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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

August 12, 2019
The Blue Ridge Parkway, the beautiful drive that over 14 million people visited in 2018, requires a lot of people to keep running, as you could imagine. A key piece to this is volunteers - unpaid and serving out of love for the Parkway.
July 15, 2019
If you're wondering where to go swimming during your Blue Ridge Parkway trip, we've rounded up all the best spots. It's important to note that while there are some beautiful waters located right on the Parkway itself, swimming is not allowed in Parkway waters. But there are no shortage of great swimming holes nearby, as well as guided rafting tours, kayak rentals, tubing, and some beautiful lakeside rentals.

Recommended Itineraries

2 - 3 days
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the divinely placed mountain town of Waynesboro, Virginia, connecting ridge top vistas with the most flavorful local brews and downtown destinations. Round up your friends - this group-friendly itinerary will leave you cheering for more. You'll find Waynesboro a perfect starting point for exploring both Skyline Drive and the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
2 - 3 days
Sweeping ridge-top curves and sunset-lit country roads converge in one divinely placed mountain town. Waynesboro, Virginia located at the base of Skyline Drive and Milepost 0 of the Blue Ridge Parkway offers the perfect base camp for motorcycle touring, with multiple days of beautiful riding and evening entertainment.