Last updated: July 13, 2021
The Afton overlook provides visitors with magnificent views of the valley 1,000 feet below and east to the mountains beyond. Perhaps the most spectacular views occur at dawn when the rising sun sends ribbons of color streaming across the morning sky. Located just 0.2 miles from the beginning of the parkway, the overlook is named after the small town of Afton situated in the valley below. Once a prized destination for tourists seeking to escape the crowded cities and enjoy the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Afton is now the site of the western trailhead of the Blue Ridge Tunnel, a former railroad tunnel converted into a pedestrian trail. Hiking through the tunnel is a truly unique hiking experience!