The Appalachian Mountain range is the most famous on the East Coast. The Blue Ridge Mountains are a 550-mile section of this mountain range that spans from Pennsylvania down to Georgia. You can view the most impressive spots along the way on the Virginia section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Begin your trip in Roanoke, then enjoy the sights as you head south before stopping off in Natural Bridge, VA. Here, you can explore one of the newest Virginia state parks, visit impressive caverns, and more!
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The Best Things to Do During Your Blue Ridge Mountains Vacation
Start on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Roanoke
We receive a lot of guests from Northern Virginia. It’s easy for residents of Roanoke and the surrounding areas to plan an in-state mountain getaway. Simply hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Roanoke, then head south and enjoy mountain views on the way to Natural Bridge, Virginia. It’s the perfect way to enhance your road trip to Natural Bridge State Park!
Take a Detour at Milepost 61.4
Exit the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 61.4 to take a detour to Natural Bridge. Our town is located about 15 miles off the parkway. In-between, you can enjoy fantastic views along a Virginia Scenic Byway. By the time you arrive in Natural Bridge, you’ll be ready to get out and explore some outdoor activities!
While you’re here, be sure to visit Natural Bridge State Park. This new Virginia state park boasts equal parts history and outdoor activities, so it’s perfect for travelers of all interests. We recommend a few specific hiking trails near Natural Bridge, VA, including the seven miles of hike-able terrain inside the park.
Then, explore the Caverns at Natural Bridge. These impressive caverns descend more than 34 stories deep within the Earth. Take a guided tour of the caverns to explore what these underground natural wonders have to offer! Once inside, visitors can explore several “rooms” that are home to a lake, stalactites, and stalagmites.
Stop and Rest at Natural Bridge Hotel
Stop and rest at Natural Bridge Hotel before continuing your mountain getaway in Virginia. Our historic hotel is located just 15 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, so it’s easy to hit the road again in the morning! Or, stay a while longer and explore with the Natural Bridge Two-Night Adventure Package. This vacation package includes two-nights in an accommodation for two adults two children, complimentary breakfast for all each morning, and four tickets to The Caverns at Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge State Park, Natural Bridge Zoo, and Dinosaur Kingdom II.
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