The scenic beauty of the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is captured throughout the year on Instagram.
Thanks to the many locals and visitors who use our #BlueRidgeDay hashtag and tag us in their photos on Instagram, we’re able to showcase that beauty to our many followers. Our @visitvbr Instagram account is full of photos that have been taken by those who share a love of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
The following are 10 of the most popular photos shared from our account in 2016, with links to the accounts of the users who originally posted them. If you enjoy seeing beautiful pictures of Virginia’s Blue Ridge, we highly recommend giving these folks a follow!
1. Sunrise at McAfee Knob | Photo by @kenton_steryous
Kenton captured this amazing scene at McAfee Knob, showing why it’s the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail. It’s one of the iconic hikes of Virginia’s Blue Ridge and part of the popular Triple Crown.
2. Frozen Mabry Mill | Photo by @turman76
Located at Milepost 176 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mabry Mill offers gorgeous scenes throughout the year. This fantastic winter image was taken by Linda Turman when the mill was frozen during February.
3. Fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway | Photo by @travelexperiencelive
Bram Reusen’s photo of fall foliage on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia’s Blue Ridge highlights why visitors come from around the world to see the fall colors on “America’s Favorite Drive.” Peak fall foliage in the region typically occurs in mid-to-late October and early November.
4. The Swinging Bridge & James River | Photo by @twinriveroutfitter
A paddle on the James River is one of the great ways to get on the water in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, and Twin River Outfitters is conveniently located on the river in the charming Town of Buchanan. The entry point at the shop allows paddlers to make their way under the historic Swinging Bridge.
5. Fall at Carvins Cove | Photo by @keenes09
Known as one of the premier spots for mountain biking on the East Coast, Carvins Cove has an incredible network of trails that can be used for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Shannon spent a day on the trails when they were dotted with beautiful fall colors.
6. Holiday Tree in Downtown Roanoke | Photo by @itsmissjenny
Jenny showcased the festive holiday spirit of Downtown Roanoke in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with this great view of the city’s holiday tree. The lighting of the tree takes place every year as part of the Dickens of a Christmas celebration - one of many fun things to experience during the holidays.
7. Fall on Dragon’s Tooth | Photo by @dswain88
It’s a challenging hike to reach Dragon’s Tooth, but as this photo by Deanna Swain shows, you’re rewarded with an amazing view once you reach the summit. This fall image faces north toward McAfee Knob and Tinker Mountain as the Appalachian Trail winds through Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
8. Natural Bridge | Photo by @rosieladyblue
The Natural Bridge of Virginia was formed when a cavern collapsed and created the stunning natural structure you can now see in Melanie Miller’s photo. The bridge, which is now part of the Natural Bridge State Park, is one of the oldest tourist destinations in the United States and is a National Historic Landmark.
9. Devil’s Marbleyard | Photo by @rabe.aaron
Devil’s Marbleyard is a massive boulder field that was formed as the result of erosion and ice crystals in the mountainside. It’s one of our 7 Natural Wonders of Virginia’s Blue Ridge and a cool spot for a challenging hike, which Aaron Rabe conquered during the fall.
10. Sunset on Sharp Top Mountain | Photo by @neilbennett3
Watching the sunset from Sharp Top Mountain at the Peaks of Otter is an amazing end to a Blue Ridge Day, which was captured in this breathtaking photo by Neil Bennett. The summit at Sharp Top Mountain provides a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding valley and mountains.
Bent Mountain Bonus!
We sure appreciate Amy Hunter taking time to stop and capture this incredible scene off Route 221 on Bent Mountain in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! The reflection of the trees on the water gives us a double-dose of fall foliage.
See more great photos of Virginia’s Blue Ridge by giving us a follow at @visitvbr on Instagram and remember to share your own photos with us by using our #BlueRidgeDay hashtag! Let’s have some awesome adventures in 2017!