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The Blue Ridge Parkway: James River to Roanoke Mountain

MODERATE 7 reviews
#47 of 53 trails in

The Blue Ridge Parkway: James River to Roanoke Mountain is a 57.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Monroe, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for road biking and scenic driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 57.7 miles Elevation Gain: 7,057 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

road biking

scenic driving



wild flowers


scenic driving
11 days ago

totally drove it

8 months ago

Awesome views. Miss this area.

scenic driving
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Beautiful fall colors drive in October 2015.

scenic driving
Monday, November 28, 2016

This is a great part of the Parkway with many wonderful destinations (including the visitor center area along the James River, Apple Orchard Mountain which is the highest point on the Parkway in Virginia, Peaks of Otter with Sharp Top and Flat Top Mountains, and a ridgeline section north of Roanoke with amazing views in both directions).

scenic driving
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Some of my best memories are in these beautiful mountains. This ride was no exception.

scenic driving
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A beautiful ride! I never tire of the scenery. Some day I hope to backpack the whole length of the Blue Ridge.

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