Blue Ridge Country May/June 2020 - BPG 14

MP 115 | Explore Park

Sun Drops
(Oenothera
fruticosa) 1-2
feet tall, yellow
4-petal flower.
June-July.

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of a wave over the gorge
below. Take a break at the
visitor center, campground,
or at the only Civilian
Conservation Corps cabins
on the Parkway.
Return to the Parkway to
exit at MP 176.1 for Mabry
Mill. At this photogenic
location, watch blacksmiths
and other crafts people, and
visit the working gristmill
(summer and fall). Eat
authentic country fare (like
pancakes made with the
stoneground flour) and
relax at Sunday afternoon
concerts of traditional
mountain music.
At MP 177.7, take U.S. 58
to explore Martinsville and
Patrick County, home to
Meadows of Dan and more.
Puckett Cabin & the Gaps.
(MP 189 - MP 199.5)
First climb the
observation tower (MP 189)
for a breathtaking view
of Groundhog Mountain,

and the unusual quartzite
outline of Pilot Mountain
(MP 189.1), named the
"Great Guide" by native
peoples. Then celebrate
the mettle of Appalachian
women at a stop right on
the parkway to view the
homestead of legendary
Orlean Hawks Puckett (MP
190). Her services as a kind
and capable midwife for
over 1,000 babies and their
mothers in the mountains
is renowned, following the
loss of her own 24 children.
Continue to MP 193
for a panorama of the
bowl-shaped landscape
and agricultural history at
Volunteer Gap; followed by
a stop at MP 193.5 to see
the fruit growing at Orchard
Gap. Plan an overnight stay
in cabins, campgrounds
and lodges while enjoying
shopping and local cuisine
at MP 199.5, Fancy Gap.
Galax. (MP 213 - MP 217.5)

Travel north on Va.
89 (MP 213) to Galax,
the small town known
for its celebration of the
country's history of oldtime music. With its Old
Fiddler's Convention (85th
anniversary this year)
and an active community
of musicians at the
17,000-square-foot Blue
Ridge Music Center and
museum, delight in the
sounds of fiddle, guitar
and banjo in a scenic
amphitheater. While in
town take a guided river
fishing trip, hike nature
trails, visit the local
vineyard and lunch at the
specialty café. Hop back
on the parkway to MP
217.5 for a stop at the
Cumberland Knob Visitor
Center just over the North
Carolina line for a loop trail
at 2,855-foot elevation and
the longer Gully Creek gorge
trail.



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