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The Blue Ridge Parkway - Mile 176.2 - Mabry Mill

One of the mo re popular and photographed stops along the Parkway's journey through Virginia is the Mabry Mill.  Edwin B. Mabry built the gristmill in 1905 and operated it until the mid-1930s.  In addition to the mill, the brief Mountain Industry Trail through the park's grounds includes a whiskey still, sawmill, and blacksmith's shop.  Other traveler amenities at Mabry Mill include - a restaurant and snack bar, gift shop and public restrooms.           Navigation: North - Mile 168.0 - Rock Castle Gorge Overlook South - Mile 190.0 - Puckett Cabin 

The Blue Ridge Parkway - Mile 168.0 - Rock Castle Gorge Overlook

This overlook is a personal favorite of mine because of the butterfly patch that I stumbled upon when visiting the overlook in July of 2007.  The Rock Castle Gorge Overlook provides access to the strenuous 10.8 mile Rock Castle GorgeLoop Trail . Navigation: North - In Development South - Mile 176.2 - Mabry Mill

The Blue Ridge Parkway - Mile 364.6 - Craggy Gardens

Heading North on the Parkway from Asheville, you begin to climb to well over 5,000 feet.  Craggy Gardens serves as the gateway to the magnificent views and scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway along the higher mountain ridges. Craggy Gardens Visitor Center along the Blue Ridge Parkway At these heights, a different climate awaits. Atop the pinnacle in May, one will still have the chill of early spring.  In fall, frost and snow will mix with the magnificent colors of autumn.  Known for their rhododendron the Craggies come alive in mid-June as the rhododendron reach their flowery peak. View from the top of Craggy Pinnacle The popular Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a short hike (about 0.7 miles one-way / 1.4 round trip) and offers breathtaking views in every direction. Southern view of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Craggy Pinnacle North Fork Reservoir Navigation: North - Mile 352.4 - Bald Knob Parking Area Detour -  Mile 355.3 - Mount Mitchell State Park South - Mile 3

The Blue Ridge Parkway - Mile 372.1 - Lane Pinnacle

Lane Pinnacle sits on the east end of Bull Mountain.  It is named after Charles Lane, who was the first land owner of the pinnacle.  He established an iron forge along the north slope and nearby Reems Creek.   Navigation: North - Mile 364.6 - Craggy Gardens South - In Development

The Blue Ridge Parkway - Mile 350.4 - Green Knob Overlook

Green Knob Overlook is located just beyond Mt. Mitchell at Milepost 350.4.  Unbeknownst to my wife and I when we visited here in 2010, about 100 yards north of the overlook is a trail that leads to a lookout fire tower .  The trail is a little over one half mile length and is easily overlooked.  The tower was built in 1931, staffed into the 1970s, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. View from the Green Knob Overlook Another hike is accessible via the Green Knob Overlook.  The 4.1 mile (one-way) Snooks Nose Trail begins here.  This rather difficult hike connects the overlook to the Curtis Creek Campground.  Snooks Nose is about halfway point of the trail. The start of the Snooks Nose Trail at the Green Knob Overlook. Navigation: North - Mile 345.3 - Singecat Ridge Overlook South - Mile 352.4 - Bald Knob Parking Area

The Blue Ridge Parkway - Mile 339.5 - Crabtree Meadows Recreation Area

  Waterfalls and hiking are two popular pastimes along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the roughly two and a quarter mile trek to the 70' Crabtree Falls within the Crabtree Meadows Recreation Area is one of the more popular ones.  The hike is slightly strenuous - it's downhill to get there which means it's all uphill to get back - but the view, like my photo above, is worth it. Navigation: North - Mile 316.4 - Linville Falls Spur South - Mile 345.3 - Singecat Ridge Overlook Return to Gribblenation's Blue Ridge Parkway Index

The Blue Ridge Parkway - Mile 305.25 - Beacon Heights

At the point where the Blue Ridge Parkway meets US 221 just north of Linville is the Beacon Heights Overlook.  This pullover features outstanding views of the Blue Ridge and of Grandfather Mountain.  There is also a 1.1 mile out-and-back hiking trail.  At over 4200 feet, low clouds, fog, mist, and great sunshine can come into play for very interesting photo opportunities. Lush green scenery is abound. (Steven Duckworth) Great vistas surround the overlook. (Steven Duckworth) Clouds add drama to the rocky cliffs of the mountains. (Steven Duckworth) The Blue Ridge Mountain Range sits mightily in the background. (Steven Duckworth) Low clouds hang around mountain ranges of over 6000 feet. (Adam Prince) Navigation: North -  Mile 303.9 - Yonahlossee Overlook South - Mile 316.4 - Linville Falls Spur Return to Gribblenation's Blue Ridge Parkway Index