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History | Detail Maps and
Information | Virginia | Map
1: Humpback Rocks | Map
2 | Map
3 | Map
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7 | North Carolina:
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The Parkway through Virginia offers
spectacular views and interesting examples of Appalachian culture at
places such as Humpback Rocks and Mabry Mill.
You can access the
Appalachian Trail from the Parkway at more than twenty overlooks and
parking areas in Virginia, providing several opportunities to hike a
section of this popular national scenic trail.
For interesting driving, you're in
the right place, because nowhere else on the Parkway can you see
such a variety of countryside, dipping from ridge top to valley
floor and proceeding through pastoral rolling farmland.
For those who like to take their
time while traveling, there are five visitor centers, four
campgrounds, a lodge, housekeeping cabins, and three restaurants.
From north to south, here are brief descriptions of the developed
areas awaiting you.
This �first stop� coming south
down the Parkway offers a perfect blend of the natural and cultural
history of the region. See a collection of buildings put together as
a living, working rural Blue Ridge farm of the nineteenth century,
or hike to the top of Humpback Mountain for spectacular vistas.
At the Visitor Center, exhibits
will challenge many of the stereotypes of European settlement in the
Access to the US Forest Service's
Sherando Lake is nearby, and a picnic area is located a few miles
down the Parkway.
The Sherando Lake recreation area,
situated on the shores of a 25-acre spring fed lake, first opened to
the public in 1936. Then, as now, the buildings of native stone and
timber blend into the natural and rugged surroundings.
Members of the Civilian
Conservation Corps (CCC) built campsites, restrooms, and shelters
for the recreation area. During the 1960's, the Soil Conservation
Service created 7-acre Upper Sherando Lake by building a flood
control structure on Back Creek, just above the camping area.
Through the years, more campsites
and an amphitheater were built. Renovations in 1996 added electrical
hook-ups and barrier-free access to the Riverbend campsites and in
1997, barrier-free bathhouses to Riverbend and Meadow camping loops.
- Swim in Sherando
Lake and enjoy a sandy beach, shaded play area, bathhouses with
warm showers, and a wading area for children.
- Boat on the
25-acre Sherado Lake and 7-acre Upper Sherando Lake.
- Fish from bank or
boat for various types of trout, bass, bluegill, and catfish.
- Bring lunch and
cook it here. Sherando has more than 70 picnic tables, grills,
and a covered shelter in case of rain.
- Hike along the
lakes, or for more challenging hikes, see our Sherando Lake Area
Trails Brochure on this website or at the beach pavilion.
Additional information and
reservations may be obtained by calling the Glenwood & Pedlar
Ranger District Office at (540) 291-2188.
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