Hiking the First 30 Miles of the VA Blue Ridge Parkway

Humpback Rocks Visitor Center Pioneer Farm
8519 Thomas Nelson Hwy
Lovingston, VA 22949
Region Central Virginia
Locality Nelson
visitor center: (800) 282-8223
Email info@nelsoncounty.org
Website www.nelsoncounty.com

Starting at Milepost 0 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, enjoy scenic views following the highest ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains. DAY ONE: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Humpback Rocks - view exhibits of early mountain settlers and demonstrations of mountain crafts. Milepost 6 Humpback Rocks - Hike up to the sloping rocks, where you’ll take in amazing panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley , the Piedmont region, and Shenandoah National Park. Also access the Appalachian Trail here. Milepost 13.5 Reeds Gap /Rt. 664 Beech Grove Rd. Park your car and head up the Appalachian Trail either north or south. Afterwards, travel Rt. 664 east for a stay at Wintergreen Resort, and cool your heels at the spa. DAY TWO: Milepost 16 Love, Virginia – Stay at the Royal Oaks Resort Cabins. Or pick up lunch at the Deli on the way to your hike. Milepost 18.5 White Rock Falls- Take this 2.5 mile moderate hike down to an impressive gorge with a waterfall and natural wading pool. Milepost 27 Tye River Gap, Rt. 56 Crossover. Travel east to Montebello to see Crabtree Falls, the Montebello Fish Hatchery, or for a panoramic view, climb up Spy Rock.

Last Updated: 6/17/2014 4:06 PM