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

The Blue Ridge Parkway near Fancy Gap

There are many things to do and see on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Fancy Gap, Virginia. You can photograph the picturesque Mabry Mill, hike on some of the most scenic trails on the Parkway, learn about the local history and taste some delicious wines. 

We’ve put together this little guide of things to do and see on the Parkway between mile markers 169 and 246, which includes Fancy Gap. We hope folks find it useful.


MilepostPoint of InterestWhat to do or see?
169Rocky Knob Recreation Area/Rock Castle Gorge
Enjoy the views up top. Hike up top with long range views and pastoral country. Hike down below along a bold flowing creek and pass through a CCC-built campground. Or hike strenuous portions of the 25 mile loop hike for a bigger challenge.

Hiking with Pilot's Perch
171.5Chateau Morrisette WineryTour the winery. Eat delicious food at the rustic lodge-style restaurant with beautiful views.

Pilot's Perch Review
176.5Mabry MillPerhaps the most photographed place on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beautiful, serene, historic grist mill.

180.5Mayberry Trading Post
Tour the old trading post. Rumor has it that Andy Griffith might have had ties to Mayberry, VA in addition to Mt. Airy, NC.

190Puckett CabinLearn about Orlean Puckett, a tough as nails mountain midwife who delivered 1,000 babies after tragically losing 24 of her own.
192Bluemont Presbyterian Church
The stone church built by Rev. Bob Childress, The Man Who Moved a Mountain.

199RestaurantsGrab a bite to eat in Fancy Gap. Want a recommendation? Here are our favorites.
199Devil’s Den (in Fancy Gap)
Take a short, somewhat steep hike to the cave.

213Blue Ridge Music Center
Listen to some great mountain music. Tour the museum to learn about the roots of American music.

229Stone Mountain State Park
Fish or hike. See Stone Mountain, which is a very unique rock formation. See a 200′ waterfall and tour a mid-19th century farm.

241.1Doughton ParkThere are craft demonstrations and ranger talks throughout the summer and a campground open seasonally. Hiking opportunities range from a short hike at Fodder Stack Trail to the strenuous 7.5-mile Bluff Mountain Trail. Visit the Brinegar Cabin or hike into Basin Cove to view the Caudill Family Homestead.
246Thistle Meadow Winery
Tour the winery. Taste the wine.