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Freezing temperatures and snow are a possibility beginning in November. A medium shrub with bright orange to red flowers. Azaleas are in the rhododendron family. Bluets sometimes grow in large beds. The Carolina Lily L. The largest of several trilliums found along the parkway, grows to about 15 inches. Trilliums have 3 leaves and a single 3-petal flower. Always check your favorite weather-related web sites for conditions prior to your visit any time of the year. The park information line, , is also a good source of park information.

Always be prepared for fast-approaching winter weather conditions and expect parts of the road to be closed due to ice and snow. March — June Columbine - Aquilegia canadensis about 2 feet tall, nodding red and yellow flower. June — July Sun Drops - Oenothera fruticosa feet tall, yellow 4-petal flower. June — July Evening Primrose - Oenothera biennis feet tall, yellow 4-petal flower. June — July Phlox - Phlox species feet tall, magenta-pink flowers. July — October Touch-me-not - Impatiens species feet tall, nodding yellow or orange flower.

July — August Tall Bellflower - Campanula americana feet tall, blue, 5-petal flower. July — August White Snakeroot - Eupatorium rugosum feet tall, bright white flower heads. Dense Blazing Star - Liatris spicata feet tall, rose-purple flowered spike. August — Sept Goldenrod - Solidago species about 3 feet tall, golden-yellow spikes or plumes. Black-Eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta feet tall, yellow petals, black center.

Tall Coneflower - Rudbeckia laciniata feet tall, drooping yellow petals, green center. Coreopsis - Coreopsis major feet tall, golden-yellow petals, green center. Jerusalem Artichoke - Helianthus tuberosus feet tall, yellow petals, yellow center. Aster - Aster species feet tall; many small flowers; blue, purple, or white petals. Hiking maps are available for some of the trails listed below. Check with the Visitor Center closest to the trailhead. Milepost Trail - Miles - Difficulty 5. Milepost Trail - Miles - Difficulty Distances are one way except for loop trails. See trail maps for distances, features, walking conditions and important advice.

Waterfall Hikes Remember to always take caution while enjoying waterfalls around the Parkway. Do not climb on rocks near waterfalls and use extreme caution when walking along riverbanks. These rocks are slippery due to mist and algae. Never dive or jump into park waters. Submerged rocks, trees or debris could be immediately below the surface of the water.

Hiking to a waterfall can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. Below is a list of popular hikes with waterfalls along the Parkway. Apple Orchard Falls - These falls have a viewing platform directly underneath the falls, creating a refreshing shower during the summer months. Falling Water Cascades - Near Peaks of Otter, the trail is lined with rhododendrons, creating a beautiful hike setting. Travel east on Sliding Rock and Moore Cove Falls are nearby.

These falls lie along the Mountains-to-Sea trail. The moss covered stumps resemble graves. National Parks offer something for everyone We invite you to join in or learn more about any of the following during your Parkway visit. Ranger Led Programs Rangers and park volunteers share their knowledge of the Parkway by presenting a variety of interpretive programs from June through October. Campfire talks, guided hikes, historic craft demonstrations, music, and nature study are some of the activities you and your family can enjoy. Specific schedules are posted at all developed areas.

Ask for a handbook at any visitor center and begin your journey to becoming a Parkway Junior Ranger. Sustainability means different things to different people. Ecologically speaking, sustainability means living within the resources of the planet without damaging the environment now or in the future.

Awareness is the first step towards preserving this balance and National Parks are a great place to learn what steps you can take to help care for the planet. Ask how you can become a Junior Conservationist and Take a Step to Sustainability at any of the Parkway visitor centers. The Academy is an innovative, L-R: Music and Art in the Mountains - A celebration of the benefits of ART in our lives and their role in the establishment of the first National Park sites. The Transportation Festival at James River - where exhibitors including the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society, a replica Batteau, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Heritage Museum, and an Antique Automobile Club exhibit the various forms of travel that have moved goods and people through the area historically.

Situated at the popular Sharp Top Mountain trailhead and bus stop, visitors can stop in before and after their venture up to Sharp Top. Each trail has a series of brochures designed to turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled, discovery-packed adventure. Kids who hike these trails can register on the Kids in Parks website to win prizes that make their next outdoor adventure more fun. Learn more at kidsinparks. Along the majority of the Parkway, the boundary remains close at hand, and the long, sweeping views that we enjoy from the ridgetops extend all the way to the horizon.

People enjoy climbing up high and looking out into valleys and across distant mountain ranges, and into rural landscapes and local communities. This idea, the horizon as the boundary, also creates unique challenges today for those who manage the Parkway, since the park was designed to take full advantage of these scenic views.

Before and after vista clearing and a proud work crew. Surveys of visitors indicate that the primary reasons they come here are for recreation and for viewing scenery. Such surveys suggest a direct relationship. Land-use changes in the 29 counties along the Parkway are dramatically altering the scenic quality as viewed from some 1, Parkway roadside and overlook vistas. Another aspect of the viewshed issue that is becoming more of a concern to visitors is the amount of vegetation growth along the boundary blocking the view that visitors want to see.

Keeping overlooks and vistas cleared is time consuming and labor intensive. As so often is the case on the Parkway, partners and cooperators have come to our aid to assist. Haywood County, North Carolina has donated funds in recent years specifically earmarked for clearing vistas in those high elevation areas south of Asheville where visitors look out into that mountain county. In Virginia, in , the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway license plate program has generated the necessary funds for bringing in an expert group of National Park Service arborists and chain saw crew to clear over two dozen vistas and viewsheds in the Roanoke, VA region.

The Parkway may look simple on a map - a long, thin, blue line meandering down the mountains between Shenandoah and the Smokies. But keeping the magnificent views to the horizon as they were intended in the early days is a challenge that will continue for years to come. Human food can make any wild animal sick. The digestive system of a white tail deer, common around campgrounds and picnic areas, only breaks down the natural food sources including twigs, bark, leaves, grasses and acorns.

Wild animals like the taste of human food, but for their safety and health, do not feed them. The Parkway has unique habitats that support rare and endangered plants and animals. Many of these plants are threatened by foot traffic. The problem can be alleviated by the simple practice of staying on the trail. Whether you suspect the presence of rare plants or not, please stay on the trail — if for no other reason than to protect all plants and to prevent erosion.

Rabies can be transmitted by most wild animals. Animals in the park should not be treated as pets or lured close enough to feed or touch. If a squirrel, chipmunk, or other animal comes close without your encouragement, it could be a sign of serious illness. Please tell a ranger. All plants on the Parkway are protected. Many of our native wildflowers in the Blue Ridge are threatened by illegal harvesting. The large, round, shiny evergreen leaves of Galax have been gathered commercially in the southern Appalachian mountains for generations for decorative uses in floral arrangements.

Now harvested on a much larger scale, they are being shipped to flower shops around the world. Hiking shoes or boots are recommended for most trails, especially the more strenuous ones. Steep and rocky areas and slippery stream crossings require extra attention and careful footing. Lock valuables in the trunk of your car or take them with you. Even in mild seasons, rapid dips in temperature and unexpected thunderstorms frequently occur, and at higher elevations the wind and temperature can carry a surprising chill.

Be prepared for weather changes by bringing along suitable clothing. Do not drink the water from streams or springs. Please visit our website www. Real Time Road Closure Map: Mount Mitchell is the highest point in eastern North America, rising to 6, feet. A Mount Mitchell State Park map with trail information is available at the state park headquarters, two miles up NC State Highway from the park entrance at Milepost There are many trail access points along this section of the Parkway.

For more information, please refer to Appalachian Trail publications. From the Parkway, travelers can easily find this music in towns and venues throughout the region: Blue Ridge Music Trails: One of the challenges in daily operations and management of the Blue Ridge Parkway is its linear layout. Serving the visiting public and taking care of park resources requires more than a dozen field offices along its length.

The park-owned vehicles and heavy equipment must respond to the demands of mountainous terrain, often traveling 50 or more miles each day. This large fleet as well as the millions of travelers on the road put the Blue Ridge Parkway in a unique position to be a leader in sound environmental practices and in promoting the use of advanced technology vehicles. The Initiative supports transportation projects that educate park visitors on the benefits of reducing dependence on petroleum, cutting greenhouse gasses, and easing traffic congestion.

These new efficient vehicles will be added to a fleet already modernized with 51 vehicles that are designed to use E85 fuel. This plan will include proposed reduction of the overall fleet size, continued replacement of existing vehicles with more energy efficient or alternative fuel vehicles, reducing overall miles traveled, and implementation of gas-saving driving techniques. In the years ahead, the Parkway also expects to expand the use of E85 alternative fuel systems and incorporate additional hybrid electric and bi-fuel vehicles into the fleet.

The new hybrid and propane vehicles are expected to save 2, gallons of fuel each year. As stewards of our national cultural and natural treasures, the NPS is taking a leading role in sustainability and climate change mitigation to ensure these special places are around for the enjoyment of future generations. The Blue Ridge Parkway took a huge step forward in going green when the visitor center adjacent to park headquarters in Asheville, NC opened in What does it mean to be LEED certified?

Green Building Council UGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED certification promotes self-supporting design and calculates the environmental function of a building and the environmentallyfriendly measures taken during construction and subsequent use of the building.

Green buildings are not only good for the environment, they are good for us as well. Such construction means blending the building into its natural surroundings, less waste going to the landfill, lower operating costs, improved indoor air quality, and reduced air pollution. Among the most notable features of the green design of the Parkway visitor center include…. Green Roof - The 10, square foot roof of the visitor center is completely planted with native, drought tolerant plants.

Green roofs last longer, reduce energy costs with their natural insulation, and are thought to improve air quality by filtering out dust and smog. Trombe Walls - Some of the best eco-friendly design features are also the most simple and non-mechanical. Thick walls resulting in good insulation have been a part of smart design for generations. The angle of the building and its designed overhang keep the walls from heating up in the summer.

Natural Materials - The use of natural materials in construction, purchased within a mile radius, minimizing freight costs and aiding the local economy. Rainwater - A storm water runoff system captures rainwater either for use on site or allowing water to filter slowly back into the ground. The interactive I-Wall, a 22 foot map of the Parkway with multimedia information of places to visit is a great place to begin. In addition to year-round orientation of the Parkway and the Blue Ridge region, the National Park Service takes pride that the structure itself will continue to exemplify natural resource stewardship for years to come.

Stephen Mather knew that building public support for the newly established National Park System was crucial for its future. Fortunately, many non-profit partner groups today work hand-in-hand with the Blue Ridge Parkway. While these organizations have differing missions, they share an overarching goal: Learn more and get involved in their work. The Volunteers-In-Parks VIP Program at Blue Ridge Parkway works to preserve the cultural heritage, history, and natural resources of the Parkway region by helping to provide visitor services, education, interpretation, and resource protection programs and activities.

For more information about volunteering on the Blue Ridge Parkway visit http: With grand mountains, rich Appalachian culture, stunning landscapes, and outdoor adventures from beginning to end, this exceptional journey connects us to the natural wonders and enriching heritage of our mountains. Maintaining the ribbon of road, overlooks, forests, trails, historic sites, and more requires steady commitment, ample resources, and on-the-ground work.

Unlike many popular National Parks, the Parkway receives no income from entrance fees. By supporting the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, you play a role in sustaining and nurturing this national treasure. Without your support, many of the resources, amenities, and services often taken for granted would vanish. Whether your interests are in education, environmental and resource Mabry Mill. Vicki Dameron protection, visitor amenities, or cultural heritage, you can join the thousands of others who understand the importance of preserving this route that forever ties us to the grandeur and rich history of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For a full list of Foundation projects, please visit: In fact, it reaches across 11, square miles of mountains, valleys, rolling hills, rivers, lakes, and communities large and small. The Blue Ridge Parkway serves as a gateway to communities throughout this vast region and offers a premier opportunity for visitors to enjoy the spectacular natural heritage that is the cornerstone of the designation.

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina Western North Carolina has a national reputation as a music-rich region, and its traditions of old-time stringband music, ballad singing and bluegrass are internationally renowned. The artistry of our musicians has shaped many forms of American music. No other place has had more influence on the development of the banjo in America. One of the longest, unbroken ballad singing traditions in America is found in Madison County.

Team square dancing first originated in the s in Haywood County. Traditional music can be heard everywhere from hometown oprys and informal jam sessions to music halls and concert stages, such as the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Parkway. Festivals and old-time music conventions, some dating back almost a century, offer an abundance of opportunities for visitors to experience this authentic heritage throughout the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

The Parkway provides visitors with so many rich experiences and deserves our care in return. Yet, the funds to sustain and enhance this special place are limited. Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Each year, the Foundation adopts new projects that enhance the experience and protect the Blue Ridge Parkway for its visitors, which total more Photo: Think of all the journeys shared, trails explored, campsites enjoyed, historic sites visited, and the impact each has on every traveler.

Many national parks charge entrance fees, but Blue Ridge Parkway visitors enjoy all the scenic road has to offer for free. Without funding from park fees, outside support is critical to maintain the wealth of resources along the mile ribbon of road. When donors join in our efforts, they become members of our Community of Stewards and ensure a bright horizon for the journeys and generations to come. Through self-guided brochures that feature mascots, TRACK the dog and KIP the dragonfly, children are guided along family-friendly trails, encouraging them to explore the natural world and get active.

The program is effectively engaging children through activities and building their connection to parks that serve as enriching community resources. To find a trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway, visit www. Blue Ridge Music Center The Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost , is fertile ground for the rich sounds of the Blue Ridge Mountains, whether showcasing songs that have endured for generations or the evolving interpretations of young musicians embracing their musical heritage.

The Foundation oversees the musical programming at this National Park Service venue, planning stage performances every weekend from May through October, and helping organize free, daily Midday Mountain Musician concerts. The concerts complement the Roots of American Music Exhibit at the onsite museum. To plan a visit and secure concert tickets, visit www. The cornerstone work of FRIENDS is to provide volunteer and financial support to the Parkway in such a way that cultivates stewardship among neighboring communities, organizations, businesses and individuals of all ages: Work is accomplished annually on overlooks, trails, viewshed maintenance, volunteer programs, and special projects that meet park needs in maintenance, resource management, education, and interpretation.

The blazing fall leaves, lush forests, long distance vistas and spring flower blooms draw visitors back year after year. Since the program began, 6, trees have been planted in areas where views and ecological buffers have been compromised. With funds raised through Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway license plate sales, overlooks and vistas have begun to be cleared starting with the Fall week- long blitz in the Roanoke area. Because of a continual decrease in national funding, volunteers are vital to ensuring the survival of our Park.

Engaging young people, from elementary school to college age, as volunteers gives them a first-hand look at the impact of their work and helps to develop a lifelong love of the outdoors. FRIENDS funds environmental education for youth through the Youth Volunteers-in-Parks program, supports Summer student internships on the Parkway as well as an Alternative Spring Break program that brings in groups of university students for spring and fall projects on the Parkway. Box , Roanoke, Virginia The park holds more than miles of trails, including miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Trails may follow a ridge crest, or they may lead to high places with panoramic views or to waterfalls in deep canyons. Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which form the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains between Pennsylvania and Georgia. The rolling Piedmont country lies to the east of the park.

Skyline Drive, a mile road that winds along the crest of the mountains through the length of the park, provides vistas of the spectacular landscape to east and west. Many animals, including deer, black bears, and wild turkeys, flourish among the rich growth of an oak-hickory forest. In season, bushes and wildflowers bloom along the Drive and trails and fill the open spaces. Apple trees, stone foundations, and cemeteries are reminders of the families who once called this place home.

Shenandoah National Park has many stories waiting to be told, and a world of beauty that can renew and bring peace to the spirit. Plan to obtain all food, gas, and lodging outside of the park in December, January, February, and March. Visitors can participate in ranger-guided activities, view audio-visual programs or exhibits at visitor centers, fish, enjoy the panoramic views from overlooks, hike to peaks and waterfalls, or just plain relax in the peaceful surroundings.

Congress authorized creation of Shenandoah National Park. Today , acres of eastern deciduous forest are a sanctuary for more than varieties of trees, bird species, and 1, flowering plants. Lands were gradually purchased using private donations and through condemnation using states funds. On December 26, , Virginia gave the deeds to the Federal Government, formally establishing the park.

In , Shenandoah was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the recreation and re-creation found here. Visit Shenandoah and step back in time. Over buildings and structures within the Skyline Drive Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as being nationally significant for their architecture and association with the history of the s and s. It is our hope that this park, created as a peaceful refuge for nearby urban populations, will continue to offer relaxation, recreation, and inspiration for many generations to come.

Open Tues-Sun 10 am - 4 pm. Wingate by Wyndham - Just off Interstate 81, a perfect location for exploring the rich culture and history of the Shenandoah Valley. Over 50 Dinosaurs, gift shop. Historic district, quaint towns, museums, professional theatre, cinema, golf, and fine restaurants. Discover the new Gettysburg museums, tours, Pres. Golfing, skiing, history, antiquing, wineries, historic towns, festivals and caverns. Free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, indoor pool, meeting rooms. Open Daily, weekdays, weekends. Hampton Inn - Winchester Rd. S of I from N. Newly renovated, suite shop, fitness center, indoor pool, business center, free hot breakfast, Wi-Fi, HHonors Points.

Junction US and Skyline Drive. From Front Royal east 35 miles to Middleburg. Front Royal North Entrance Station is staffed by National Park Service personal who, besides collecting entrance fees, can answer your questions and give other assistance. Miniature train, gift shop, fast food, country store, rock shop. Located at the top of the Shenandoah Valley miles north and just minutes from Shenandoah National of the Skyline Park, Winchester-Frederick County is a choice destination for visitors who appreciate friendly, Drive, via US relaxing towns with big city amenities and the and I rural countryside.

Take in the sheer scenic beauty, premiere shopping and dining destinations, family- Exit B friendly festivals, outdoor recreational activities, if heading farm markets, live theatre, historical attractions, south and musical events that await your enjoyment in the city and county known for apples, the Civil War, Patsy Cline, George Washington, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival and much more. Shenandoah Valley Overlook provides a sweeping view across the valley to Signal Knob, a Civil War communications post to the right on Massanutten Mountain.

The mountain divides the valley and the Shenandoah River, with the south fork on the near side and the north fork on the far side. The two forks meet north of Front Royal. Dickey Ridge Visitor Center. Exhibits, movie, publications, water, comfort stations and picnic grounds.

Mathews Arm Campground is open late May through October. Tent and trailer sites, sewage disposal station. No showers or laundry. Camp store two miles south on Skyline Drive. In Luray, near Caverns, Skyline Drive, mountain views, riverfront, fireplace, hot tub, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, kitchen, open yr. Steeped in rich history and natural your northern beauty this thriving community boasts attractions and amenities for everyone. Gateway to Shenandoah National Park Outfitters rent canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes for floating down the Shenandoah, and the Canoe its beauty celebrated in song.

Taste and tour at World-class Wineries, and play Capital of the greens at five award-winning Golf destinations. The Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Shenandoah River in Front Royal beckoning you to discover miles of parkland, hiking trails, electrifying waterfalls and wildlife viewing. Highlights include museums, antiques, fine art, estate jewelry, live music and do-it-yourself crafts. Enjoy an eclectic mix of restaurants and relax in the Village Commons, a favorite spot for events, concerts and meeting friends.

Luray Caverns Motels - Opposite each caverns entrance. Quiet, scenic locations with Blue Ridge Mountain views. Discount food coupons, free WiFi, pools. Golf packages at Caverns Country Club Resort. The Mimslyn Inn - Circa Comfortable, inviting, and ready for you to experience. Pool, themed mini golf, 3 types of cabins, water slide.

Mail requests to P. Box , New Market, VA Museum shop, picnic area, overlooks. Walking trail on actual battlefield. Shenandoah Caverns - Thrilling visitors from around the world, Shenandoah Caverns is the only cavern in Virginia with elevator service. Explorers of every age and ability will discover an underground world of wonder. With level walkways and no stairs, only our sights are breathtaking! Four attractions, one low price. Thornton Gap Entrance - West 9 mi. Thornton Gap is one of the major entrances to the park. Park rangers at the entrance station can answer your questions and give other assistance.

Park Headquarters is four miles west on US Picnic grounds with shelter, tables, fireplaces, water and comfort station. Access to Appalachian Trail. Area attractions include the legendary Luray Caverns; Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive; miles of hiking and biking trails; golf and a variety of sports on the beautiful Shenandoah River. Look for locally-produced food on restaurant menus. Call them at Hawksbill Gap Parking Area trails lead to Hawksbill Mountain, at 4, feet the highest point in the park. Dark Hollow Falls, the waterfall closest to the Drive, cascades 70 feet over greenstone.

Round trip from the parking area is 1. Big Meadows offers a multitude of activities and services at three sites, all connected by a network of trails. The wayside facilities include a coffee shop, camp store, gift shop and service station. One mile from the Drive, using either entrance, is Big Meadows Lodge with rooms, dining room and gift shop open in spring, summer and fall. Big Meadows Campground has tent and trailer sites, trailer sewage disposal station, showers, laundry, ice, firewood, picnic ground and the summer campfire program.

During the summer and fall, campsites at the campground may be available by reservation only. Byrd Visitor Center is open winter weekends, weather and drive conditions permitting. Please call the park for current information of if you plan to visit in winter. Shenandoah National Park Headquarters: Flame Azalea is appropriately named for the clusters of brightly colored, 2-inch blooms that decorate the shrub from late spring to midsummer. The funnel-shaped flowers range in color from yellow to orange and deep red. Flame azalea is a versatile shrub that is stunning in almost any setting. Stony Man Mountain Overlook.

Straight ahead as you enter the overlook from the north is the profile of a man looking up toward the sky. Across the valley is Massanutten Mountain. Little Stony Man Cliffs can be reached by a round trip hike of 0. Highest point on Skyline Drive at 3, feet. One of the primary tourist facility stops. Naturalist George Freeman Pollock who built Skyland resort in the s, was a major proponent for establishing the park. Lodge, dining room, gift shop, riding horses, Stony Man Nature Trail and other trails, conducted hikes and evening programs. Open late March through late November.

Whiteoak Canyon has six waterfalls. Limberlost Trail accessible , a 1. It is an accessible trail with assistance , with a crushed greenstone walkway, wooden boardwalk and bridge, and many benches. Another trail leads to Bettys Rock, 0. Open mid-May through early November.

Gift shop with handcrafted items and special gifts. Limberlost Trail Milepost 43 , is often enjoyed by people with mobility challenges. This circuit hike of 1. The trail passes through forest and a stand of mountain laurel - stunningly beautiful when it blooms in June. Civil War battlefields, miles of scenic byways, country inns, wineries, and unparalleled shopping and dining. Many NPS-managed campsites can be reserved six months in advance. To check availability or make a reservation visit www. Bearfence Mountain Summit provides a degree view.

The round trip from the parking lot is only 1. Lewis Mountain Facilities and services include cabins, campground with tent and trailer sites, camp store, picnic ground and campfire facilities. South River is a fine place to stop for a picnic and then take a hike to South River Falls, 2. Shenandoah Hills Campground - Open year round. Propane, dump, 50A, 30A. East 12 miles to Standardsville, west 7 mi. Culpeper, VA Just a short drive from the Parkway lies Culpeper, a historic and revitalized Virginia town filled with world class restaurants, vintage diners, local art, antiques, unique shops, and more.

Enjoy classic movies on the big screen at the beautiful Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater or a stage performance at the newly restored art-deco State Theatre. Culpeper lies at the foothills of the Blue Ridge, and is an ideal base to hike, bike, paddle, fish, and horseback ride. Plan your adventure in historic Harrisonburg by visiting the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center, the place where history and hospitality meet.

Open daily 9am-5pm www. Stonewall Jackson Inn - Stay Here! Check our happy guest reviews! Family owned for 3 generations. Hightop Mountain Parking, at an elevation of 2, feet, is on the west side of the Drive and provides access to the Appalachian Trail and outstanding views on the summit of Hightop Mountain. Simmons Gap Ranger Station personnel are responsible for the southern portion of the park.

Stop if you need assistance from the rangers. Harrisonburg, VA Just minutes from the Shenandoah National Park, this historic town is a cultural destination renowned for its farm-to-table cuisine, shopping, vibrant arts and entertainment, community events, and beautifully preserved buildings. You can stroll through gardens at the Edith J.

Harrisonburg is buzzing with a variety of green activities for all types of travelers, including fly-fishers, hikers, foodies, wine and beer connoisseurs, shopaholics, art enthusiasts, and more. This thriving city is home to a lively downtown district, breathtaking views, and endless entertainment fit for any traveler. Visit the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center, the place where history and hospitality meet, located downtown and open daily from 9 a.

Shenandoah National Park has over miles of trails. Loft Mountain Campground has both tent and trailer sites, a trailer sewage disposal station, wayside facility with a camp store, gift shop, showers, laundry, ice, firewood, a self-guiding nature trail, and conducted programs in the summer. This campground usually closes in late October. Amphitheater; hikes in summer. Jones Run is a good place to park for a rewarding hike of 3.

Blackrock Summit Parking is the start of a one-mile round trip hike to Blackrock and outstanding views. Montfair Resort Farm - 18 mi. Hiking, fishing, canoes, mtn. Rockfish South Entrance Station is staffed by the Park Service who can answer questions and provide assistance. East on 20 to Charlottesville. I also crosses the mountains here. Rockfish Gap starts, or ends Skyline Drive, depending on which way you are heading. Day passes include house tours.

Special tours including the Behind-the-Scenes tour also offered daily. Visit website to book in advance. In this day and age, people are busy and time is valuable. Increasingly, people are also satisfied with getting their experiences from secondary sources, rather than the real thing. A Parkway experience defies all of these trends. That kind of experience tends to stamp an impression on your mind… it should be an experience that is unforgettable. During your Parkway experience, keep in mind the pride, enjoyment, and responsibility that go along with it.

Your pride in this place, whether you are a neighbor enjoying an afternoon drive or here from outside the region for the first time, is important and helps in protecting the Parkway. Your enjoyment may come from the streams, trails, wildlife, and historic structures, or from the intangible things like cool air, vistas, or the absolute serenity of the place. Your responsibility comes in the stewardship that is required of all visitors to all National Park sites. This place cannot stay the way we know it without community, regional, and individual help.

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Generous donations to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation funded the replacement of the waterwheel at Mabry Mill, milepost , helping to retain the historic landscape at this popular site. Volunteer services, internships and a variety of partnerships have become an essential and effective means for the National Park Service to fulfill parts of our mission and foster a shared sense of stewardship that is so crucial for our future. There are thousands of opportunities for high school, college, and graduate school students to work alongside National Park Service staff to explore potential careers, gain valuable job experience, fulfill college requirements, and learn new skills.

Many internships are filled at the park level so contact the park that interests you - -. In addition, the Volunteers-In-Parks VIP Program at Blue Ridge Parkway works to preserve the cultural heritage, history, and natural resources of the Parkway region by helping to provide visitor services, education, interpretation, and resource protection programs and activities. Contact For a full list of Foundation projects, please visit: With rich Appalachian culture, stunning landscapes, and outdoor adventures from beginning to end, this exceptional journey connects us to the natural wonders and enriching heritage of our mountains.

Maintaining the ribbon of road, overlooks, forests, trails, historic sites, and more requires steady commitment, ample resources, and on-the-ground work. Unlike many popular National Parks, the Parkway receives no income from entrance fees. By supporting the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, you play a role in sustaining and nurturing this national treasure.

Without you, many of the resources, amenities, and services often taken for granted would vanish. Whether your interests are in education, environmental and resource protection, visitor amenities, or cultural heritage, you can join the thousands of others who understand the importance of preserving this route that forever ties us to the grandeur and rich history of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Skyline Caverns is celebrating more than 75 years of discovery! It is designed especially for leisurely enjoyment of the scenic and cultural wonders along the way - a high road of adventure, intended for travel on the ride-awhile, stop-awhile basis.

There is no entrance fee for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Be inspired by a true American original. What life at the top should feel like. Looking for a refreshing experience in travel? Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost No gasoline is available on the Parkway. Humpback Rocks Trails Peaks of Otter Roanoke Mountain Overlook Blue Ridge Music Center. The only state-owned Civil War museum in Virginia. The museum focuses on the entire war in the Commonwealth of Virginia with special attention paid to the Battle of New Market on May 15th and the role played by the Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets.

Skyland — perched at 3, feet, the highest point along Skyline Drive — affords breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley. Country-style menu, featuring our famous sweet potato, cornmeal and buckwheat pancakes. Gift shop offers Virginia crafts, gifts and souvenirs. Become a member, volunteer, purchase a VA license plate to support vista restoration, or connect with your local chapter.

Work together with other regional business owners, communities, and nonprofits to provide maps and Parkway information for travelers. Become a member of our Community of Stewards. Make a donation or purchase a NC specialty license plate to support a wide range of projects on the Parkway, from historic preservation to environmental initiatives. Fortunately, many nonprofit partner groups now work hand-in-hand with the Blue Ridge Parkway. While these organizations have differing missions, they share an overarching goal: Increasingly, partnerships are essential and effective means for the National Park Service to fulfill parts of our mission and foster a shared sense of stewardship.

Stephen Mather knew that building public support for a fledgling National Park System was crucial for its future. Hike with us on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Shop at 14 Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center stores to support the park and its programs, enrich your park visit and multiply your memories! Each Blue Ridge Parkway visitor center and store has a different story to tell with uniquely themed product collections.

Sample Southern Appalachian crafts and lifeways, the history of American music, Victorian manor life, a waterfall gateway to wilderness or highelevation mountaintops, collect National Park Service Passport stamps and more. Join us for a hike and learn how we work with landowners and local land trusts to protect spectacular Parkway vistas. Humpback Rocks MP 5. Connect with the Blue Ridge Parkway! Get the latest news and updates including photos, events, and road conditions.

Protect and preserve the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area through the development of natural and cultural resources. Promote economic opportunity through heritage tourism. Traversing Virginia and western North Carolina, the Parkway encompasses a mile drive through many areas of natural and cultural significance.

This National Scenic Byway is a two-lane road with a maximum speed limit of 45 mph. For those who enjoy road trips and nature, traveling the Parkway is not to be missed. A Parkway trip can be the opposite of hectic daily life. People are busy, inundated with information and connected as much as possible.

We often rely on secondary sources rather than personal experiences. A Parkway experience defies much of this. Slow and relaxed, the Parkway provides sunshine, mountain gusts and up-close views of the Blue Ridge region. The breathtaking views stamp an unforgettable impression on your mind.

The landscapes along the Virginia portion of the Parkway differ from those in North Carolina. A glimpse of traditional early days of settlement is visible in Virginia, with recreated farms near Humpback Rocks and Mabry Mill further south.

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Exploration of their homes and haunts presents an interesting side trip. The Parkway inspires pride, appreciation and responsibility. Whether enjoying an afternoon drive or visiting for the first time, pride is important to protecting the Parkway. Appreciation may be found in the streams, trails, wildlife, historic structures, cool air, vistas or absolute serenity. Responsibility lies in the stewardship required of all visitors to National Park sites. This place can only stay as we know it with community, regional and individual help.

Whatever your Parkway experience, respect other visitors and wildlife and keep to the trails to enjoy all of it. The Park holds more than miles of trails, including miles of the Appalachian Trail. Trails may follow a ridge crest, or they may lead to high places with panoramic views or to waterfalls in deep canyons. Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which form the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains between Pennsylvania and Georgia. The rolling Piedmont country lies to the east of the Park.


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Skyline Drive, a mile road that winds along the crest of the mountains through the length of the Park, provides vistas of the spectacular landscape to east and west. Many animals, including deer, black bears, and wild turkeys, flourish among the rich growth of an oak-hickory forest. In season, bushes and wildflowers bloom along the Drive and trails and fill the open spaces. Apple trees, stone foundations, and cemeteries are reminders of the families who once called this place home. Shenandoah National Park has many stories waiting to be told, and a world of beauty that can renew and bring peace to the spirit.

Visitors can participate in Ranger-guided activities, view audio-visual programs or exhibits at visitor centers, enjoy the panoramic views from overlooks, hike to peaks and waterfalls, fish or just plain relax in the peaceful surroundings. Congress authorized creation of Shenandoah National Park. Today nearly , acres of eastern deciduous forest are a sanctuary for more than varieties of trees, bird species, and 1, flowering plants.

Private lands were purchased by the Commonwealth of Virginia. On December 26, , Virginia gave the deeds to the Federal Government, formally establishing the Park.

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In , Shenandoah was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the recreation and re-creation found here. Visit Shenandoah and step back in time. Over buildings and structures within the Skyline Drive Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as being nationally significant for their architecture and association with the history of the s and s. It is our hope that this park, created as a peaceful refuge for nearby urban populations, will continue to offer relaxation, recreation, and inspiration for many generations to come.

Scenic drives, hiking, paddling, history, vineyards, breweries, restaurants, caverns. Free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, indoor pool, meeting rooms. Over 50 Dinosaurs, gift shop. Open Tues-Sun 10 am - 4 pm. Historic district, quaint towns, museums, professional theatre, cinema, golf, and fine restaurants.

Front Royal North Entrance Station is staffed by National Park Service personal who, besides collecting entrance fees, can answer your questions and give other assistance. Shenandoah Valley Overlook provides a sweeping view across the valley to Signal Knob, a Civil War communications post to the right on Massanutten Mountain.

The mountain divides the valley and the Shenandoah River, with the south fork on the near side and the north fork on the far side. The two forks meet north of Front Royal. Miniature train, gift shop, fast food, Enchanted Dragon Mirror Maze, rock shop. Dickey Ridge Visitor Center. Exhibits, movie, publications, water, comfort stations and picnic grounds. Access point US and Skyline Drive. From Front Royal east 35 miles to Middleburg. Winchester, VA Open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm. A unique history, vibrant pedestrian downtown, and an array of lodging, dining and shopping choices all abound in a place where you can follow in the footsteps of George Washington, Stonewall Jackson and Patsy Cline.

Spring and summer visitors will be treated to the world-famous Apple Blossom Festival, thriving nights and a vibrant countryside. Mathews Arm Campground is open late May through October. Tent and trailer sites, sewage disposal station. No showers or laundry. Camp store two miles south on Skyline Drive. Shenandoah National Park has over miles of trails. In Luray, near Caverns, Skyline Drive, mountain views, riverfront, fireplace, hot tub, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, kitchen, open yr.

Luray Caverns Motels - Opposite each caverns entrance. Quiet, scenic locations with Blue Ridge Mountain views. Discount food coupons, free WiFi, pools. Golf packages at Caverns Country Club Resort. The Mimslyn Inn - Circa Comfortable, inviting, and ready for you to experience. Steeped in rich history and natural beauty this thriving community boasts attractions and amenities for everyone.

The Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Shenandoah River in Front Royal beckoning you to discover miles of parkland, hiking trails, electrifying waterfalls and wildlife viewing. Outfitters rent canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes for floating down the Shenandoah, its beauty celebrated in song.

Taste and tour at World-class Wineries, and play the greens at five award-winning Golf destinations. Highlights include museums, antiques, fine art, estate jewelry, live music and do-it-yourself crafts. Enjoy an eclectic mix of restaurants and relax in the Village Commons, a favorite spot for events, concerts and meeting friends. Pool, themed mini golf, 3 types of cabins, water slide. Shenandoah Caverns - Explore an underground world of wonders that has been thrilling visitors for over 90 years.

Mail requests to P. Box , Winchester, VA The Valley also witnessed some of the most dramatic events of the Civil War, including the Battle of Cedar Creek, a decisive October 19, Union victory. Museum shop, picnic area, overlooks. Walking trail on actual battlefield. Thornton Gap Entrance Station - West 9 mi. Thornton Gap is one of the major entrances to the park. Park Rangers at the entrance station can answer your questions and give other assistance. Park Headquarters is four miles west on US The fabled Shenandoah River also traverses the gently rolling farmland of this central Shenandoah Valley region.

The picturesque, rural setting boasts charming towns with historic sites, loads of antique shops, farmers markets, fairs, and festivals. Outdoor activities abound with canoeing and kayaking on the storied Shenandoah and discovery is available through horseback riding in the George Washington National Forest. The region is a destination for hiking, cycling, racing, and many participatory events along with hundreds of weddings in outdoor venues, area lodges, inns, and more.

Closer to nature, find campsites and camp resorts, with cabins galore; Page County is aptly designated as the Cabin Capital of Virginia. So, from the geological wonders beneath the earth to the vistas of lush farm fields reaching for the foothills in the Blue Ridge Mountains — you really can Choose Your Level when visiting Luray and Page County. Picnic grounds with shelter, tables, fireplaces, water and comfort station. Access to Appalachian Trail.

Stony Man Mountain Overlook. Straight ahead as you enter the overlook from the north is the profile of a man looking up toward the sky. Across the valley is Massanutten Mountain. Little Stony Man Cliffs can be reached by a round trip hike of 0. North Entrance to Skyland. Highest point on Skyline Drive at 3, feet. One of the primary tourist facility stops. Naturalist George Freeman Pollock who built Skyland resort in the s, was a major proponent for establishing the park. Lodge, dining room, gift shop, riding horses, Stony Man Nature Trail and other trails, conducted hikes and evening programs.

Open late March through late November. Whiteoak Canyon has six waterfalls. Limberlost Trail accessible , a 1. It is an accessible trail with assistance , with a crushed greenstone walkway, wooden boardwalk and bridge, and many benches. Just a short distance West of Skyline Drive, enjoy the charm and beauty of six historic small towns situated along route 11 like pearls on a string.

During your stay, experience the best of outdoor recreation: Take a scenic drive down country roads to find vineyards and farms. You may sip local wines and brews and enjoy the freshest flavors of our agricultural communities through farm-to-fork dining. However you choose to enjoy the valley, Shenandoah County has so much to offer:.

Hawksbill Gap Parking Area trails lead to Hawksbill Mountain, at 4, feet the highest point in the park. Dark Hollow Falls, the waterfall closest to the Drive, cascades 70 feet over greenstone. Round trip from the parking area is 1. Big Meadows offers a multitude of activities and services at three sites, all connected by a network of trails.

The wayside facilities include a coffee shop, camp store, gift shop and service station. One mile from the Drive, using either entrance, is Big Meadows Lodge with rooms, dining room and gift shop open in spring, summer and fall. Big Meadows Campground has tent and trailer sites, trailer sewage disposal station, showers, laundry, ice, firewood, picnic ground and an amphitheater for ranger programs. During the summer and fall, campsites at the campground may be available by reservation only. Byrd Visitor Center is open winter weekends, weather and drive conditions permitting. Please call the park for current information or if you plan to visit in winter.

Shenandoah National Park Headquarters. Open mid-May through early November. Gift shop with handcrafted items and special gifts. Bearfence Mountain Summit provides a degree view. The round trip from the parking lot is only 1. Facilities and services include cabins, campground with tent and trailer sites, camp store, picnic ground and campfire facilities. Shenandoah Hills Campground - Open year round.

East 12 miles to Standardsville, west 7 mi. Harrisonburg Virginia, 23 miles from Skyline Drive, on 33 West to visit us for shopping, museums, and local eateries. Stonewall Jackson Inn - Stay Here! Check our happy guest reviews! Family owned for 3 generations. For Blue Ridge Parkway information, including road conditions or closings, please visit go. These mountains span from Georgia to Pennsylvania, containing the highest mountains in the eastern United States. This historic byway will give you and your family a well-rounded excursion through the Piedmont Region of Virginia.

Starting and ending points in Virginia: Leesburg and Charlottesville Time to Drive: There is no park admission fee and the speed limit varies. This byway travels through a region with exceptional historic value. Charlottesville will also offer a selection of first-rate museums, galleries, wineries, shops and parks dispersed throughout the area. Hightop Mountain Parking, at an elevation of 2, feet, is on the west side of the Drive and provides access to the Appalachian Trail and outstanding views on the summit of Hightop Mountain.

Simmons Gap Ranger Station personnel are responsible for the southern portion of the park. Stop if you need assistance from the Rangers. Loft Mountain Wayside has a restaurant and gift store. Loft Mountain Campground one mile up the access road from Skyline Drive has both tent and trailer sites, a trailer sewage disposal station, camp store, showers, laundry, ice, firewood, and conducted ranger programs in the summer.

This campground usually closes in late October. Amphitheater; hikes in summer. Day passes include house tours. Special tours including the Behind-the-Scenes tour also offered daily. Visit website to book in advance. Doyles River Trail takes you to the upper falls, 2. Jones Run is a good place to park for a rewarding hike of 3. Blackrock Summit Parking is the start of a onemile round trip hike to Blackrock and outstanding views. Montfair Resort Farm - 18 mi. Eco-friendly vacation cabins by mtn lake. All cabins have WiFi. Hiking, fishing, canoes, bikes included! Rockfish Gap Entrance Station is staffed by the Park Service who can answer questions and provide assistance.

East on 20 to Charlottesville. I also crosses the mountains here. Rockfish Gap starts, or ends Skyline Drive, depending on which way you are heading. The Blue Ridge Mountains, the mountains the Parkway runs through, are made up of granite, metamorphosed volcanic formations and sedimentary limestone. These mountains were formed over million years ago! Events, concerts and festivals year round. A living history museum. Luxury rooms, free hot breakfast, fitness room, outdoor pool.

West 4 miles to Waynesboro, 15 mi. Shops, restaurants, gas, and outdoor recreation. Information center located at exit 99 off of I Our awardwinning hotel is just 5 minutes from MP 0 of the Parkway! Locally owned, 26 rooms, laundry, internet, cozy, great views. Days Inn Waynesboro - I exit Newly renovated oversized guest rooms boast panoramic mountain views.

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Hampton Inn - Luxury rooms, free hot breakfast, free high speed wireless internet access, indoor pool, fitness room, near hospital. Holiday Inn Express - 20 Windigrove Drive. Great service and good rooms with breakfast, indoor pool and Jacuzzi. Quality Inn - 4. Newly renovated rooms, features hot breakfast, outdoor pool, and free high speed internet. Travelers heading south from Rockfish Gap experience a scenic drive through a mountain forest interspersed with agricultural lands.

Climbing and descending ridge tops and gaps offers magnificent views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west and Rockfish Valley to the east, along with the flora and fauna of Appalachian hardwood forests. This is a region that was once cleared for agriculture, trade routes, timber harvesting, and subsistence living. Now it supports mature forests, designated wilderness, US Forest Service lands, and the return of many species of wildlife not seen in years.

Humpback Rocks at Milepost 5. The prominent rock outcrop was a landmark guiding wagon trains over the Howardsville Turnpike in the s. A portion of the historic trace still exists. This was a major route across the narrow Blue Ridge until railroads came through the mountain gaps.

Adjacent to NPS Humpback Rocks Visitor Center, an outdoor farm museum is surrounded by nearly 3, acres of predominantly forested lands. Early Parkway designers collected buildings from nearby and assembled them here in an arrangement that allows for an easy stroll along the pathway. The farm museum consists of a single-room log cabin and a series of outbuildings that represent elements of regional architecture of the late nineteenth century. Costumed interpreters provide demonstrations seasonally, including weaving, basket making and gardening.

Interpretation focuses on and emphasizes the generalized life styles of subsistence farmers. A visit to Humpback Rocks will help travelers better understand the difficulties and advantages associated with farming and living in these mountains and get a sense of how transportation routes across the mountains linked residents and communities in the region. Mountain farm exhibit Milepost 5.

Exit at Milepost 16, ft west on Route Year round, quiet, secluded, fully furnished resort, mt. Wintergreen Resort - Lodging, dining, 45 holes of golf, tennis, pools, skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, spa, hiking, fishing. MP 27, 5 min RT 56 W www. Set on 28 acres at feet, the inn is a place of peace and tranquility. Relax in rustic elegance and enjoy mile views from our front porch. Wood-burning fireplaces in every room.

A full country breakfast is included; dinner is available for inn guests with advance reservations. Remember how to have fun in our square mile playground, then rest at a unique local bed and breakfast or cabin. Be entertained with the simple things — take time to relax, enjoy the scenery, the local music scene or the farm-to-the-table culinary delights from local restaurants, wineries, breweries, cideries or distilleries. Glen Maury Park Campground - 10th St. Cabin rentals available year round. Fee-based trout ponds, no license required.

For more info, visit www. For reservations call Rock-n-Creek Cabin - 1. Hampton Inn Col Alto - E. Historic manor rooms and modern rooms. Visit the awe-inspiring Natural Bridge State Park, paddle the James River, cycle picturesque backroads, enjoy a vineyard or brewery, or tap your toes at a music festival at Glen Maury Park. Marshall — you can visit the museums, houses and grave sites honoring these iconic leaders. Hop aboard a horsedrawn carriage tour, and patron indie-owned eateries and boutiques.

Drive 3 miles of road where animals of all sizes, shapes and colors approach your vehicle in search of a tasty bucket of feed. See deer, camels, bison, zebras, elk, giraffe, and many more! North of Natural Bridge on Rt. I Exits or Feed over tame beautiful parakeets in our huge new parakeet landing aviary. Take a detour at Milepost At times throughout its history, Lynchburg ranked as one of the wealthiest communities per capita nationally fueling building booms some extraordinary architecture.

These historic structures are now revitalized into unique places to experience our arts, culinary and recreational activities. Fallingwater Cascades National Scenic Trail. Divided into two sections or may be hiked as one continuous loop. Fallingwater Cascades section is a 1. Flat Top section is more strenuous, 2. Peaks of Otter Area - 5, acres. Picnic area, campground, restrooms. Toll free , Farm vacation rental house.

Flame Azalea is named for the clusters of vibrant blooms that decorate the shrub Photo by Vicki Dameron. Discover his personal retreat. Step into his private world. Through guided house tours visitors will be welcomed March 15 - December 30, 7 days a week from to rediscover Thomas Jefferson.

Located near Lynchburg, VA. Other American heroes are remembered at The National D-Day Memorial, an extraordinary-moving tribute in the community which suffered the largest casualties per-capita on D-Day. Historic Centertown offers shops, restaurants, Art Galleries and cafes in a delightful historic old fashioned downtown.

Smith Mountain Lake offers boat cruises aboard the Virginia Dare and many other recreational offerings.

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Begin your stay at the Bedford Welcome Center, open daily. To reach Bedford from the Parkway exit at MP Spacious rooms, free breakfast, pet friendly, adjacent restaurant, seasonal pool, RV parking. Centertown Bedford building accommodates family of 5. Visitors to the Peaks of Otter gain a sense of both the history of community and the history of tourism in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The community had its beginning in when Thomas Wood settled here from Pennsylvania.

By the mid s, there were twenty families, a school, and a church integrated into the business of tourism, providing food and labor for a large resort hotel. Visitors will get a sense that many of the things attracting them to the Peaks of Otter today have attracted visitors for centuries. Prominent historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. The Johnson Farm provides opportunities for insight into community life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with hands on living history demonstrations that convey a sense of visiting an occupied family home.

Natural history also abounds at the Peaks of Otter, an area that is representative of the hardwood forests common along the mid range elevations of the Parkway. The area is also home to rare plants and animal species and an extensive trail system offers visitors access to these areas. Overnight lodging and food service makes the Peaks especially attractive. What attracts visitors today, abundant wildlife, the high mountains, cool summer temperatures, and diversity of natural resources, have made the Peaks of Otter a hunting destination for humans for 10, years and a destination for travelers for centuries.

Newly developed exhibits in the visitor center convey this in more detail. Olde Liberty Station Restaurant - Your ticket for casual dining. Vanquility Acres Inn - Rt 43S 8 mi. Apple Festival 3rd Sat. Peaks of Otter Area Visitor Center? And Park Store - 5, acres. Self-guided trail, historic farm interpretive programs.

Open daily from mid-April through November. Weekends December through early April. Shuttle to Sharp Top Mountain. Downtown historic district with structures dating from - Walk our Swinging Bridge or paddle the James River. Beautiful mtn camping on the creek, food available, pool, fishing, swim pond, laundry, showers, ice cream. Hilltop location with scenic views. From Parkway exit via Rt. Phones, TV, AC, pool. Access point Parkway and US Access point Parkway and VA Visitor Center at Explore Park. Contains a gift shop featuring local artisan crafts and Parkway memorabilia, public restrooms, and a media center with videos on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Explore Park features hiking and biking trails, a gift shop and special events. An environmental education and regional information center providing nature programs, hands-on exhibits, and visitor information. Open 6 days a week year round. Endless choices for creative cuisine and more shopping than you can squeeze into a weekend are just the beginning. The vibrant arts and culture scene includes one-of-akind opportunities like the Taubman Museum of Art, the renovated Center in the Square, the Virginia Museum of Transportation and more.

Trains, antique vehicles, cars, model train layout, museum store. Mon-Sat , Sun Major credit cards accepted. Cambria Suites Roanoke - Reserve Avenue. Oversized suites with superior amenities and free covered parking. Shopping and good restaurants nearby. It preserves portions of the acre tobacco farm on which educator and leader Booker T.

Washington was born into slavery on April 18, Begin your visit at the visitor center.