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Listing of developed areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Humpback Rocks (Milepost 5.8-8.5) – Visitor Center, museum of 19th century log buildings, picnic area, access to Appalachian Trail and hike to the summit of Humpback Mountain.

Otter Creek and James River (Milepost 60-63) – Visitor Center, restored canal locks on the James River, campground, extensive hiking trails along Otter Creek, restaurant and gift shop.

Peaks of Otter (Milepost 86) – Lodge and restaurant, Visitor Center, 1930s restored Johnson Farm, campground, picnic area, access to Appalachian Trail, extensive trail system to the summit of the three main peaks.

Roanoke (Milepost 106-120) - Access to the Parkway’s largest neighboring city, hiking and horse trails, campground, and Virginia's Explore Park (currently closed as of 2009).

Rocky Knob and Mabry Mill (Milepost 167-176) – Many rural scenes and agricultural landscapes, working grist mill with adjacent blacksmith shop and cabin, three picnic areas, visitor center, campground, extensive hiking into Rockcastle Gorge.

Blue Ridge Music Center (Milepost 213) – Outdoor amphitheater, visitor center and museum. The Parkway's premier site for interpreting and featuring the musical heritage of the region.

Cumberland Knob (Milepost 217.5) - The first recreational area opened on the Parkway. 

Doughton Park (Milepost 240) – Picnic area, campground, lodging, restaurant, and rolling pastures interspersed with high, rugged elevations.

Moses Cone Park and Julian Price Park (Milepost 295-298) – Visitor and craft centers, picnic area, camping, the Grandfather Mountain corridor and associated rare habitats. Stories include America’s country estate movement and donation of large parcels of land by wealthy individuals.

Linville Falls (Milepost 317) – Visitor Center, campground, picnic area, and access to the first and most popular wilderness area in the eastern United States.

Museum of N.C. Minerals (Milepost 331) – Visitor center and educational museum highlighting the geology of the region and the rich mining heritage of the area.

Crabtree Meadows (Milepost 349) - Restaurant, campground, picnic area and access to the spectacular Crabtree Falls, providing a cool and delightful retreat within the shadow of the massive Black Mountain Range.

Mount Mitchell State Park (Milepost 355) – The broad, central dome of the massive Black Mountains is the highest point in the eastern United States.

Craggy Gardens (Milepost 364-368) – Craggy Gardens represents high elevation heath balds that have attracted visitors since the 19th century. Visitor center, hiking trails and a picnic area.

Asheville (Milepost 382-393) – Home to park headquarters and a major tourist destination. The Parkway meanders through the George Vanderbilt Estate and the Folk Art Center serves park visitors year-round.

Mount Pisgah (Milepost 408) – Campground, picnic area, lodging, and restaurant. This high elevation area has attracted entrepreneurs, loggers, and visitors for two centuries. The birthplace of forestry in America is nearby.

Waterrock Knob (Milepost 451) – Visitor Center near the Cherokee Reservation and near the Parkway’s highest elevation, featuring views over the heart of the Southern Highlands.

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