Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
Length: 217 miles
Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway, “America’s Favorite Drive”, one of the most popular areas of the National Park System.
Blue Ridge Music Center
Celebrate the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge. Listen to old time and traditional mountain music, along with their many contemporary variations, during summer concerts held in the evenings and Sunday afternoons. Be sure to stop by the Roots of American Music exhibit and see how European and African music blended and influenced American music of today.
Glimpse early pioneer life as you visit one of the most photographed places in the US. Meander the paved path leading to the water-powered gristmill; visit the restored sawmill, woodworking shop, and blacksmith shop. Observe demonstrations and listen to live bluegrass.
Rocky Knob, known for its beautiful rock crystalline quartz formations, was once home for several mountain families whose lives we remember through the apple orchards and abandoned stone chimneys. This campsite also allows access into Rockcastle Gorge.
Virginia’s Explore Park
Travel along specially designed footpaths in a hardwood forest to historic areas and be entertained and enlightened by delightful costumed interpreters at the 1671 Totero Village, the 1757 Frontier Fort, and the 19th Century Valley Community - a true portrait of young America. The park also features exhibits and events designed to celebrate the cultural value of southwest Virginia.
Discover railroad heritage, take in the arts and culture, shop, eat and enjoy the wealth of outdoor recreation in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Top attractions include: Taubman Museum of Art, Science Museum of Western Virginia, The Farmer’s Market at Center in the Square and O Winston Link Museum
Peaks of Otter
Boasting interpretative programs, wildlife exhibits, walking trails, self guided wildflower walks, picnic areas, campground, restaurant, lodge and even a winery featuring fruit wines and blends reminiscent of "grandma's wines".
Cyrus McCormick’s Farm
In 1831 Cyrus McCormick invented the first mechanized reaper that revolutionized the world of agriculture and sparked the industrial revolution.
Crabtree Falls is the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River and is made up of a series of five major cascades that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet.
Sherando Recreation Area
Indulge in swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing.
Humpback Rocks Visitor Center
See Appalachian farm buildings of the 19th century at the Mountain Farm Exhibit. Witness living history demonstrations and view exhibits on housing, community, transportation and entertainment in the region.
Possible Overnights: Roanoke, Virginia; Peaks of Otter Lodge; Lynchburg, Virginia