Day 104: 70 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway


time of year

Buchanan, VA has an interesting angled swinging bridge so we stopped to walk across it.


Today we drove from near mile marker 108 to 178 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a section we’ve never been on before. It’s absolutely beautiful, following along a ridge line with stunning views on both sides and then becoming more bucolic as we reach the plateau, with surprise views here and there. We stopped at many overlooks and went for walks on short trails, listening to the spring sounds. There are so many wildflowers, it’s truly a beautiful time of year to be here. It also seems to be an unusually quiet time of year for this section of the parkway which only adds to its appeal.


We stopped at Explore Park, Roanoke, VA for a quiet walk around the village.


Mabry Mill, mile marker 176.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a popular attraction with an old mill and several other items documenting historic rural Appalachian life, plus a shop, ice cream and a restaurant featuring an Appalachian inspired menu. While we were there a progressive Amish family was examining some of the old equipment, maybe to see how the Mabrys had built it? It certainly added to the charm of the experience.


We had originally booked Knob Hill Motor Lodge which has an 8.2 rating, which we’re usually comfortable with, but when we got there it was so sketchy that we cancelled our reservation and got a room at Red Roof Inn, Hillsville, VA instead.

Price: $107/night

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