Thunder Ridge Overlook

Fall colors cloak a vast swath of forest below, while mountains rise in the distance
View from Thunder Ridge Overlook

NPS Photo/Peter Hamel

Quick Facts
Milepost 74
This is one of many overlooks along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail from Georgia to Maine. The Thunder Ridge Overlook sits just outside the boundary of the Thunder Ridge Wilderness area and offers the chance to ponder the value of wild places and Wilderness in today’s society.
Part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and on the boundary of the Thunder Ridge Wilderness area.

Benches/Seating, Cellular Signal, Parking - Auto, Picnic Table, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles

A favorite Parkway overlook, the Thunder Ridge Overlook provides a quiet perch towering over the Arnold Valley some 2,600 feet below.

The view includes parts of the Thunder Ridge and James River Face Wilderness areas and west to mountains 15 or more miles distant. The Appalachian Trail (AT) passes through the overlook on its way from Georgia to Maine, though a shorter alternative walk to the AT is the short 0.1 mile leg stretcher loop trail around a rocky outcrop. There is also a picnic table for a mountain top meal.

Note: Longer RVs/buses and vehicles pulling trailers should not use this overlook due to the inability to turnaround in the small parking lot with its single entry/exit point.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Last updated: October 29, 2020