• The long vistas are part of a Blue Ridge Parkway experience

    Blue Ridge

    Parkway NC,VA

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    The phone system at JP Campground, MP 296.9, is currently out of order. Please refer to recreation.gov to make or change any reservations. For additional questions please refer to the camping opportunities section of our website. More »

  • ONE LANE TRAFFIC CONTROL, MP 241 - 242.4

    REMINDER: Roadwork continues in a one-mile section of Parkway, commonly known as Ice Rock, from MP242.4 at Alligator Back Parking Area to MP241. The project involves twenty-four-hour, one-lane traffic control until November 1, 2014.

One Day [Milepost 120-213]

Morning

Leave Roanoke early in the morning and drive the four mile loop around Roanoke Mountain (Milepost 120.4)for some great views of the region and a stroll along the Summit Trail (.1mile) before heading south. Climbing up onto the flat plateau of the Blue Ridge, pull into overlooks at Cahas Knob (Milepost 139) or Devil's Backbone(Milepost 143.9) where you can look off of the steep escarpment and across the east to the piedmont. At Smart View Picnic Area (Milepost 154) look at the Trail Cabin, one of the many rustic single room dwellings associated with early Blue Ridge settlement. Pick up a book or some information at the Rocky Knob Visitor Center (Milepost 169).

Arrive at Mabry Mill(Milepost 176) for lunch and a leisurely stroll through Ed Mabry's mill and blacksmith shop. Demonstrations of Appalachian and Blue Ridge crafts are often highlighted here.

Mid – Late Afternoon

Your destination is the Blue Ridge Music Center (Milepost 213), but along the way, there are a number of attractions worthy of a short stop. At Groundhog Mountain Picnic Area (Milepost 188.8) there is a display of the many kinds of wood fences that you may have admired along the Parkway. Just a mile further down the road at Puckett Cabin (Milepost 189.9), the story of the mountain mid wife who delivered 1,000babies in the region.

Late Afternoon – Early Evening

Arriving at the Blue Ridge Music Center (Milepost 213) you can perhaps catch Mountain Mid day Music or an outdoor concert (fees may apply) featuring the best bluegrass, old time, and gospel music in the region. At the visitor center, "The Roots of American Music" exhibition provides a thorough historical introduction to the music that is so much a part of the regional experience.

Galax, Virginia is ten miles away with lodging, restaurants and its extraordinary collection of bluegrass and old time music traditions providing a memorable evening.

Did You Know?

Graceful curves and old fences along the Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway was designed as a recreational motor road, connecting Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks.