Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions

Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions and Stops by Milepost in Virginia and North Carolina

There are numerous Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions such as overlooks, visitors centers, picnic areas, hiking trails and other stops along the 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. Here are just some of the many attractions located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina by listed by milepost.

Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions are below and not all are listed, so there is a lot to see.

Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park

Virginia Blue Ridge Attractions by Milepost

Milepost 0 –  Rockfish Gap  Where the Skyline Drive ends and the Blue Ridge Parkway begins in the state of Virginia.

Milepost 0 – Junction of US 340 and Skyline Drive. Skyline Caverns is located just 1 mile away. Open all year.

Milepost 0.6 – The northern entrance to Skyline Drive at Front Royal, Virginia. Underground caverns where rare Anthodites are displayed.  Guided tour.

Milepost 2.8 – Shenandoah Valley Overlook

Milepost 4.6 – Dickey Ridge Visitor Center

Milepost 5 –  Humpback Rocks    Visitors Center and mountain farm life exhibit, 800 acres. Picnic area.

Milepost 21 – Hogback Overlook

Milepost 34.4 Yankee Horse Parking Area

Milepost 41.7 – Highest point on Skyline Drive at 3,680 feet. Also Skyline Resort with lodging, dining, gift shop, horse back riding, and hiking trails.

Milepost 45.8 – Hawksbill Gap Parking Area. Trail to Hawksbill Mountains. The highest point in the park at 4,051 feet.

Milepost 51 –  Big Meadows. Three areas connected by trails with activities. Bryd Visitor Center, Big Meadows Lodge, and Big Meadows Campground

Milepost 60.8 – Otter Creek.  Campground, crafts, and gift store.

Milepost 62.9 – South River. Picnic area and hiking trail to South River Falls.

Milepost 66.5 – Hightop Mountain Parking. Near a crossing on the Appalachian Trail.

Milepost 78.2 – Rockytop Overlook Milepost 79.8 – Loft Mountain    Exhibits, information station, maps, campgrounds, store, gift shop, wayside facility, and nature trail.

Milepost 83.3 – Fallingwater Cascades National Scenic Trail

Milepost 84 – Peaks of Otter Area.   Visitors Center, 5000 acres, trails, historic farm, picnic area, restrooms and campground.

Milepost 98.9 – Calf Mountain Overlook. A gorgeous 360 degree view of the Shenandoah area.

Milepost 105.4 – Rockfish Gap. The junction of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions

Waterfalls along the Blue Ridge.

Milepost 120 –  Mill Mountain Discovery Center

Milepost 129.6 –  Roanoke Valley Parkway Overlook

Milepost 144 – Devils Backbone Parking Overlook

Milepost 176 Mabry Mill and Rocky Knob Restored grist mill, rural Appalachian farm life exhibit, Matthew’s Cabin, park rangers and information, hiking trails.

Milepost 188.8 – Groundhog Mountain parking Overlook

Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions

Blue Ridge Mountains

Milepost 213 – Blue Ridge Music Center Outdoor stage and concerts.

North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions by Milepost

MP 216.9 – Virginia/ North Carolina State Line

MP 217.5 – Cumberland Knob

MP 241 – Doughton Park-picnic area,comfort station, Brinegar Cabin and Wildcat Rocks

MP 258 – NW Trading Post-crafts, country gift shop and store.

MP 294 – Moses H. Cone Memorial Park-Country Estate, hiking, horse trails, bookstore and craft center.

MP 304 – Linn Cove Viaduct. The most recognized site on the parkway. Where the highway wraps around the side of Grandfather Mountain in a way to retain the natural beauty of the landscape. A must tour during autumn when the leaves change colors or in the winter when snow covers the scenic mountain vistas.

Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions

Linn Via Duct

MP 316 – Linville Falls Grandfather Mountains, mile-high swinging bridge. Linville Caverns, Linville Falls

MP 364 – Craggy Gardens  A spectacular display of rhododendrons in the spring and fall seasons. View the twisted rocky and jagged or “craggy” landscape of this region of The Blue Ridge Mountains.

MP 382 –  Headquarters of Southern Highland Craft Guild. Crafts, exhibits and demonstrations. Gift store.

MP 384 – Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center Information desk, interactive map, exhibits and Blue Ridge Parkway movie.

MP 408 – Mount Pisgah Campground, picnic tables, hiking trails, The Pisgah Inn overnight accommodations with panoramic views of the NC mountains.

MP 451 – Waterrock Knob  Visitor information, comfort stop, hiking trail. A 4 state view including The Great Smoky Mountains.

MP 469 – Cherokee, NC   Home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Cherokee NC

Cherokee, NC

Museum, family attractions, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, outdoor dram “Unto These Hills”, shops and more.

You can get a Blue Ridge Parkway map at most all of the US Ranger Stations along the route and they can also update you on current events and sites you may visit like the Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls.

There are many ” Blue Ridge Things To Do ” that are well worth the time and effort it takes to explore them. So enjoy and don’t forget one of the most anticipated Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions is the beautiful fall foliage in October of each year.

Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions

One of the Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions is the fall foliage.



Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions — 2 Comments

  1. Hello: There will be some rainy days when we are on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Can you suggest some
    stops for us? We will have rainjackets and umbrellas . Thank you so much.

    • If in Virginia Mabry Mills about Milepost 176. In NC Grandfather Mountain near Boone, Moses Cone Manor at Milepost 294, and Julian Price Memorial Park at MP 297. Below Asheville on the parkway I would recommend Graveyard Fields area on MP418 or Craggy Gardens area on MP 364.

      The parkway has lots of pull over place and overlooks. The areas mentioned will probably be the best places now to to see some pretty fall foliage due to the elevations.

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