Blue Ridge Parkway Stops: Top Stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway – Southern Living

Virginia Stops

Mile 60: James River Visitor Center

Uncrowded lakeside view, ideal for fall photos of turning leaves reflected on water

Mile 86: Peaks of Otter Lodge

The parkway’s only year-round hotel, with mountain and lake views. peaksofotter.com or 540/586-1081

Mile 154: Smart View Picnic Area

Large wooded picnic and day-use area with restrooms and a 2.6-mile moderately easy trail

Mile 170: The Saddle Trail

Hike 0.2 mile from the Saddle overlook to the original parkway shelter, a stone hut.

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