Blue Ridge Parkway | ROY TAYLOR FOREST OVERLOOK (MP 433.3)

Roy Taylor Forest Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Roy Taylor Forest Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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There is a window of view into the valley through a gap in the trees just to the right of the identification sign at the Roy Taylor Forest Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is also a short, paved path that leads to an actual observation deck, but because the National Park Service removed some of the vegetation that once blocked much of the view at the parking lot, the parking lot view is now a little wider. The observation deck view is limited to what you can see between two trees. For those who have no trouble walking, there’s no harm in making the short trip to the obeservation deck, but if you can’t do it, you aren’t missing anything.

Observation deck at the Roy Taylor Forest Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Observation deck at the Roy Taylor Forest Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

View from the parking lot at Roy Taylor Forest Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

View from the parking lot at Roy Taylor Forest Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

View from the observation deck at Roy Taylor Forest Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

View from the observation deck at Roy Taylor Forest Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

A memorial plaque to Roy Taylor can be found on the way to the overlook. Taylor was a North Carolina congressman from 1961 to 1977 (eight terms). He helped write the 1964 Wilderness Act that created the National Wilderness Preservation System. This forest was named after him in 1982.

Memorial to Roy Taylor at Roy Taylor Forest Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Memorial to Roy Taylor at Roy Taylor Forest Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway


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Last updated on December 11, 2023
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