Rocky Knob offers many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and a visit to the most photographed structure along the Parkway, Mabry Mill. Three large picnic areas, lengthy hikes into Rock Castle Gorge, and the wonderful agricultural scenes along the roadway make this a truly unique portion of the Parkway. Mabry Mill was a community center for the Meadows of Dan area when it operated as a gristmill and sawmill. Today, the area becomes another kind of community gathering place each Sunday afternoon during the summer as musicians and dancers gather. Join in, or sit back and enjoy! The Rocky Knob Cabins, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, offer the only cabins for rent on the length of the Parkway.

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Review of Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill

Active and Adventure Review of Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill

Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
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Editor Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Day Hiking,Road Biking,Trekking and Backpacking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • This is a great spot at which to spend a couple of nights. Lodging includes the cabins and campground at Rocky Knob. Hike out of the campground along a ridge that then drops down into Rock Castle Gorge. This is a tough 10.8-mile full-day hike, so you might consider camping in the backcountry before completing the loop the next day.
  • If you're nostalgic for some of that 1960s free living, schedule a visit to the quirky township of Floyd, south of Roanoke and a few miles northwest of Rocky Knob off the Parkway. Don't miss July's annual FloydFest, a groovy four-day celebration of world, bluegrass, reggae, folk, African, and Appalachian music, arts, and culture.

Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 167-176.1)

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: (828) 298-0398
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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