Ride the "Back of the Dragon"
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The northern portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway cuts through the Appalachian mountain range from Afton to Roanoke. From its rich history to one-of-a-kind vistas, this drive is an unforgettable adventure.
Start your journey at Humpback Rocks Visitor Center where friendly Rangers can give you insider tips about trails, camping, and mountain skills. Humpback Rocks are just a trail away and a perfect for picnicking.
Hikers of all ages and abilities can enjoy exploring Apple Orchard Mountain, the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, and the James River, the lowest point. Be sure to walk over the restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal, if you visit the James River Visitor Center.
When stopping for the night, consider Peaks of Otter. With a lodge, 144 campsites, a fishable lake, a service station, a visitor center, 6 trails, and living history games at Johnson Farm, there are fun activities for all.
Roanoke is the last, but not the least stop on this portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Shop, take in the local arts and culture, and taste the variety of culinary delights– from top-notch barbeque to fresh picked fruits and veggies.
With hundreds of exciting attractions, it’s not hard to imagine why the Blue Ridge Parkway is also called “America’s Favorite Drive.” Continue down the Parkway toward the North Carolina border for more mountain memories.