The Blue Ridge Parkway is a national treasure. Let Virtual Blue Ridge be your guide to waterfalls, hiking trails, living history museums, visitors centers full of information, camping, picnicking, fishing, and some of the most beautiful vistas in the United States.
Southbound, this “first stop” offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural history.
Otter Creek and James River
James River/Otter Creek highlights the importance of the James River to regional development.
Peaks of Otter
A major developed area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Peaks of Otter features a living history farm, camping, hiking, lodging, and plenty of natural beauty.
Virginia’s Explore Park
Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 115, Explore Park features hundreds of acres of rolling hills, pristine woodlands, hiking trails, river frontage, historical buildings and a visitor information center. Whether you’re looking to bike, hike, canoe, picnic, or learn more about all Roanoke County has to offer, Explore Park is your destination for exploration!
From hiking at Roanoke Mountain to the wonders of the city of Roanoke, explore this lovely corner of southwest Virginia.
Smart View Recreation Area
The name Smart View applies to the long range, peaceful and colorful views in the area.
Rocky Knob, an area of exceptional beauty, is a must-see.
STOP! Do not miss Mabry Mill, one of the most popular attractions on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway.
Blue Ridge Music Center
Learn about traditional mountain music at the Blue Ridge Music Center and enjoy live performances during the summer.
In 1935, Cumberland Knob was the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began.
The open meadows of this park are some of the best locations along the Parkway for viewing wildlife, and the area is rich in preserved Appalachian history.
Northwest Trading Post
The shelves of this Trading Post are full of local color, home-crafted by talented Blue Ridge Mountain artisans.
E.B. Jeffress Park & The Cascades
A massive, thundering waterfall sits at the center of this park, with a short nature trail leading visitors to places to relax near the bottom of the falls.
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
A jewel of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Mansion are a must-see that reflect Gilded Age splendor.
Julian Price Memorial Park
Julian Price Memorial Park is a favorite of tourists and locals alike. Bring a picnic and relax in the park or enjoy hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and bouldering.
Linn Cove Viaduct
Recognized internationally as an engineering marvel, the Linn Cove Viaduct preserved the beauty of Grandfather Mountain by curving naturally with the Mountain’s contours.
Linville Falls is a beautiful series of dramatic falls that drop to a deep gorge, accessed by a trail lined with rare virgin stands of white pine and hemlock.
Museum of North Carolina Minerals
See educational and exciting exhibits about the geology of the region and the history of mining in the Spruce Pine, NC area.
Found at Crabtree Falls Campground. Take the road into the campground and stop at the campground information building to pick up a map. Parking area next to information building.
June and July are the months to visit this spectacular showplace of Catawba rhododendron and other late-blooming wildflowers.
Folk Art Center
This extensive building contains exhibits, an informative visitor center, a library, an auditorium, and a variety of crafts, jewelry, and art.
Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center
The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, located at milepost 384 near Asheville, opened in 2008. In this newest of the Parkway’s Visitors Centers, high-tech and innovative exhibits entertain and inform.
Equipped with lodge, restaurant, campground, and miles of hiking trails, Mount Pisgah sits at a higher elevation than any other developed area on the Parkway, and offers extraordinary views and solitude.
An ideal spot for watching sunrises and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation.
Oconaluftee Visitor Center
This area was the ancestral home of the Cherokee, and it s Visitor Center has a Pioneer Homestead exhibit, which includes a farm house, barns, and a mill.