Parkway South - 232 Miles
For those that have never ridden the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s sort of hard to grasp. It’s basically motorcycle heaven. A 469 mile stretch of road that features no stop signs, no stop lights, few commercial vehicles (they need special permission to use it), all the while riding atop the Blue Ridge Mountains and connecting Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There’s also very few stops along the parkway, so you mainly just ride as many uninterrupted miles as you want until you need gas, see a swimming hole that needs attending, or want to grab a bite to eat.
If you leave Chantilly Farm and pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway headed south, here’s a few places you may want to check out along the way.
Need to burn off that Sailor Jerry and 805 you consumed the night before? Head on over to Rocky Knob Recreation Area for a quick walk through their trail system. Ample amounts of trees will keep you cool while you burn off that hangover.
Mabry Mill, shown above, is alleged to be the most photographed spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway which says quite a bit. Located at milepost 176, construction by Ed Mabry began in 1905. The mill was used to grind corn and then eventually as a sawmill as well. The enterprising family also built out blacksmithing and woodworking shops which remain on site.
At the end of this out-and-back, lies E.B. Jeffress Park and The Cascades Trail . The 1 mile loop leads to one of the best waterfalls on the parkway (as shown above). Besides the trail, the 600 acre park features picnic areas and plenty of places to catch a mid-day nap before heading back to the Stake Out.