Rocky Knob is an accurate description of the shape of the mountain that bears its name.
Rock Castle Gorge, 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. One of the Parkway's
most popular attractions, nearby Mabry Mill (milepost 176.1), was a gristmill
and sawmill for many years in the early part of this century.
Today the Rocky Knob area offers many diversions for the visitor, including a visitor center,
campground and cabins. Located near the intersection of the Parkway with
Virginia Route 8, the Rocky Knob recreation area covers more than 4000
acres. Interpretive talks and demonstrations are given in the summer months
and four trails offer a variety of scenic and historical wonders.