The Blue Ridge Parkway is ranked “America’s most scenic drive” by leading travel writers. The Parkway follows the mountain crests from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Mabry Mill is located in Meadows of Dan, Va. at Milepost 176 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the last weekend in April throughout October.
Demonstrations that may include sorghum molasses making, apple butter making, grinding corn and buckwheat take place every Sunday from 2-5 p.m. The mill emphasizes the pioneer culture of the Blue Ridge Highlands and impromptu music and dancing are usually a part of Sunday afternoon activities. Free admission. Food and drinks are available at the restaurant on the premises. For more information, contact 276-952-2947.
Cumberland Knob, a hiking and picnic spot, is located near the Low Gap area off Milepost 217.5 in Surry County. The .5-mile trail is ideal for a lazy-day walk. The Blue Ridge Parkway covers 469 miles of awesome natural beauty with the pioneer history of gristmills, weathered cabins and split rail fences, creating the country’s most popular national park. This “sanctuary of high places” encompasses a world of mountain forests, wildlife, and wildflowers thousands of feet above a patchwork of villages, fields and farms. For more information, contact 336-657-3458 weekdays 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Come share the magic of the Blue Ridge Parkway through its overlooks and campgrounds, picnic spots and mountain trails. Leave plenty of time to explore the historic, hospitable towns such as Mount Airy along the way where you will find food and lodging, fuel and supplies and lots of great times!
Whether you visit during the first explosion of colorful wildflowers in spring to the refreshing coolness of summer to the fall extravaganza in red and gold to the serene blanket of winter’s snow, each season is a feast for the senses. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a spectacular route to fascinating worlds of vacation fun and excitement.
Directions: The Blue Ridge Parkway can easily be accessed from the Fancy Gap Virginia Exit, which is about 15 miles north of Mount Airy on Highway 52.
More Info: Check out the Blue Ridge Parkway website at www.blueridgeparkway.org. Additional information can also be found at the National Park Service website. http://www.nps.gov/blri/. Call 828-298-0398.