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Mountain Escape To Floyd Virginia via the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Bluemoonistic Team has been exploring "Day Trips" from Abingdon, Virginia during this Pandemic. You can still travel a short distance and have a mini-vacation that will lift your spirits! Since we are in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains there are many beautiful destinations! We combined two of our favorite places - the Blue Ridge Parkway and Floyd, Virginia. A quick ride up Hwy 81 to Hwy 77 and across country and we began our adventure on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap, Virginia (mile marker 199.5). Riding along the Blue Ridge Parkway is always a vacation - life at 45 miles per hour is a treat we all deserve in this crazy paced world.

Blue Ridge Parkway - Rocky Knob Overlook

Stopping to take in these kind of views will definitely make you feel better about our world! Our first stop after Fancy Gap is one of my favorite cabins with a great story - Puckett's Cabin (mm 188.8). Orlena Hawks Puckett (1837-1939) lived in this cabin. After having 24 children, none of which lived past infancy, she started delivering babies for other women. More than 1000 babies were delivered by this amazing woman who lived to be 102!

Be sure to stop at Groundhog Hill Overlook and climb the Tower for a great view of the country side. We were thrilled that it was indeed open for the Public. Also there are restroom facilities open at this location.

Our next stop for lunch was Mabry Mill - one of the most photographed locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway!

Mabry Mill - MM 176

The Mabry Mill Restaurant is open everyday from 7:30am - 5pm until November 1 and a great place for lunch. Their chicken pot pie is divine! They are social distancing with every other table and everyone wore masks! We traveled on up the Blue Ridge Parkway as far as Smart View before heading into Floyd. The Blue Ridge Parkway this time of year is covered along the sides with Goldenrod and Cutleaf Coneflowers that create a gorgeous yellow border!

Blue Ridge Parkway

The sign said that the locals called this "A Right Smart View" - WOW - we agree! The Trail's cabin (MM 154.5) was built in the 1880s and one of the first structures to be restored along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Can you imagine having that view right out your front door! The Smart View Recreation area includes picnic areas, restrooms and hiking trails.

Smart View

A quick drive into Floyd gave us a completely different experience. The Visit Floyd website says that Floyd is a state of mind as much as destination and we felt that! This tiny town with a population of 425 people has so much to offer that a day trip just to Floyd is another recommendation. The Floyd Country Store is a popular destination along "The Crooked Road" with its famous Friday Night Jamboree. However, these are not happening right now because of Covid-19. They are having live bluegrass in the amphitheater behind the store on Friday evenings. Please check their schedule. however.

Floyd Country Store - Floyd Virginia

The art scene in Floyd is thriving and we made a couple stops at art galleries. We visited The Maggie Gallery - thanks to Ron Campbell, the owner for spending time with us! You have a lovely place!

We also visited the Floyd Center for the Arts - a big, beautiful restored barn with several wonderful exhibits going on. Another trip to visit all the art galleries is a must for us!

Floyd Center for the Arts

On our way home we made a stop at Villa Appalachia Winery between MM 170 & 171. A quick wine tasting convinced us that we will definitely be back! The grounds are beautiful as well as the views. They are open Wed - Sun!

Villa Appalachia Winery

Our trip ended with even more beautiful photos of our beloved Blue Ridge Mountains! We can never get enough of these blue waves! "Overlook Ahead" is our favorite sign!

The Saddle Overlook - Blue Ridge Parkway
Rock Castle Gorge - Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway before Rock Castle Gorge Overlook
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Dale & Becky Carlson
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