Stretching for 469 miles of pure, breathtaking beauty, the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway begins just 20 minutes away from The Inn at Vaucluse Spring in Front Royal. This incredible scenic highway winds along the Appalachian Mountains. It connects the Shenandoah National Park here in Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in neighboring North Carolina. Along this gorgeous route, there are several locations begging for you to stop and explore. Here are some of our favorite stops on the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway!
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4 of the Best Stops Along the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway
There are some great stops along the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway, and these are all within 2 hours of The Inn at Vaucluse Spring, allowing for an ideal day trip drive. Among these destinations are Blue Ridge Parkway Virginia waterfalls, incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and unique geologic features. When you are finished exploring, be sure to settle at our countryside bed and breakfast retreat here in Stephens City, VA!
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Stop and explore as soon as you begin your drive along the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway! Located on Mile 4.7 of the Shenandoah Valley Skyline Drive, the Fox Hollow Trailhead and Snead Farm Loop offer gorgeous views. These immersive trails will get you in the mood to travel the length of the stunning highway! The Fox Hollow Trail is an easy 1.2-mile route with a 310-foot elevation gain that will provide some spectacular scenery.
Discover a different landscape when you embark into the Luray Caverns along the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway. This awe-inspiring natural landmark is a one-of-a-kind wonder! You can enjoy a guided tour through the magnificent Luray Caverns to discover its underground secrets. Cathedral-sized rooms with 10-story-high ceilings will take your breath away, while monstrous stone formations will enthrall and inspire. The Stalacpipe Organ is another hidden treasure that will delight visitors!
The combination of natural and cultural resources coagulates at Mile Point 5.8 of the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway. Here, you will discover the Humpback Rocks, a prominent rock outcrop that once guided wagon trains over the Howardsville Turnpike. When you stop to admire this landmark, you will find abundant hiking trails to explore as well as an outdoor farm museum. Surrounded by 3,000 acres of forested lands, this location is in the heart of Blue Ridge nature.
The highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River happens to be one of our choice stops along the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway. Crabtree Falls features a marvelous series of five major cascades and a variety of smaller ones for a total vertical distance of 1,200 feet. A two-and-a-half-mile trail continues to four other great overlooks with views of the Tye River Valley and Crabtree Meadows.
Before or After Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Inn at Vaucluse Spring is conveniently located at the beginning (or end) of the Blue Ridge Parkway, depending on how you look at it. Whether you want to rest up before beginning the long drive or need somewhere to crash after making it along the highway, our inn is an ideal destination. Also, we offer a gourmet complimentary breakfast with your stay as well as a renowned fine dining restaurant for dinner options. Browse our relaxing accommodations to decide which is best for you before or after your Blue Ridge Parkway drive!