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Hop off the Parkway for a Mountain Escape in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Photo: Sam Dean – Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains are beckoning you to an unforgettable metro-mountain getaway filled with local flavors and outdoor adventures.


ith over eight regional entrances along the parkway, here are the hot spots you won’t want to miss in Virginia’s Blue Ridge: Milepost 115.1, Explore Park: Turn off the Blue Ridge Parkway into hundreds of breathtaking


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acres of rolling hills at Explore Park in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Find visitor information, artisan crafts and parkway memorabilia upon arrival at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center then gear up for over 14 miles of hiking trails and some of the

best mountain biking trails in the Roanoke Valley. Explore Park, a 1,100 acre outdoor oasis, also welcomes fly-fishing and paddling along the Roanoke River for the ultimate Blue Ridge Day (for paddling gear: RoanokeMountainAdventures. com). Milepost 120, Roanoke Star + Food Tours: Continue south to milepost 120 towards Mill Mountain Park to the Roanoke Star & Overlook to see the largest neon star in the world, ranked #1 on TripAdvisor. The overlook beneath the 100 foot Roanoke Star claims some of the most captivating views of the region ( Fill

up on the flavors of the region like a true foodie; sign up for a food tour with Tour Roanoke, another TripAdvisor top favorite. The popular walking culinary tour features samples of cuisine from multiple restaurants in downtown Roanoke while sharing enchanting stories of the city’s rich cultural history (to book a tour:

Plan a complete mountain escape to Virginia’s Blue Ridge! Find more information on these attractions and others at


Want to Sample Henderson County’s Great Wine and Beer? Pick up your copy of the CHEERS! Trail Brochure at the Visitor Center to start your adventure! Easy to follow map and information about the breweries, wineries and cideries in the region! Henderson County TDA 201 South Main St. | Hendersonville, NC


Start your adventure today.


Blue Ridge Digest Spring / Summer 2017  

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