Waynesboro is your hub to get on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the most beautiful road ever built. This 469-mile-long toll-free dream starts in Front Royal, Virginia, winds through the Appalachians, and slithers to a close in Cherokee, North Carolina. You ride the northernmost 122 miles of the country’s great scenic drive. First proposed in the 1920’s, the Parkway was constructed 1935 – 1967, when it grew from a network of local roads to the current route, along with the billboards and commercial traffic are both banned.
While the Parkway avoids towns and commercial areas to concentrate on the scenery, many interesting towns and other places along the way are well worth a detour…at mile 6.1 Humpback Rocks has a short trail leading through a reconstructed historic farmstead, ending with a 270-degree view over the mountains…at mile 34:4 Yankee Horse parking area has an exhibit of an old logging railroad, part of which has been restored, and a short trail to Wigwam Falls…at mile 84 – 87: the most popular and most developed stretch of the parkway, the Peaks Otter section – three peaks rise above a small lake and give great sunrise and sunset views, many good trails, including a two-mile loop to Falling Water Cascades, let you escape the sometimes sizeable crowds. You head to Roanoke, where you overnight. Apart from Asheville at its southern end, Roanoke is the only real city that can claim it’s actually on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Roanoke has evolved into a sophisticated, high-tech city – the commercial, cultural and medical center of southwest Virginia.