Some Blue Ridge Parkway Photos

(2006 Aug 05)

The photographs below are of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. Most of the photos were
taken from points along the parkway between Peaks of Otter (near Bedford, VA) and the exit to
Charlottesville, Virginia. (See maps at the bottom of this page.)

A few photos at the end of the trip were taken from a highway 64 overlook between
the BlueRidge Parkway and Charlottesville. And a few photos were taken at the
Boar's Head Inn, on the outskirts of Charlottesville.

These photos were taken during a wedding anniversary trip of Blaise and Marlene in
Aug 2006. The drive was from Newport News, Virginia, to the Peaks of Otter Lodge
on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Bedford, Virginia. After a couple of nights at the
lodge, we drove north along the parkway to Charlottesville, on Saturday 5 Aug 2006.

In summary,
three of the photos were taken at Peaks of Otter and about 50 photos were taken
from points along the drive between Peaks of Otter and Charlottesville.
A few photos were taken at the Boar's Head Inn, where we stayed in Charlottesville.

Here is the Wikipedia description of the Peaks of Otter.

And here is the Wikipedia description of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

And for good measure, here is the Wikipedia description of Charlottesville, Virginia.


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The following three photos are at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.
The photos show the lodge, the lake behind the lodge, and one of the 3 Peaks of Otter.
Marlene hiked up this peak (Sharp Top). It was very steep at the rocky top. She was on all fours.


The following 2 photos show the "Headforemost Mtn" lookout point.


The following 3 photos show another lookout point.


The following 2 photos show the "Apple Orchard Falls Trail" lookout point.


The following 3 photos show the "Arnold Valley" lookout point.


The following 2 photos show the "Terrapin Mtn" lookout point.


The following 4 photos show views of the James River from the Harry Flood Byrd Memorial bridge.
The 5th photo shows an approach to the bridge.


The following 2 photos show a view of the Bluff Mountain tunnel.
The 3rd photo shows a view down the road from the tunnel, toward our car.
The 4th photo shows a sign by the car. The sign indicates the tunnel is in the
George Washington National Forest.


The following photo shows a view from the "House Mountain" lookout point.


The following photo shows a view from another lookout point.
And the 2nd photo shows the other side of the road --- the rock wall that resulted from carving out the road.


The following 2 photos show views from the "Buena Vista" lookout point.
The 3rd photo shows Marlene's feet in the front window of our car.


The following 2 photos show views from the "Irish Creek Valley" lookout point.


The following 3 photos show views from the "20 Minute Cliff" lookout point.
One of the photos shows a man on a boulder who was enjoying the view, with a beer and with his shoes off.

The cliff is so-named because "20 minutes after sunlight strikes the rock face, dusk falls on the valley below",
in June and July. It serves the folks in the White Rock community as a timepiece.


The following 2 photos show views from another lookout point.
The 3rd and 4th photos show views of the highway in both directions from that lookout point.


The following 3 photos show views from the "Rock Point Overlook" lookout point.
The 4th and 5th photos show views of the highway in both directions from that lookout.


The following 3 photos show views from the "Rockfish Valley Parking Overlook" lookout point.
The 4th photo shows a view of the parking lot and highway at that lookout.


The following 6 photos show views from a lookout point on the descent from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Charlottesville.
This is on highway 64.

The sign, in the 5th photo, indicates that in 1933 a sail-plane took off from this point
and landed 125 miles away in Maryland.


Here are a few photos in Charlottesville, at the Boar's Head Inn.

The first 2 photos show the entrance to the registration lobby of the Inn.
The 3rd photo shows a small lake in front of the inn, with an office building on the other side of the lake from the inn.


The map below shows the highway section from which most of these Parkway photos were taken.
The photo-points section is circled by a black loop extending from just north of Bedford to
Charlottesville.

Below is an alternative map.
The star at the lower end of the loop indicates the location of the Peaks of Otter Lodge.

To give more perspective about the location of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Ridge Mountains,
below is a map of all of Virginia --- and Maryland and West Virginia and most of North Carolina.
The red star above the word "Roanoke" indicates the location of the Peaks of Otter Lodge, and Charlottesville
is to the northeast.


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