Find the perfect place to relax at these overnight accommodations located near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
June 8, 2023 - The National Park Service announced the slope repairs between Milepost 121.4 and 136 are complete and the entire portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Roanoke Region is now open to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Please be mindful of wildlife when traveling in the area. National Park Service News Release >
As an iconic spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mabry Mill is one of the most popular and recognized landmarks of Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Located at Milepost 176, the mill is one of the most photographed places on the parkway and offers a beautiful scene during all four seasons.
Whether it's surrounded by fall colors, covered in snow, or part of a blooming landscape of spring and summer, you'll love getting to experience this scene.
NOTE: Portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway around Roanoke are currently closed due to maintenance and repair projects. You can find more details by checking out our Blue Ridge Parkway Detour Route >
Mabry Mill was originally constructed in 1905 by Ed and Lizzie Mabry. It was in operation by 1908 and was used by many in the region who brought their corn to be ground.
The mill had a lack of water power, earning it a reputation as a "slow mill," but because of this, the mill would not grind too fast or scorch the corn, which resulted in the Mabry's mill being known for producing some of the finest tasting corn meal in the region.
Ed would eventually construct a sawmill and woodworking shop alongside the grist mill, and a number of the tools he used in the shop were powered by the waterwheel. He would also go on to build a nearby blacksmith shop.
Ed Mabry passed away in 1938 and the National Park Service purchased the property from Lizzie. The Park Service completely restored the facility in 1942 and continues to preserve the area as a celebration of the rich culture of Virginia's Blue Ridge.
The mill still stands as a unique symbol of the region's heritage and has attracted visitors from around the world.
Aside from when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed due to inclement weather, Mabry Mill can be visited year-round.
From May through October, the Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop is open and there are special exhibits and demonstrations offered by the National Park Service, including live music performances every Sunday afternoon.
The world-renowned Primland resort is also only a 30-minute drive from Mabry Mill.
The Rocky Knob Campground at Milepost 167 features over 100 sites for camping, including 81 for tents and 28 for RVs. It's also a great spot to enjoy hiking and some of the region's best scenic overlooks.
Things to Do
Make the 30-minute drive north from the mill to reach the charming Town of Floyd. Put your dancing moves to the test when you check out the Floyd Country Store, known for its legendary Friday Night Jamborees.