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BLUE RIDGE
PARKWAY, VOL 1 OF 2:
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Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia

106 views to photograph
Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 41BlueRidgeParkway NPS/Flickr
Entering Blue Ridge Parkway signDaveynin/Flickr
Apple Orchard MountainGafoto/Wikipedia
Apple Orchard Mountain OverlookBlueRidgeParkway NPS/Flickr
Buchanan Swinging BridgeSer Amantio Di Nicolao/Wikipedia
Harry Flood Byrd Memorial BridgeBobistraveling/Flickr
Kennedy-Wade MillMorgan Riley/Wikipedia
Rakes Mill PondDonnie Nunley/Flickr
Roanoke StarMinweb/Wikipedia
Sharp Top MountainJim Lukach/Flickr
from southDaveynin/Flickr
Cyrus McCormick FarmMorgan Riley/Wikipedia
lake and Sharp TopAcroterion/Wikipedia
Norfolk and Western Railway class JPanzerschreckleopard/Wikipedia
North Carolina State Line signDaveynin/Flickr
Outdoor Farm MuseumBlueRidgeParkway NPS/Flickr
Rakes Mill Pond DamTed Van Pelt/Flickr
Twenty Minute CliffIdawriter/Wikipedia
with flat bridgeTodd Van Hoosear/Flickr
Afton OverlookRusty Clark/Flickr
Apple Orchard Falls TrailBlueRidgeParkway NPS/Flickr
Bald Mountain OverlookFamartin/Wikipedia
Bluff Mountain TunnelCharlie Johnson/Wikipedia
Carlin’s Amoco StationJerrye and Roy Klotz/Wikipedia
Floyd Cty Dry Goods Outdoor ClothingGoins Photography/Flickr
Greenstone OverlookPixydust8605/Flickr
Macedonia Methodist ChurchNyttend/Wikipedia
Piedmont MillNyttend/Wikipedia
Saint Mary’s FallsAntepenultimate/Wikipedia
Thunder Ridge OverlookBlueRidgeParkway NPS/Flickr
view of RoanokeJoe Ravi/Wikipedia
View Three Ridges MountainFamartin/Wikipedia
Yankee Horse Narrow-Gauge RailwayBlueRidgeParkway NPS/Flickr
Cockram MillEschena/Wikipedia
elevated wood flumeZenjazzygeek/Flickr
James River and Kanawha CanalBlueRidgeParkway NPS/Flickr
N and W Railroad OverlookDaveynin/Flickr
The Saddle OverlookIdawriter/Wikipedia
Skylark Nature Preserve and LodgeIdawriter/Wikipedia
Stone FencesFamartin/Wikipedia
View Irish Creek ValleyTodd Van Hoosear/Flickr
Big Spy Mountain OverlookFamartin/Wikipedia
Fallingwater CascadesDaveynin/Flickr
Mayberry ChurchBill Showalter/Flickr
Otter Lake OverlookTodd Van Hoosear/Flickr
Peaks of Otter LodgeTodd Van Hoosear/Flickr
from restaurant roadDlhdavidlh/Flickr
Rock Point OverlookFamartin/Wikipedia
Southern Seminary Main BuildingPubdog/Wikipedia
Trinity Episcopal ChurchDwaynep/Wikipedia
View Rockfish ValleyFamartin/Wikipedia
amphitheaterRmlark/Wikipedia
Courthouse Common SoldierJarek Tuszyński jarekt/Wikipedia
The Floyd Country StoreJarek Tuszyński jarekt/Wikipedia
Floyd Presbyterian ChurchSkye Marthaler/Wikipedia
Humpback Rocks Visitor CenterBlueRidgeParkway NPS/Flickr
James River Visitor CenterBlueRidgeParkway NPS/Flickr
lumber drying rackDanny Thompson/Flickr
Ravens Roost OverlookFamartin/Wikipedia
from southwestDaveynin/Flickr
View Fork MountainFamartin/Wikipedia
View Read MountainJack Miller/Flickr
Virginia Museum of TransportationChris Lawrence/Flickr
Route 56 Tye River TurnpikeFamartin/Wikipedia
The Slacks OverlookFamartin/Wikipedia

Contents

Map

About PhotoSecrets

 
 
 
 

Foreword

A great travel photo­graph, like a great news photo­graph, requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to wander around, track down every potential viewpoint, and essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. It’s like having a professional location scout in your camera bag. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Welcome

Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic shots, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Get ideas for comp­osition and interesting viewpoints. See what piques your interest. Know what to shoot, where to stand, when to go, and why it’s interesting. Now you can spend less time researching and more time photographing.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. Twenty-plus years later, you have this guide. Thanks!

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 38 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.

Introduction

At a Glance

Name:Blue Ridge Parkway
GPS:37.3092624, -79.8643758
Awards:National Parkway, All-American Road, America’s longest linear park
Fame:the most visited unit of the National Park System every year since 1946 except three (1949, 2013, and 2016)
Established:June 30, 1936
Visitors:12,877,368 (in 2013)
Governing body:National Park Service
Miles in Virginia:217

The BlueRidge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road, noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway, which is America’s longest linear park, runs for 469 miles (755 km) through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It runs mostly along the spine of the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. Its southern terminus is at U.S. 441 on the boundary between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina, from which it travels north to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The roadway continues through Shenandoah as Skyline Drive, a similar scenic road which is managed by a different National Park Service unit.

The parkway has been the most visited unit of the National Park System every year since 1946 except three (1949, 2013, and 2016). Land on either side of the road is owned and maintained by the National Park Service, and in many places parkway land is bordered by United States Forest Service property. The parkway was on North Carolina’s version of the America the Beautiful quarter in 2015.

000-020 Rockfish Gap area

Entering Blue Ridge Parkway sign

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area
Addr:Where:38.03046
-78.85768
What:SignWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:0.1Look:South-southeast
Far:28 m (92 feet)

Ideas for Entering Blue Ridge Parkway sign

Route 630 Howardsville Turnpike

Swannanoa   MP 0.15+0.8

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area > Route 630 Howardsville Turnpike

Swannanoa is an Italian Renaissance Revival villa built in 1912.

Addr:497 Swannanoa Ln,
Afton VA 22920
Where:38.028633
-78.868575
What:Historical houseWhen:Morning
Milepost:0.15+0.8Look:South-southwest
Far:60 m (210 feet)AKA:Swannanoa Palace
Wik:Swannanoa_(mansion)

Ideas for Swannanoa

Afton Overlook   MP 0.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area
Addr:Where:38.027781
-78.85783
What:OverlookWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:0.2Look:East →

View Rockfish Valley   MP 1.5

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area
Addr:Where:38.018231
-78.871819
What:OverlookWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:1.5Look:East-southeast

Humpback Rocks Visitor Center   MP 5.8

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area

The early European settlers of the Appalachian Mountains forged a living from the native materials so abundant around them. Hickory, chestnut and oak trees provided nuts for food, logs for building and tannin for curing hides, while the rocks were put to use as foundations and chimneys for the houses and in stone fences to control wandering livestock. Many self-sufficient farms sprang up in the Humpback Mountain area.

Today, visitors can tour a collection of 19th Century farm buildings. The Mountain Farm trail provides access to the cabin and various outbuildings. The area also houses a visitor center with exhibits, a picnic area, and trails.

Addr:Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway,
Lyndhurst VA 22952
Where:37.972781
-78.899359
What:Visitor centerWhen:Morning
Milepost:5.8Look:Southwest ↙
Far:9 m (30 feet)

Outdoor Farm Museum   MP 5.8

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area > Humpback Rocks Visitor Center
Addr:Where:37.971703
-78.899319
What:MuseumWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:5.8Look:Southeast ↘
Far:40 m (130 feet)

Ideas for Outdoor Farm Museum

Cabin   MP 5.8

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area > Humpback Rocks Visitor Center > Outdoor Farm Museum
Addr:Where:37.971838
-78.899168
What:CabinWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:5.8Look:Southeast ↘
Far:60 m (200 feet)

Ideas for cabin

Humpback Gap Parking Area

Humpback Rock   MP 6.0+0.6

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area > Humpback Gap Parking Area

Humpback Rock is a massive greenstone outcrop near the peak of Humpback Mountain with a summit elevation of 3,080 feet.

Addr:000-217 Blue Ridge Parkway,
Blue Ridge Parkway,
Virginia,
South Atlantic States,
Southern United States
Where:37.961265
-78.900689
What:RockWhen:Anytime
Milepost:6.0+0.6Look:West ←
AKA:Humpbacks RocksWik:Humpback_Rock

Greenstone Overlook   MP 8.8

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area
Addr:Where:37.9472913
-78.9279152
What:OverlookWhen:Morning
Milepost:8.8Look:Northwest ↖

Stone Fences   MP 8.8

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area > Greenstone Overlook

The Stone Fences are rock walls built in the early 1800s by plantation slaves to control the wanderings of half-wild hogs.

Addr:Where:37.947133
-78.927906
What:FenceWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:8.8Look:East-southeast
Far:7 m (23 feet)

Rock Point Overlook   MP 10.4

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area
Addr:Where:37.937433
-78.948553
What:OverlookWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:10.4Look:North ↑

Ravens Roost Overlook   MP 10.7

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area
Addr:Where:37.933692
-78.952838
What:OverlookWhen:Morning
Milepost:10.7Look:Northwest ↖

View Three Ridges Mountain   MP 13.1

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area
Addr:Where:37.9070679
-78.9790684
What:OverlookWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:13.1Look:East →

Twenty Minute Cliff   MP 19.0

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area
Addr:Where:37.8975182
-79.0538559
What:OverlookWhen:Morning
Milepost:19.0Look:West-southwest
AKA:Twenty-Minute Cliff

The Slacks Overlook   MP 19.9

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area
Addr:Where:37.908018
-79.050976
What:OverlookWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:19.9Look:Northeast ↗

White Rock Falls   MP 19.9+2.5

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 000-020 Rockfish Gap area > The Slacks Overlook
Addr:Where:37.902023
-79.054760
What:WaterfallWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:19.9+2.5Look:North ↑

020-060 Whetstone Ridge area

Bald Mountain Overlook   MP 22.1

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area
Addr:Where:37.914338
-79.073938
What:OverlookWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:22.1Look:North-northeast

View Fork Mountain   MP 23.0

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area
Addr:Where:37.91085
-79.085324
When:AfternoonMilepost:23.0
Look:South ↓

Skylark Nature Preserve and Lodge

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area
Addr:Skylark Nature Preserve and Lodge,
24981 Blue Ridge Pkwy,
Raphine VA 24472
Where:37.903185
-79.108869
What:HotelWhen:Morning
Milepost:24Look:Southwest ↙
Far:440 m (1430 feet)AKA:Skylark Farm

Big Spy Mountain Overlook   MP 26.4

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area
Addr:Where:37.8914453
-79.139762
What:OverlookWhen:Morning
Milepost:26.4Look:West-southwest

Route 56 Tye River Turnpike   MP 27.0

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area
Addr:Where:37.8859
-79.1518
What:IntersectionWhen:Anytime
Milepost:27.0AKA:Tye River Turnpike, Crabtree Falls Hwy

Macedonia Methodist Church   MP 27.0+3.7

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area > Route 56 Tye River Turnpike

Macedonia Methodist Church is an 1896 historic Methodist church located at Coffeytown, near Vesuvius, Amherst County, Virginia.

Addr:1408 Coffeytown Rd,
Vesuvius VA 24483
Where:37.761694
-79.232224
What:ChurchWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:27.0+3.7Look:East →
Far:25 m (82 feet)Wik:Macedonia_Methodist_Church

Cyrus McCormick Farm   MP 27.0+6.3

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area > Route 56 Tye River Turnpike

The Cyrus McCormick Farm and Workshop is on the family farm of inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick known as Walnut Grove.

Addr:128 Cyrus McCormick Cir,
Raphine VA 24472
Where:37.932151
-79.213324
What:FarmWhen:Morning
Milepost:27.0+6.3Look:North ↑
Far:16 m (52 feet)AKA:Shenandoah Valley Agriculture Research & Extension Center
Wik:Cyrus_McCormick_Farm

Ideas for Cyrus McCormick Farm

Kennedy-Wade Mill   MP 27.0+7.5

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area > Route 56 Tye River Turnpike

A grist mill and national historic district located in Raphine, Virginia.

Addr:VA 606 (Raphine Rd.),
2000 ft. NE of jct. with VA 721,
Raphine,
Virginia
Where:37.948936
-79.286289
What:MillWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:27.0+7.5Look:Northeast ↗
Far:30 m (100 feet)AKA:Wade’s Mill
Wik:Kennedy-Wade_Mill

Saint Mary’s Falls   MP 27.0+12.4

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area > Route 56 Tye River Turnpike

Saint Mary’s Falls is reached by a hike of 2.2 miles.

Addr:Saint Mary’s Wilderness,
Blue Ridge Parkway
Where:37.9295044
-79.1063995
What:WaterfallWhen:Anytime
Milepost:27.0+12.4

Yankee Horse Parking Area

Yankee Horse Narrow-Gauge Railway

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area > Yankee Horse Parking Area

The Irish Creek Railroad operated by the South River Lumber Company from 1916 to 1939.

Addr:Where:37.808961
-79.179872
What:ExhibitWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:34.4+0.2Look:Northeast ↗
Far:20 m (66 feet)

Wigwam Falls   MP 34.4+0.6

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area > Yankee Horse Parking Area
Addr:Where:37.808546
-79.179255
What:WaterfallWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:34.4+0.6Look:Southeast ↘
Far:23 m (75 feet)

With trestle   MP 34.4+0.6

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area > Yankee Horse Parking Area > Wigwam Falls

A restored narrow-gauge trestle over Wigwam Creek from the Irish Creek Railroad.

Addr:Where:37.808639
-79.179427
When:AfternoonMilepost:34.4+0.6
Look:East-southeast Far:20 m (66 feet)

Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 41

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area
Addr:Where:37.791146
-79.264984
When:AfternoonMilepost:41
Look:East-northeast Far:230 m (740 feet)

View Irish Creek Valley   MP 42.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area
Addr:Where:37.78003
-79.275649
When:MorningMilepost:42.2
Look:West ←

US 60 Lexington Turnpike

Lee Chapel   MP 45.0+11.1

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area > US 60 Lexington Turnpike

Lee Chapel is a National Historic Landmark in Lexington, Virginia, on the campus of Washington and Lee University.

Addr:11-17 Letcher Ave,
Lexington VA 24450
Where:37.787796
-79.442753
What:Historic landmarkWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:45.0+11.1Look:East-southeast
Far:90 m (290 feet)Wik:Lee_Chapel

Southern Seminary Main Building

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area > US 60 Lexington Turnpike

Southern Seminary Main Building, originally known as the Hotel Buena Vista and now Main Hall of Southern Virginia University, is a historic hotel building located at Buena Vista, Virginia.

Addr:1 University Hill Dr,
Buena Vista VA 24416
Where:37.739793
-79.351241
What:BuildingWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:45.0+4.4Look:Northeast ↗
Far:100 m (330 feet)AKA:Main Hall of Southern Virginia University, formerly Hotel Buena Vista
Wik:Southern_Seminary_Main_Building

Bluff Mountain Tunnel   MP 53.1

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 020-060 Whetstone Ridge area
Addr:Where:37.665420
-79.323112
What:TunnelWhen:Anytime
Milepost:53.1

060-063 Natural Bridge

Route 130 Virginia Byway

Natural Bridge

From south   MP 61.6+15.9

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 060-063 Natural Bridge > Route 130 Virginia Byway > Natural Bridge
Addr:Where:37.627756
-79.544368
When:MorningMilepost:61.6+15.9
Look:West-southwest Far:50 m (180 feet)

From north   MP 61.6+16

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 060-063 Natural Bridge > Route 130 Virginia Byway > Natural Bridge
Addr:Where:37.628133
-79.544935
When:AfternoonMilepost:61.6+16
Look:South-southeast Far:30 m (110 feet)

Ideas for from north

Pink Cadillac Diner

Humpty Dumpty   MP 61.6+15.8

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 060-063 Natural Bridge > Route 130 Virginia Byway > Pink Cadillac Diner
Addr:The Pink Cadillac Diner,
4347 S Lee Hwy,
Natural Bridge VA 24578
Where:37.676778
-79.501206
What:SculptureWhen:Morning
Milepost:61.6+15.8Look:South-southwest
Far:24 m (79 feet)

063-100 Peaks of Otter area

Otter Lake Overlook   MP 63.1

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area
Addr:Where:37.556615
-79.355696
What:OverlookWhen:Morning
Milepost:63.1Look:South-southwest
Far:70 m (240 feet)

Otter Creek Parking Area

Otter Lake Dam   MP 63.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area > Otter Creek Parking Area
Addr:Monroe VA 24574Where:37.556847
-79.3581
What:WaterfallWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:63.2Look:Southeast ↘
Far:40 m (120 feet)

Ideas for Otter Lake Dam

James River Visitor Center   MP 63.6

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area
Addr:Milepost 63.6 Blue Ridge Parkway,
Monroe VA 24574
Where:37.555323
-79.365489
What:Visitor centerWhen:Anytime
Milepost:63.6

Harry Flood Byrd Memorial Bridge

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area
Addr:Where:37.553904
-79.3679
What:BridgeWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:63.7Look:North-northeast
Far:170 m (560 feet)AKA:James River Bridge

Ideas for Harry Flood Byrd Memorial Bridge

Underneath   MP 63.7

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area > Harry Flood Byrd Memorial Bridge
Addr:Where:37.555308
-79.367182
What:UnderneathWhen:Anytime
Milepost:63.7

Ideas for underneath

US 501 Lee Jackson Highway

James River and Kanawha Canal   MP 64.0+0.3

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area > US 501 Lee Jackson Highway

The James River and Kanawha Canal was a partially built canal in Virginia intended to facilitate shipments of passengers and freight by water between the western counties of Virginia and the coast.

Addr:Where:37.553863
-79.368346
What:CanalWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:64.0+0.3Look:North-northeast
Far:23 m (75 feet)Wik:James_River_and_Kanawha_Canal

Ideas for James River and Kanawha Canal

Thunder Ridge Overlook   MP 74.7

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area
Addr:Where:37.5403407
-79.4904784
What:OverlookWhen:Anytime
Milepost:74.7

Ideas for Thunder Ridge Overlook

Apple Orchard Mountain Overlook

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area
Addr:Where:37.5214386
-79.5040667
What:OverlookWhen:Anytime
Milepost:76.5

Apple Orchard Mountain   MP 76.5

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area > Apple Orchard Mountain Overlook

Apple Orchard Mountain is a peak of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.

Addr:Where:37.51694
-79.51028
What:MountainWhen:Anytime
Milepost:76.5Wik:Apple_Orchard_Mountain

Apple Orchard Falls Trail   MP 76.5

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area > Apple Orchard Mountain Overlook > Apple Orchard Mountain
Addr:Where:37.517299
-79.510189
What:Rock formationWhen:Anytime
Milepost:76.5

Fallingwater Cascades Parking Area

Fallingwater Cascades   MP 83.1+0.7

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area > Fallingwater Cascades Parking Area
Addr:Where:37.475086
-79.583116
What:WaterfallWhen:Anytime
Milepost:83.1+0.7AKA:Peaks Of Otter Falling Water Cascades

Ideas for Fallingwater Cascades

Route 614 Johnson Farms Road

Johnson Farm   MP 85.1+0.3

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area > Route 614 Johnson Farms Road
Addr:Johnson Farm Rd,
Buchanan VA 24066
Where:37.455256
-79.604326
What:MuseumWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:85.1+0.3Look:North-northeast
Far:40 m (120 feet)

Peaks of Otter Lodge   MP 85.6

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area
Addr:Where:37.447818
-79.604396
What:HotelWhen:Morning
Milepost:85.6Look:North-northwest
Far:22 m (72 feet)

Abbot Lake

Lake and Sharp Top   MP 85.6

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area > Peaks of Otter Lodge > Abbot Lake
Addr:Where:37.446891
-79.604144
When:MorningMilepost:85.6
Look:South ↓Far:1.47 km (0.91 miles)

Ideas for lake and Sharp Top

With flat bridge   MP 85.6

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area > Peaks of Otter Lodge > Abbot Lake > lake and Sharp Top
Addr:Where:37.447334
-79.60393
When:MorningMilepost:85.6
Look:South ↓Far:1.52 km (0.94 miles)

Peaks of Otter Visitor Center

Sharp Top Mountain   MP 85.8+3.4

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area > Peaks of Otter Visitor Center
Addr:Where:37.433592
-79.604969
What:MountainWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:85.8+3.4Look:Northeast ↗

Ideas for Sharp Top Mountain

Route 43 Parkway Drive

Buchanan Swinging Bridge   MP 90.9+4.9

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area > Route 43 Parkway Drive
Addr:19908 Main St,
Buchanan VA 24066
Where:37.529761
-79.677851
What:BridgeWhen:Morning
Milepost:90.9+4.9Look:North ↑
Far:50 m (150 feet)AKA:James River footbridge

Trinity Episcopal Church   MP 90.9+5.1

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 063-100 Peaks of Otter area > Route 43 Parkway Drive
Addr:19640 Main St,
Buchanan VA 24066
Where:37.526338
-79.681252
What:ChurchWhen:Morning
Milepost:90.9+5.1Look:Northwest ↖
Far:21 m (69 feet)

100-120 Roanoke area

N and W Railroad Overlook   MP 106.9

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 100-120 Roanoke area
Addr:Where:37.342061
-79.844691
What:OverlookWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:106.9Look:Southeast ↘

Ideas for N and W Railroad Overlook

View Read Mountain   MP 109.8

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 100-120 Roanoke area
Addr:Where:37.309219
-79.864404
When:AfternoonMilepost:109.8
Look:North ↑

Route 24 Washington Ave

Roanoke

Carlin’s Amoco Station   MP 112.2+5.6

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 100-120 Roanoke area > Route 24 Washington Ave > Roanoke

1953 Streamline Moderne historic Amoco service station.

Addr:1721 Williamson Rd. NE,
Roanoke,
Virginia
Where:37.288015
-79.933788
What:BuildingWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:112.2+5.6Look:East-northeast
Far:24 m (79 feet)Wik:Carlin%27s_Amoco_Station

H & C Coffee sign   MP 112.2+5.6

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 100-120 Roanoke area > Route 24 Washington Ave > Roanoke
Addr:Williamson Rd SE,
Roanoke VA 24011
Where:37.272546
-79.937875
What:SignWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:112.2+5.6Look:South ↓
Far:50 m (170 feet)

St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church

Taubman Museum of Art

From east   MP 112.2+5.6

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 100-120 Roanoke area > Route 24 Washington Ave > Roanoke > Taubman Museum of Art
Addr:Where:37.272445
-79.938568
When:AfternoonMilepost:112.2+5.6
Look:East-northeast Far:60 m (200 feet)

From north   MP 112.2+5.6

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 100-120 Roanoke area > Route 24 Washington Ave > Roanoke > Taubman Museum of Art
Addr:Where:37.272977
-79.937698
When:MorningMilepost:112.2+5.6
Look:South-southwest Far:50 m (150 feet)

Virginia Museum of Transportation

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 100-120 Roanoke area > Route 24 Washington Ave > Roanoke

The Virginia Museum of Transportation is a museum devoted to the topic of transportation located in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia, US.

Addr:Downtown Roanoke,
Roanoke,
120 Mill Mountain Parkway,
Blue Ridge Parkway
Where:37.272943
-79.947231
What:MuseumWhen:Anytime
Milepost:112.2+5.6Wik:Virginia_Museum_of_Transportation

Ideas for Virginia Museum of Transportation

Norfolk and Western Railway class J

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 100-120 Roanoke area > Route 24 Washington Ave > Roanoke > Virginia Museum of Transportation

The Norfolk and Western Railway’s J class steam locomotives are a class of 4-8-4 locomotives built by the railway’s own Roanoke Shops located in Roanoke, Virginia between 1941 and 1950.

Addr:Virginia Museum of Transportation,
Downtown Roanoke,
Roanoke,
120 Mill Mountain Parkway,
Blue Ridge Parkway
Where:37.273176
-79.946532
What:Steam locomotiveWhen:Anytime
Milepost:112.2+5.6Wik:Norfolk_and_Western_Railway_class_J_(1941)

Roanoke River Pkwy

Explore Park   MP 115.0+1.5

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 100-120 Roanoke area > Roanoke River Pkwy

Explore Park is a 1,100-acre passive recreation facility operated by the Roanoke County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

Addr:56 Roanoke River Pkwy,
Roanoke VA 24014
Where:37.238278
-79.85194
What:ParkWhen:Anytime
Milepost:115.0+1.5Wik:Explore_Park

Mill Mountain Parkway

Mill Mountain

Roanoke Star   MP 120+3.1

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 100-120 Roanoke area > Mill Mountain Parkway > Mill Mountain

The Roanoke Star, also known as the Mill Mountain Star, is the world’s largest freestanding illuminated man-made star, constructed in 1949 at the top of Mill Mountain in Roanoke, Virginia.

Addr:Mill Mountain,
Roanoke,
120 Mill Mountain Parkway,
Blue Ridge Parkway
Where:37.251188
-79.932629
What:Neon signWhen:Anytime
Milepost:120+3.1Look:Southeast ↘
Far:40 m (130 feet)AKA:Mill Mountain Star
Wik:Roanoke_Star

View of Roanoke   MP 120+3.1

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 100-120 Roanoke area > Mill Mountain Parkway > Mill Mountain

from M. Carl Andrews Overlook by Roanoke Star.

Addr:Where:37.251103
-79.932476
When:MorningMilepost:120+3.1
Look:North-northwest Far:2.36 km (1.47 miles)

120-170 Smart View area

US 220 Franklin Road

Piedmont Mill   MP 121.4+17.3

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 120-170 Smart View area > US 220 Franklin Road

The Piedmont Mill Historic District encompasses a historic 19th-century grist mill complex at 1709 Alean Road in rural Franklin County, Virginia.

Addr:1709 Alean Road,
Wirtz VA 24184
Where:37.093637
-79.854185
What:MillWhen:Morning
Milepost:121.4+17.3Look:Southwest ↙
Far:60 m (190 feet)Wik:Piedmont_Mill_Historic_District

Route 678 Kelley School Road

Kelley School   MP 149.1+0.1

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 120-170 Smart View area > Route 678 Kelley School Road
Addr:Where:36.984666
-80.148606
What:SchoolWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:149.1+0.1Look:East →
Far:40 m (120 feet)

Route 640 Franklin Pike

Floyd Cty Dry Goods Outdoor Clothing

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 120-170 Smart View area > Route 640 Franklin Pike
Addr:5121 Franklin Pike SE,
Floyd VA 24091
Where:36.966871
-80.162768
What:BuildingWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:154.6+0.1Look:North ↑
Far:50 m (170 feet)

Rakes Mill Pond   MP 162.4

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 120-170 Smart View area
Addr:Where:36.866064
-80.284647
What:PondWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:162.4Look:North-northeast
Far:80 m (250 feet)

Rakes Mill Pond Dam   MP 162.4

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 120-170 Smart View area > Rakes Mill Pond
Addr:Where:36.865722
-80.285044
What:DamWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:162.4Look:North ↑
Far:30 m (100 feet)

Ideas for Rakes Mill Pond Dam

Route 8 Parkway Lane

Floyd

Courthouse Common Soldier   MP 165.2+6.1

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 120-170 Smart View area > Route 8 Parkway Lane > Floyd

Confederate Memorial, 1904.

Addr:Floyd County Courthouse,
100 East Main Street,
Floyd,
Virginia
Where:36.911243
-80.3200492
What:MemorialWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:165.2+6.1Look:North-northeast
Far:19 m (62 feet)AKA:Confederate Memorial, Civil War Memorial, Confederate statue

Floyd Presbyterian Church   MP 165.2+6.1

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 120-170 Smart View area > Route 8 Parkway Lane > Floyd

Floyd Presbyterian Church is a historic Presbyterian church located on U.S. 221 in Floyd, Floyd County, Virginia. It was built in 1850, and is a one-story, three bay, brick church in the Greek Revival style. It has a front gable roof topped by a low steeple and octagonal spire. The front facade features four white-painted stuccoed, Greek Doric order pilasters. The church was abandoned by its congregation in October, 1974, and the congregation relocated.

Addr:169 Newtown Rd NE,
Floyd VA 24091
Where:36.91111
-80.31833
What:ChurchWhen:Anytime
Milepost:165.2+6.1Wik:Floyd_Presbyterian_Church

The Floyd Country Store   MP 165.2+6.1

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 120-170 Smart View area > Route 8 Parkway Lane > Floyd
Addr:206 S Locust St,
Floyd VA 24091
Where:36.910422
-80.319924
What:BuildingWhen:Morning
Milepost:165.2+6.1Look:West ←
Far:20 m (66 feet)

The Saddle Overlook   MP 168.0

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 120-170 Smart View area
Addr:Where:36.822861
-80.341695
What:OverlookWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:168.0Look:East →

170-180 Mabry Mill

Mabry Mill

Mabry Mill

Classic view   MP 176.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 170-180 Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill
Addr:Where:36.750520
-80.405782
When:MorningMilepost:176.2
Look:North-northwest Far:40 m (140 feet)

Ideas for classic view

Vertical

From east   MP 176.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 170-180 Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill
Addr:Where:36.750761
-80.405041
When:MorningMilepost:176.2
Look:West ←Far:90 m (290 feet)

From restaurant road   MP 176.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 170-180 Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill
Addr:Where:36.750193
-80.405696
When:MorningMilepost:176.2
Look:North-northwest Far:80 m (270 feet)

From south   MP 176.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 170-180 Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill
Addr:Where:36.750643
-80.405974
When:MorningMilepost:176.2
Look:North ↑Far:26 m (85 feet)

Saw mill   MP 176.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 170-180 Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill
Addr:Where:36.750955
-80.405988
What:ExhibitWhen:Anytime
Milepost:176.2

Water wheel   MP 176.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 170-180 Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill
Addr:Where:36.750804
-80.405639
What:Water wheelWhen:Morning
Milepost:176.2Look:West-northwest
Far:30 m (110 feet)

Ideas for water wheel

With flume   MP 176.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 170-180 Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill
Addr:Where:36.751099
-80.405887
When:AnytimeMilepost:176.2

Mountain Industry Trail

Elevated wood flume   MP 176.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 170-180 Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill > Mountain Industry Trail
Addr:Where:36.7509421
-80.4053769
What:FlumeWhen:Anytime
Milepost:176.2

Log cart   MP 176.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 170-180 Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill > Mountain Industry Trail
Addr:Where:36.751172
-80.406165
What:WagonWhen:Anytime
Milepost:176.2

Lumber drying rack   MP 176.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 170-180 Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill > Mountain Industry Trail
Addr:Where:36.751058
-80.406112
What:ExhibitWhen:Anytime
Milepost:176.2

Wagon   MP 176.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 170-180 Mabry Mill > Mabry Mill > Mountain Industry Trail
Addr:Where:36.7515215
-80.4057464
What:WagonWhen:Anytime
Milepost:176.2

180-217 North Carolina state line

US 58 Jeb Stuart Highway

Cockram Mill   MP 177.7+1.7

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 180-217 North Carolina state line > US 58 Jeb Stuart Highway

Cockram Mill is a historic grist mill complex located near Meadows of Dan, Patrick County, Virginia.

Addr:4037 Jeb Stuart Hwy,
Meadows of Dan VA 24120
Where:36.736207
-80.382548
What:MillWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:177.7+1.7Look:North ↑
Far:60 m (190 feet)AKA:Mill House Pizza
Wik:Cockram_Mill

Route 600 Maple Swamp Road

Mayberry Church   MP 180.3+0.2

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 180-217 North Carolina state line > Route 600 Maple Swamp Road
Addr:1127 Mayberry Church Rd,
Meadows of Dan VA 24120
Where:36.7123
-80.437705
What:ChurchWhen:Morning
Milepost:180.3+0.2Look:North-northwest
Far:22 m (72 feet)

Puckett Cabin

From south   MP 189.9

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 180-217 North Carolina state line > Puckett Cabin
Addr:Blue Ridge Pkwy,
Hillsville VA 24343
Where:36.643015
-80.546892
When:MorningMilepost:189.9
Look:West-northwest Far:70 m (230 feet)

From southwest   MP 189.9

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 180-217 North Carolina state line > Puckett Cabin
Addr:Blue Ridge Pkwy,
Hillsville VA 24343
Where:36.64311
-80.547922
When:AfternoonMilepost:189.9
Look:Northeast ↗Far:30 m (100 feet)

Ideas for from southwest

Music Center Road

Blue Ridge Music Center

Amphitheater   MP 213.0+0.4

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 180-217 North Carolina state line > Music Center Road > Blue Ridge Music Center
Addr:Where:36.573442
-80.851568
What:AmphitheaterWhen:Afternoon
Milepost:213.0+0.4Look:South-southeast
Far:80 m (250 feet)

North Carolina State Line sign

Blue Ridge Parkway, Vol. 1 of 2: Virginia > 180-217 North Carolina state line
Addr:Where:36.562298
-80.912322
What:SignWhen:Morning
Milepost:216.9Look:Southwest ↙
Far:40 m (120 feet)

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