Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Parkway — known as America's Favorite Drive — starts at Rockfish Gap and meanders 469 miles to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

The Wintergreen Mountain Village sits beside the Parkway from mileposts 10-12. The parkway follows the Appalachian Mountain chain and provides some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, ranging from 650 to 6,000 feet in elevation.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is history waiting to be discovered! Although the road is often seen primarily as a scenic byway with plenty of natural attractions, it is also a cross-section of Appalachian mountain history. Stretching almost 500 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge mountains through North Carolina and Virginia,it encompasses some of the oldest settlements of both pre-historic and early European settlement. Visitors can trace much of the history of Appalachian culture by observing overlook signs, visitor center exhibits, restored historic structures, and developed areas, all of which reveal points of particular interest. People have lived in or visited these mountains for hundreds of years. Cabins, framed farm houses, grist mills, and an occasional elaborate vacation home have dotted the Blue Ridge landscape for generations. Some of these are open for visitors and offer the opportunity to learn and experience rural mountain life styles from the past.

The Rockfish River Valley, with its winding river and streams, mountains, hayfields, vineyards, small organic farms, galleries and country lifestyle is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations for tourists. An increasing number of people are moving to the valley to take advantage of the rural character and proximity to Charlottesville. This population growth is reflected in a growth rate of 10 percent per year which will mean 1,100 more people in the next ten years moving to the County, many of whom will likely choose to locate in the headwaters of the Rockfish River. The Rockfish River runs through the valley of the same name to the James River. The Tuscarora Indians lived by the rivers in the early 1700s before joining the Iroquois Confederation.

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