can enjoy without needing to access the Parkway!
January 6, 2022
The Blue Ridge Parkway, the beautiful route that approximately 15 million people visit each year, requires a lot of people to keep running. A key piece to this is volunteers - unpaid and serving out of love for the Parkway.

Recommended Itineraries

2 - 3 days
Lynchburg, VA offers some stunning examples of historic architecture. Architecture buffs can tour our walkable Downtown and seven historic districts to learn more about the architectural marvels of Lynchburg for a fantastic weekend trip.
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 car and moving.