A little “peace” of heaven just off the Blue Ridge Parkway

Take a Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Fancy Gap

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic roadways in the country. It’s a great place for a day trip to stop and smell the roses. If you’re in Fancy Gap or the surrounds, here are some suggestions for your road trip and some rose smellin’ tips along the way.

Head out from Fancy Gap to Rocky Knob Recreation Area for a short hike with long-range views. Or hike down in the gorge along a beautiful babbling brook. If you’re a more serious hiker, make it a longer loop hike into and out of Rock Castle Gorge.

For something a little more relaxing, take some pics at Mabry Mill, which is likely the most photographed place on the Parkway. The Puckett Cabin and Mayberry Trading Post are good stopping points while you’re in the area.

If you’re looking for a great place for an anniversary meal or other special occasion, head out from Fancy Gap to Chateau Morrisette and have some of their delicious wines.

Head south instead to hear great music at the Blue Ridge Music Center (seasonal). Then continue on down the Parkway for some wine at the Thistle Meadow Winery.

Or take in a hike and some history at Doughton Park or see the unique rock formation at Stone Mountain State Park.

Interested in more? We’ve complied some good stopping points for your road trip.