Rockfish Gap to James River Visitor Center

Waynesboro, Virginia

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In the 115 miles from Rockfish Gap to Roanoke, the Blue Ridge narrows to a single ridgetop, which the Parkway traverses, alternating from side to side. This 64-mile stretch leading to the James River Visitor Center begins with some stunning mountain overlooks. From Humpback Rocks Visitor Center, the Parkway winds upward to the rocky vantage point of Raven’s Roost. If you are traveling north, this is one of your first views of the Shenandoah Valley. The rock in this area, Catoctin greenstone, has a green tint and is part of the lava flows along Skyline Drive. When we last stood on these rocks, the view was of the sun breaking through swift-moving clouds and mist slinking along the flint-gray ridges.
Bicycling the Blue Ridge

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Bicycling the Blue Ridge

by Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner (Menasha Ridge Press)

In the 115 miles from Rockfish Gap to Roanoke, the Blue Ridge narrows to a single ridgetop, which the Parkway traverses, alternating from side to side. This 64-mile stretch leading to the James River Visitor Center begins with some stunning mountain overlooks.

From Humpback Rocks Visitor Center, the Parkway winds upward to the rocky vantage point of Raven’s Roost. If you are traveling north, this is one of your first views of the Shenandoah Valley. The rock in this area, Catoctin greenstone, has a green tint and is part of the lava flows along Skyline Drive. When we last stood on these rocks, the view was of the sun breaking through swift-moving clouds and mist slinking along the flint-gray ridges.

©  Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Waynesboro
Distance: 64
Trail Type: Shuttle
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Rockfish Gap to James River Visitor Center

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