Blue Ridge Country May/June 2020 - BPG 8

MP 5.8 | Humpback Rocks

Milepost Services
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29
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63.7
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U.S. 250, Rockfish Gap
Humpback Rocks. Outdoor museum
Va. 56
Whetstone Ridge
U.S. 60
Otter Creek. Along Otter Creek
James River. Canal lock, exhibits
U.S. 501
Peaks of Otter. Lake, gift shop
U.S. 460
Virginia's Explore Park. Frontier-life exhibits,
interpretive center, trails
Roanoke Mountain. Link to campground and
Roanoke, zoo
U.S. 220
Smart View. 500-acre rec area
Rocky Knob Recreation Area. Cabins
Mabry Mill. Gristmill, exhibits
U.S. 58
Groundhog Mountain. Fences, observation
tower
U.S. 52, Fancy Gap
Blue Ridge Music Center

8 BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

FOOD
VISITOR CENTER
COMFORT STATION
PICNIC AREA
CAMPGROUND
TRAILS

Mountain Laurel
(Kalmia latifolia) A
medium shrub with pink
flowers. June-July.

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Rocky Overlooks & (a
really tall) Waterfall. (MP
5.8 - MP 27.2)
Get the cameras ready for
this area of nature and
culture definitive of the
character of the BRP. Stop
at Humpback Rocks (MP 5.8)
to learn "real" mountain
life stories, walk historic
buildings and hike the
trails. Take the self-guided
trail through forests to
Greenstone Overlook (MP
8.8), formed from ancient
lava flow rocks. Stand upon
Ravens Roost Overlook (MP
10.7), named for the flat
stone where the birds
gather, to see the sweeping
valley views and historic
Torrey Iron Furnace. Tell
time at the Twenty Minute
Cliff Overlook (MP 19) where
exactly 20 minutes pass
between the time the sun
hits the cliff and sets behind
the mountain. Walk the
paved trail to Crabtree
Falls (MP 27.2 to VA 56),
the highest vertical multiple
cascading waterfall east of
the Mississippi River.

James River. (MP 60.8 and
MP 63.8)
Reach Otter Creek
Campground and James River
Visitor Center from either
milepost, which then leads
to U.S. 501 to Lynchburg
and Amherst County, or
VA 130 to Natural Bridge.
Stand at this historically
significant transportation
route through the
mountains, the lowest point
on the parkway - the James
River fed by Otter Creek.
Hike from the campground
to the visitor center and see
the once crucial Kanawha
Canal Lock. Discover
downtown Lynchburg and
learn Virginia history at the
old courthouse museum,
peddle the Blackwater
Creek Trail and Bikeway,
and honor military service
at Monument Terrace. Add
one of "The Seven Natural
Wonders of the World"
to your list with a stop at
Natural Bridge. In addition
to the geologic wonder and
the associated 34-storydeep caverns, explore the
town's wax, toy and haunted
monster museums.



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