Cumberland Knob Recreation Area-Mileposts 217.5–218.6 Professional Review and Guide
"Just below the Virginia–North Carolina line, a historical marker calls the Parkway “the first rural national parkway.” Less than a mile south, at Cumberland Knob, is the spot where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway started on September 11, 1935.
Cumberland Knob’s information building and an atmospheric picnic shelter atop the knob are among the Parkway’s earliest structures. At just about 2,860 feet, Cumberland Knob isn’t a spectacular peak, but the 1,000-acre watershed makes a great day hike. Cumberland Knob’s primary facilities are a large picnic area and an information/comfort station."