Mountain Industry Trail at Mabry Mill-Milepost 176.2 Professional Review and Guide
"This highly developed and popular paved path (wheelchair accessible) explores a virtual mountain community. Mabry Mill, probably the Parkway’s most photographed site, is surrounded by historic structures and informative exhibits about the early Appalachian economy. How popular is this trail? One indication is that two Parkway trail maps are printed—one oriented from parking at the restaurant/gift shop, the other from overflow parking lots farther away. Signs at those sites mirror the maps.
But don’t let tour buses deter you. This trail features what is perhaps the Parkway’s most photographed site, Mabry Mill—a scene notoriously claimed by postcards from states other than Virginia. A stop here also impresses with what is surely one of the more complex systems of water flumes ever devised to feed an otherwise primitive water- powered facility. Indeed, Mabry Mill and the blacksmith shop are no relocated historic structures, as some are along the Parkway. This is their original, if landscaped, location."