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Blue Ridge Parkway - Milepost Listings

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Skyline Drive/ Shenandoah NP, Virginia

0.6 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.

2.8 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 this side and the north fork on the far side.
The two forks meet north of Front Royal.

4.6 Dickey Ridge Visitor Center. Exhibits, slide programs,
publications, water, comfort stations and
picnic grounds. Alt. 1,940.

6.8 Gooney Run Overlook gives a view across the valley
and towards Dickey Ridge on the right.

17.1 Range View Overlook offers a spectacular view of
a large section of the Blue Ridge.

21 Hogback Overlook. 11 bends of Shenandoah River
visible on clear days. Alt. 3,385

22.2 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.

24.1 Elkwallow. Picnic grounds with tables, fire places, water and comfort station

28.5 Beahms Gap provides access to the Appalachian
Trail and shorter Trails.

31.5 Panorama Junction West 9 mi. to Luray,
24 mi. to New Market. East 7 mi. to Sperryville, 26
mi. to Culpeper. Alt. 2,304. Thorton Gap is one of
the major entrances to the park. Park rangers at the
entrance station can answer your question and give
other assistance. Park Headquarters is four miles
west on US 221.

32.4 Mary’s Rock Tunnel built in 1932, goes through
600 feet of rock with a 14-foot clearance

36.7 Pinnacles. Picnic grounds with shelter, tables,
fireplaces, water and comfort station. Alt. 3,350.
Access to Appalachian Trail

38.6 Stony Man Peak is straight ahead as you enter
the overlook from the north. Across the valley is
Massanutten Mountain

39.1 Little Stony Man Cliffs can be reached by a round
trip hike of 0.9 mile from the parking area. Access
to Appalachian Trail.

41.7 & 42.5
Entrance to Skyland. Highest point on Skyline
at 3,680 feet. One of the primary tourist
facility stops. Naturalist George Freeman Pollock
who built Skyland resort in the 1890s, 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

42.6 Whiteoak Canyon has six waterfalls. A trail 4.6
miles round trip, leads to the first waterfall and
passes the Limberlost Trail in an area of large old

43 Limberlost Trail (accessible), a 1.3 mile loop, passes
through an old orchard and a grove of ancient
hemlocks. It is an accessible trail (with assistance),
with a crushed greenstone walkway, wooden
boardwalk and bridge, and many benches.

44.4 Crescent Rock Overlook 25 yards from the
Skyline Drive, provides the best view of Hawksbill
Mountain. Another trail leads to Bettys Rock, 0.6
mile round trip.

45.8 Hawksbill Gap Parking Area trails lead to
Hawksbill Mountain, at 4,051 feet the highest point
in the park.

50.7 Dark Hollow Falls, the waterfall closest to the
Drive, cascades 70 feet over greenstone. Round
trip from the parking area is 1.5 miles

51 & 51.9
Big Meadows offers a multitude of activities and
services at three sites, all connected by a network
of trails. Byrd Visitor Center, entrance at milepost
51, is one of the park’s three major information
facilities, providing exhibits on the area’s human
and natural history; film and ranger programs;
sales outlet for publications, slides, and maps;
conducted hikes; and self-guiding nature trail. The
wayside facilities at milepost 51.3 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, self guiding nature trail, 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, the Big Meadows campground,
the Lodge, and Wayside are usually closed in winter.
Please call the park for current information of
if you plan to visit in winter. (Shenandoah National
Park Headquarters - (540) 999-3500.)
56.4 Bearfence Mountain summit provides a 360
degree view. The round trip from the parking lot
is only 0.8 mile but part of it is a rock scramble
and can be difficult, especially if wet. Wear sturdy

57.5 Lewis Mountain is open from May through
October. Facilities and services include cabins,
campground with tent and trailer sites, camp store,
picnic ground and campfire facilities. Alt. 3,390.

62.8 South River is a fine place to stop for a picnic and
then take a hike to South River Falls, 2.5 miles
round trip.

65.7 Swift Run Gap. . Junction US 33. East 12 miles
to Standardsville, west 7 mi. to Elkton, 24 mi. to
Harrisonburg. South 25 mi. to Grottoes. Alt. 2,365
Park Rangers at the entrance station can answer
your questions and give other assistance.

66.5 Hightop Mountain Parking , at an elevation of
2,637 feet, is on the west side of the Drive near a
crossing of the Appalachian Trail.

67.2 Swift Run Overlook offers a view of the Piedmont
to the east and Flattop to the south.

73.2 Simmons Gap Ranger Station personnel are
responsible for the southern portion of the park.
Stop if you need assistance from the rangers.

78.2 Rockytop Overlook provides a good view of the
wild canyon country of the Big Run watershed.

79.8 Loft Mountain.Provides information and exhibits
and sells publications and maps. Loft Mountain
Campground has both tent and trailer sites, a trailer
sewage disposal station, service station, wayside
facility with a camp store, gift shop, picnic
ground, showers, laundry, ice, firewood, a selfguiding
nature trail, and conducted programs in the
summer. This campground usually closes in late
October. Amphitheater; hikes in summer. Alt. 3,300

81.1 Doyles River Trail takes you to the
upper falls, 2.7 miles round trip.

84.1 Jones Run is a good place to park for a rewardinghike
of 3.6 miles, round trip to the 42 foot Jones
Run Falls. The reward: mosses and flowering plants
growing on the water-sprayed cliff.

84.8 Blackrock Summit Parking is the start of a onemile
round trip hike to Blackrock and outstanding

94.2 Turk Gap Parking Area is east of the Drive near a
crossing of the Appalachian Trail.

98.9 Calf Mountain Overlook provides a spectacular
360 degree view.

104.8 Rockfish (South) Entrance Station is staffed by
the Park Service.

105.4 Rockfish Gap. Junction Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge
Parkway, and US 250, west (on US 250) 4 mi. to
Waynesboro, 15 mi. to Staunton. East (on 250) 20
to Charlottesville. I-64 also crosses the mountains
here. Rockfish Gap starts, or ends Skyline Drive,
depending on which way you are heading. The
Drive runs directly into Blue Ridge Parkway, also
administered by the National Park Service.

Blue Ridge Parkway
Highlights in Virginia

0 Rockfish Gap near Waynesboro, Virginia, is the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. To the north the parkway connects directly to Skyline Drive, which winds 105 miles (169 km) through Shenandoah National Park. U.S. 250 and I-64 take you to Charlottesville to the east and Staunton to the west.

5 to 9.3 Humpback Rock has a self-guiding trail through a collection of old Appalachian farm buildings. A hiking trail from the parking area (at mile 6.1) leads 0.75-mile (1.21 km) to The Rocks, whose humped appearance gives the area its name. Greenstone self-guiding trail (8.8).

8.8 Greenstone Parking Overlook – Self Guided Nature Trail

10.7 Ravens Roost offers vistas of Torry Mountain and the Shenandoah Valley to the west. The overlook is built above a cliff, so it is frequently used for rock-climbing and hang-gliding. There is also a single picnic table.

13.5 Reed’s Gap, Route 664

16 Sherando Lake is a recreation area in George Washington National Forest 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from the parkway via VA.814. Swimming, picnicking, and camping. Fees charged.

Tye River Gap Rt. 56 Crossover, west to Vesuvius, Steeles Tavern, east to Montebello, Alt 2, 969

29 Whetstone Ridge provided many a mountain man with a fine-grained sharpening stone.

34.4 Yankee Horse Ridge supposedly is where a hard-riding Union soldier's horse fell and had to be shot. See a reconstructed spur of an old logging railroad while walking to Wigwam Falls.

45.6 US-60 Crossover

58 to 63.6 Otter Creek runs 10 miles (16 km) down the Blue Ridge to the James River. Otter Lake (63.1), fishing, trail.

63.7 US 501 Crossover to Natural Bridge 15 miles west

63.8 The James River and Kanawha Canal is where a footbridge leads across the river to the restored canal locks and exhibits. A self-guiding trail follows the river bluff.

71 Onion Mountain's short loop trail leads through rhododendron and mountain laurel.

74.7 Thunder Ridge Parking Area. Ten minute loop trail to superb view of Arnold’s Valley, Alt 3,485

76.5 High point of the Parkway in Virginia, Apple Orchard Montain (El. 4,229) Alt. 3,950

83.4 Fallingwater Cascades can be seen along a 1.6-mile (2.6 km) loop trail.

84 to 87 Peaks of Otter's spectacular views have been popular since the days of Thomas Jefferson. A shuttle bus provides service to Sharp Top. Fee Charged.

86 VA 43 east to Bedford.

90.9 Bearwallow Gap VA 43, 4 miles to Buchanan

106 Junction Parkway and US 460

114.9 Roanoke River Gorge opens before you from the overlook, after a 10-minute walk.

115 Visitor Center

120 Mill Mountain Discovery Center located on top of Mill Mountain

120.4 Roanoke Mountain is a 3.7-mile (6.0 km) side trip. The one-way loop road takes you over the mountain for impressive views. Steep grades; towed vehicles prohibited.

121 Junction Parkway and US 220

129.6 Roanoke Valley Overlook gives a view of the largest community along the parkway. Reach the city via U.S. Route 220 (at milepost 121), State Route 24 (at 112), and U.S. Route 460 (at 105).

136 Adney Gap. Junction Parkway and US 221

144 Devils Backbone Parking Overlook

Pine Spur Parking Overlook

154.5 Smart View is just that; go to the Trail Cabin built in the 1890s and you'll see "a right smart view," especially in early May when the dogwoods bloom.

165.2 Tuggle Gap VA. Rt. 8 Crossover

167 to 174 Rocky Knob rises like the cresting of a wave to overlook Rock Castle Gorge.

176.1 Mabry Mill was operated by E.B. Mabry from 1910 to 1935. A trail leads you to his gristmill, sawmill, blacksmith shop, and to other exhibits. Old-time skills are demonstrated in the summer and fall.

188.8 Groundhog Mountain is a good place to see different kinds of rural fences: snake, Post-and-rail, picket and buck. Picnic grounds and observation tower.

189.1 Pilot Mountain (North Carolina)

189.9 Aunt Orelena Puckett Cabin Exhibit was the home of an area midwife.

199.5 Fancy Gap US 52 cross-over

213 Blue Ridge Music Center near the town of Galax with concerts, music demonstrations, and a 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) museum dedicated to anything musical, especially old time music.

215 VA 89 Crossover

Highlights in North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Parkway crosses the North Carolina-Virginia state line at mile 216.9. The 1749 party that surveyed the boundary included Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson.

217.5 Cumberland Knob, at 2,885 feet (879 m), is a delightful spot to walk through fields and woodlands.

218.6 Fox Hunters Paradise, a 10-minute walk, is where hunters could listen to their hounds baying in the valley below.

229 US 21 Crossover

238.5 Brinegar Cabin was built by Martin Brinegar about 1880 and lived in until the 1930s when the homestead was purchased from his widow for the parkway. The original cabin stands there today.

238.5 to 244.7 Doughton Park was named for Congressman Robert L. Doughton, a staunch supporter and neighbor of the parkway. One of the best places to see deer. Campground.

248.1 NC 18 Crossover

258.6 Northwest Trading Post offers crafts from North Carolina's northwestern counties.

260.6 Jumpinoff Rock, at the end of a short woodland trail, offers a beautiful vista.

261 NC 16 Crossover.

264.4 The Lump provides sweeping views of the forested foothills.

269 Benge Gap

272 E. B. Jeffress Park has a self-guided trail to the Cascades. Another trail goes to the old cabin and church.

276.4 Deep Gap US 421 Crossover

285.1 Daniel Boone's Trace, which Boone blazed to the West, crosses near here.

291.9 US 221/321 Crossover

292 to 295 Moses H. Cone Memorial Park has hiking, fishing and horse trails. Flat Top Manor, the house of Moses H. Cone has Parkway Craft Center.

295.1 to 298 Julian Price Memorial Park, the former retreat of the insurance executive Julian Price, offers a variety of short trails and a 47-acre (190,000 m2) lake.

304.4 Linn Cove Viaduct, a design and engineering marvel, skirts the side of Grandfather Mountain. Visitor center and trails.

305.2 Junction Parkway and US 221

308.3 Flat Rock is worth the walk for the superb view of Grandfather Mountain and Linville Valley.

312 NC 181 Crossover

316.3 Linville Falls roars through the dramatic rugged Linville Gorge. Trails to overlooks.

316.4 Linville River Parking Area

320.7 Chestoa View trail provides outstanding scenery.

331 NC 226 Crossover

331 Museum of North Carolina Minerals interprets the state's mineral wealth.

331 Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

334 NC 226A Crossover

339.5 Crabtree Meadows & Crabtree Falls (North Carolina) Campground, Giftshop & Hiking Trails to Crabtree Falls.

344 BuckCreek Gap NC 80 Crossover

355.4 Mount Mitchell State Park, reached via N.C. 128, has a picnic area, lookout tower, and the highest point east of the Mississippi River.

361.2 Glassmine Falls, an 800-foot (240 m) ephemeral waterfall visible from an overlook on the side of the parkway.

363.4 to 369.6 Craggy Gardens in the Great Craggy Mountains appear covered with purple rhododendron in mid to late June. Craggy Pinnacle Trail and other trails (364.1 and 364.6); road to picnic area and trails (367.6).

377.4 NC 694 Mountain Town Road

382 The Folk Art Center is the flagship facility of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. It offers sales and exhibits of traditional and contemporary crafts of the Appalachian region. Interpretive programs, three galleries, a library and a book store.

382.6 Junction Parkway and US 70

384 The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center is the newest attraction along the Parkway. The building itself is LEED- certified[1] and reflects the cutting edge of energy-saving technology. The Center houses a 70-seat theater showing an award-winning 24 minute film about the region. Information and orientation services are provided by the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. Eastern National has a retail shop offering books, apparel and more. There are several exhibits, including a 22-foot interactive map of the entire Blue Ridge Parkway known as the "I-Wall" which provides multi-media information on places to visit on and around the Parkway. Other exhibits focus on the history and heritage of the Parkway and Western North Carolina. Open year-round from 9am-5pm.

384.7 US 74A Crossover

388.8 US 25 Crossover

393.6 NC 191 Crossover

405.5 NC 151

408.6 Mount Pisgah was part of the Biltmore Estate. The estate became home of the first forestry school in America and the nucleus of the Pisgah National Forest.

412.2 Wagon Road Gap US 276 Crossover

417 Looking Glass Rock is visible from many spots on the Parkway starting at Mount Pisgah.

418 East Fork Overlook. Located here are the headwaters of the Pigeon River. Yellowstone Falls is a short distance away and gets its name from the yellowish moss covering the rocks. You can find U.S. Forest Service trail access to Shining Rock Wilderness Trail system here.

418.8 Graveyard Fields Over look. Loop trail of moderate difficulty. 2.3 miles to Yellowstone Falls

420.2 Shining Rock Wilderness is the largest Wilderness in North Carolina with 18,483 acres (74.80 km2), 25 miles (40 km) of trails and peaks over 6,000 ft (1,800 m). The Wilderness is named for Shining Rock.

420.2 Black Balsam Knob is a grassy bald with panoramic views just outside of the Shining Rock Wilderness in Pisgah National Forest. The Wilderness also includes Cold Mountain.

422.4 Devil's Courthouse is a rugged exposed mountaintop rich in Cherokee traditions. A walk to the bare rock summit yields a spectacular view of Pisgah National Forest.

423.3 Beech Gap NC 215 Crossover

423.5 Herrin Knob Overlook. A hiking trail goes around Tanasee Bald and Herrin Knob. Tanasee Bald (423.7) is said to be the home of the mythical Cherokee giant Tsul 'Kalu.

431 Richland Balsam's self-guiding trail takes you through a remnant spruce-fir forest. Highest point on the parkway, 6,053 feet (1,845 m).

431.4 Richland Balsam Overlook. Highest point on Blue Ridge poarkway motor road Alt. 6, 047

443.1 Balsam Gap US 74-23 Crossover

451.2 Waterrock Knob provides a panorama of the Great Smokies, visitor center, trail, confort station, exhibits.

455.7 Soco Gap US 19 Crossover

458.2 Heintooga Overlook spur road goes to a mile-high overlook 1.3 miles (2.1 km) from the parkway.

461.9 Big Witch Overlook

469.1 Junction Parkway and US 441

Mile 469 Southern End of the Blue Ridge Parkway intersects with U.S. 441 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Reservation.
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Re: Blue Ridge Parkway - Milepost Listings

Post by James Parton » Fri May 07, 2010 6:20 pm


This will be very useful. Not only for the Parkway Project but for any post occurring on or near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Thanks dude!

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Re: Blue Ridge Parkway - Milepost Listings

Post by edfrank » Fri May 07, 2010 11:01 pm


This listing ws compiled from information available on the Shennandoah NP website, from a Wilkepdia listing, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory and Travel Planner ... ectory.pdf. There were several other sources I used to also help compile the document I posted.

I like maps and I suppose I like lists in so far as they allow me to better organize the data availible. With a massive project like the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway, this seemed a good place to start organizing the data,


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Re: Blue Ridge Parkway - Milepost Listings

Post by dbhguru » Sat May 08, 2010 8:33 am


Thanks. This was a trip down memory lane for me. I have Parkway guides and even an iPhone App. I know these places well. All the sources on the parkway confirm the need for the Blue Ridge Parkway book. Beyond a simple listing of species that can be seen near these sites, there is virtually no useful forest information provided. Well, there are explanations along the way about how this species or that was used. Utilitarian information.

There is a giant hole that we can fill and what is soooo neat is that we're dealing with preserved lands. We don't have to bat heads with would-be exploiters, inside or outside government. We can just concentrate on gathering and presenting information, not available elsewhere.

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Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
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