Top 5 Things to Do in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains are a 550-mile section of the Appalachian Mountains, the most famous mountain range on the East Coast, spanning Pennsylvania to Georgia. From Roanoke to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, you’ll get stunning views and find some of the best things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Once you’re here, you’ll want to explore our state parks, visit our impressive caverns, and more!   

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How to Enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains 

Take in the Sights of the Blue Ridge Parkway   

Plan your in-state mountain getaway! Simply hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Roanoke, then head south and enjoy mountain views of Natural Bridge, Virginia. Stop for stunning views of waterfalls and the mountains. It’s the perfect way to enhance your road trip to Natural Bridge State Park! 

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 at Natural Bridge, you’ll be ready to get out and explore some outdoor activities!   

Hike At Natural Bridge State Park  

While you’re here, be sure to visit Natural Bridge State Park. This new Virginia state park boasts equal parts of history and outdoor activities it’s 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.   

Visit the Caverns at Natural Bridge 

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 offer! Once inside, visitors can explore several rooms home to a lake, stalactites, and stalagmites.   

Grab a Local Brew at Chaos Mountain Station 

Enjoy a high-quality craft beer at Chaos Mountain Station! Choose from various hops that everyone will enjoy, including easy-drinking session beers, intense Belgian style ales, rotating seasonals, and limited-release barrel-aged brews. So be sure to stop by and experience our new craft brewery! 

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. 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 and two children, complimentary breakfast each morning, and four tickets to The Caverns at Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge State Park, and Dinosaur Kingdom II.  

Natural Bridge Hotel offers a variety of rooms, including Main Inn RoomsSecond-Floor Premium Balcony RoomsGuest Rooms on Cottage Hill, and Veranda Rooms.    

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