Humpback Rocks Recreation Area Mileposts 58-60

Lyndhurst, Virginia

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Just 5 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s first milepost, the Humpback Rocks Recreation Area provides a perfect introduction to the cultural and natural riches of this linear park. An interpretive trail through a hardscrabble farm explores the rustic life led by mountaineers up to the turn of the twentieth century. Don’t miss the “1850–1950 Life along the Blue Ridge” exhibit at the small visitor center (where water and restrooms are available). The fascinating display emphasizes how the nearby Howardsville Turnpike and more distant canal on the James River (see that entry) created surprisingly diverse occupations and access to urban consumer goods for mountain residents in this area. Just across the road, a short, steep trail lifts hikers to Humpback Rocks and truly awe-inspiring vistas that stretch north and south along the Blue Ridge, east to the Piedmont, and west into the Shenandoah Valley. There’s also a small picnic area.
Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

Just 5 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s first milepost, the Humpback Rocks Recreation Area provides a perfect introduction to the cultural and natural riches of this linear park. An interpretive trail through a hardscrabble farm explores the rustic life led by mountaineers up to the turn of the twentieth century. Don’t miss the “1850–1950 Life along the Blue Ridge” exhibit at the small visitor center (where
water and restrooms are available).

The fascinating display emphasizes how the nearby Howardsville Turnpike and more distant canal on the James River (see that entry) created surprisingly diverse occupations and access to urban consumer goods for mountain residents in this area. Just across the road, a short, steep trail lifts hikers to Humpback Rocks and truly awe-inspiring vistas that stretch north and south along the Blue Ridge, east to the Piedmont, and west into the Shenandoah Valley. There’s also a small picnic area.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lyndhurst
Distance: 0.5-10 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: The Blue Ridge Parkway 199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803-8686 (828) 271-4779 (828) 298-0398
Local Maps: USGS Sherando; Parkway handout map, available at the visitor center. USGS Sherando; Parkway handout map of Humpback Rocks area trails available at the visitor center or online at nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/humpback-rocks-trails.htm
Driving Directions: Directions to Humpback Rocks Recreation Area: Mileposts 5.8-6.0

Recent Trail Reviews

8/12/2007
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Wow - this hike is well worth the effort! The 700 feet of elevation gain is fairly strenous but the views from the top are magnificent. It is fairly popular so my dreams of sitting on the rocks enjoying the beauty of God's creation in silence were somewhat dashed by the dozen or so other people at the top but the hike is still most definitely worth it. I also saw a lot of deer on the hike down. Great experience!


4/9/2006
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Nice uphill climb workout. Spectacular views from The Rocks. Trails rocky in spots. Multiple trails for loop hikes. Overall this was an excellent hike.



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