HIKING: BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most visited sections of the National Park System.
The Parkway incorporates numerous campgrounds, picnic areas and trails. The Parkway offers stunning views, abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, campsites, and ample recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities.
Humpback Rock | Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 6)
The Humpback Rock Visitors Center is located at milemarker 5.8, six miles south of the Rockfish Gap Interchange of I-64 and US 250. It is most easily accessed by either one of these two highways. Head south on the Blue Ridge Parkway for 5.8 miles (9.3 km) to reach the Humpback Rock Visitors Center, or continue another 0.2 miles (0.32 km) to arrive at the Humpback Gap parking area on the left.
Hiking Humpback Rock is a relatively short moderate hike following a 2.0-mile (3.2 km) trail loop. With a roughly 45 minute hike to ascend 740 feet (230 m) to the peak, and a 20-25 minute descent, this ranks as one of the shorter hikes along the Blue Ridge, however it remains one of the most rewarding. The peak affords a spectacular 360 degree view of the surrounding terrain. To the north you can see into the southern section of Shenandoah National Park, to the east check out the patchwork of farms, to the southwest you see thick woods and mountain ridges of the George Washington National Forest.
Mau-Har Trail | Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 13.7)
The blue blazed Mau-Har trail provides an excellent circuit hike in conjunction with the Appalachian Trail through the Three Ridges Wilderness area in Nelson County. The trail begins on the A.T. 1.8 miles from Reeds Gap/route 664. It continues for 3.3 miles through steep terrain passing near the 50 foot Campbell’s Creek waterfall. The trail ends on the A.T., 1.5 miles from the junction of the A.T. and Route 56.
White Rock Falls | Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 19)
The 2.5 mile moderate hike highlights an impressive gorge, which has a waterfall and a natural wading pool. On the climb back up to the Parkway, you will be treated to glimpses of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Northeast.
The trail can easily be combined with other trails to make for a longer hike. To create a 5-mile loop, combine it with the Slacks Overlook Trail. Park at the Slacks Overlook and the trail starts about 60 yards ahead on the right side of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Royal Oaks Watchable Wildlife Loop | Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 16)
The trail is atop the Blue Ridge Mountains at Royal Oaks Retreat in Love, Virginia and loops through the National Forest, Wilderness Areas, and the Parkway.
Royal Oaks Retreat
45 Royal Oaks Lane
Love, VA 22522