Blue Ridge Country May/June 2020 - BPG 10

Selected '20 Events Near the Parkway
PLEASE CHECK
AHEAD

MP 86 | Peaks of Otter

Blue Ridge Music Center Concerts MP 213, May-Sep.
blueridgemusiccenter.org.
Roanoke Festival in the Park, Roanoke, May 22-24.
roanokefestival.com.
Green Valley Book Fair, Mount Crawford, May 2-25;
Jun. 20-Jul. 23; Aug. 15-Sep. 7; Oct. 3-28; Nov. 27Dec.18. gobookfair.com.
76th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration,
Bedford, Jun. 6. dday.org.
Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom, Hardy, Jun. 20.
nps.gov/bowa.
16th Annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival,
Bedford, Jul. 11. bedfordwine.com.
Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, Jul. 24-Aug. 2.
vahighlandsfestival.org.
85th Annual Old Fiddlers' Convention, Galax, Aug.
3-8. oldfiddlersconvention.com
4th Annual Chantilly Farm Cirque du Floyd, Floyd,
Aug. 14-15. chantillyfarm.com
Lynchburg Beer, Wine and Cider Festival, Lynchburg,
Sep. 12. lynchburgbeerandwinefestival.com.
Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, Moneta, Sep.
26-27. visitsmithmountainlake.com.
Mountain Magic in Fall, Buchanan, Oct.3.
townofbuchanan.com.
Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, Ferrum, Oct. 24.
blueridgefolklifefestival.com.
Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival, Poplar Forest, Nov.
14. poplarforest.org.
Explore Park Illuminights, MP 115, Month of Dec.
roanokecountyparks.com.

10 BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

Middle Region
(MP 75 - MP 167)
Peaks of Otter. (MP 85.6)
Immerse yourself in
the living history of the
Appalachian Mountains at
this well-developed stop on
the parkway. Surrounded
by three peaks reaching
as tall as 4,004 feet in
elevation with a manmade
lake in their midst, explore
the area that has welcomed
people for over 8,000 years.
As a tourist destination
for centuries, find Polly
Wood's Ordinary (lodging
dating back to the 1830s)
and the Johnson Farm
where you
can
work the
garden, participate
in games, or simply

Goat's Beard (Aruncus dioicus) 3-5 feet
tall with flower plumes 3-5 inches wide
and 6-10 inches long. May-June.

enjoy relaxation and
seasonal demonstrations.
Stretch your legs on trails of
various difficulty levels while
snapping photos of unique
geology (Balance Rock - a
huge boulder perched atop
a small rock), forest ecology
and 360° views. Walk the
downtowns of nearby
Bedford, and Buchanan to
learn about the long, rich
history of this area.
Roanoke. (MP 112 - MP
115)
Begin the tour of
Roanoke at MP 112 and the
Va. 24 exit to access Smith
Mountain Lake to the east
and the charming town of
Vinton to the west. With
1,500 acres, 500 miles of
shoreline and full facilities,
the former is known as the
"Jewel of the Blue Ridge
Mountains." Turn back
west on Va. 24 to learn
local history in the Vinton
Historical Society Museum
and War Memorial; pickup
fresh produce at the
seasonal farmers' market;



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