Blue Ridge Parkway - Virginia Scenic Byway
Fallingwater Cascades can be seen along a 1.6-mile loop trail.
Mile 84 to 87
Peaks of Otter has been a popular location to see spectacular views and sunrises since the days of Thomas Jefferson. A shuttle bus provides passenger service to Sharp Top.
Roanoke River Gorge opens before you from the overlook at the end of a 10-minute walk.
Roanoke Mountain is a 3.7-mile side trip. The one-way loop road takes you over the mountain for impressive views. There are steep grades and towed vehicles are prohibited.
Roanoke Overlook provides a panoramic view of the largest community along the parkway. The city can be reached via U.S. 220 (at 121), Va. 24 (at 112), and U.S. 460 (at 105).
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.
Flame Azaleas set the plateau ablaze in tones from yellow to deep red in mid-May.
Mile 167 to 174
Rocky Knob rises like the cresting of a wave to overlook Rock Castle Gorge.
Mabry Mill was operated by E.B. Mabry from 1910 to 1935. A trail takes you to his gristmill, sawmill, blacksmith shop, and to other outdoor exhibits. Old-time skills are demonstrated in the summer and fall.
Groundhog Mountain is a good place to see different kinds of country fences--snake, post and rail, picket, and buck. There are picnic grounds and an observation tower.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication