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Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Parkway


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Visiting Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Parkway

Roanoke is among the few metro areas that enjoys immediate proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway – one of the most popular attractions in the national parks system. The Valley encompasses a region along the Parkway that extends from Botetourt County to Bent Mountain, and offers many access points.

Just east of Bonsack, motorists can pick up the Parkway at mile post 106. From there, it’s just a short drive north to the famed Peaks of Otter (mp86). Near downtown, the Mill Mountain Parkway Spur takes you on a scenic drive around the back of Roanoke’s beloved Mill Mountain – home to the Mill Mountain Zoo, the Discovery Center, nature trails, and Roanoke’s famous Star and overlook, with its captivating views of the city. The spur joins the Parkway near Roanoke Mountain (mp120.4), a popular spot for hikers.

Ready for a snack after your visit to the Mill Mountain Star? Drive down into the heart of Roanoke for great meal and entertainment. Stay the night and explore the historic farmer's market and unique shopping downtown has to offer. Roanoke may be the largest city along the parkway, but we'll make you feel right at home.

Less than a mile south, another exit provides a connection to the 220/581 travel corridor, while the Adney Gap exit at mp136 connects with Route 221 near the Roanoke/Floyd County line. Two more Parkway favorites – Chateau Morrisette Winery (mp171.5) and Mabry Mill (mp176.1) – are just an hour south and make great day-trip destinations.