On our way back from Washington, D.C. my wife suggested a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I had heard of it but never really knew what it was all about. So we drove it.

We started our drive from the northern most part of the drive near the city of Waynesboro, Virginia.

 

 

Blue Ridge Parkway - Humpback Rocks Visitor Center

Blue Ridge Parkway – Humpback Rocks Visitor Center

One of the first items we ran across was the Humpback Rocks Visitor’s Center and Farm Museum.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway - Stone Fences and Sign

Blue Ridge Parkway – Stone Fences and Sign

Once passing by the Visitor’s Center we started to find turnouts to park and enjoy the views. Many of the great views are not visible from the road due to trees.

Above is a display about how stone fences were built in the early 1800’s.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway - Humpback Gap Overlook View 1

Blue Ridge Parkway – Humpback Gap Overlook View 1

Blue Ridge Parkway - Humpback Gap Overlook View 2

Blue Ridge Parkway – Humpback Gap Overlook View 2

Turning away from the stone fences you will find the first of many spectacular views of the countryside below and the nearby hills that make up the Blue Ridge.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway - Greenstone Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway – Greenstone Trail

In addition to the spectacular views there are many hiking trails available to those that want to partake.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway - Rock Point Overlook View and Sign

Blue Ridge Parkway – Rock Point Overlook View and Sign

Blue Ridge Parkway - 3 Ridges Mtn View and Sign

Blue Ridge Parkway – 3 Ridges Mtn View and Sign

The views will just speak for themselves.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway - Irish Creek Valley View and Sign

Blue Ridge Parkway – Irish Creek Valley View and Sign

Blue Ridge Parkway - 20-Minute Cliff View and Sign

Blue Ridge Parkway – 20-Minute Cliff View and Sign

Make you want to go for a drive yet? These are only a few of the views along the way. The Parkway is approximately 470 miles long and we only drove the first 50 miles or so to Buena Vista, Virginia. My wife had enough of the curvy mountain roads for one day. Not her favorite kind of drive but she wanted to see the views.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway - Kudzu Ivy

Blue Ridge Parkway – Kudzu Ivy

As we turned off the Parkway we saw some of the Kudza ivy vines in some trees. It is a very controversial plant that has the nickname “the vine that ate the South”. We thought it looked nice.

 

 

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Just a beautiful drive through the woods with some gorgeous overlook areas. Great for a drive or hiking or biking. The pictures tell the story.

For more information check out these websites:

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/

https://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ridge_Parkway

 

 

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

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