Blue Ridge Parkway | GRASSY RIDGE MINE OVERLOOK (MP 436.8)

View from Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook

View from Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

View: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ /5
Trails: Mountains to Sea Trail
Picnic Tables: 1

The Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook gets its name from a mica mine that once operated in the valley below. It is one of the few overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway that combines a great view with trail access and a picnic table.

Panoramic view from the Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (click to enlarge)

Panoramic view from the Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (click to enlarge)

The Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook is a good example of a vista that has been resurrected by the National Park Service’s removal of brush and trees that once nearly obscured the view. Compare the 2015 photo below with the 2020 photo at the top of this page.

View from Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

View from Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

On the left side of the parking lot is a picnic table and a connector trail that leads to the Mountains to Sea Trail, a 1,150-mile trail that stretches from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the North Carolina Outer Banks. This is not part of the National Park system, so I did not hike or review it, but you can get information on the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail website.

Picnic table and access to the Mountains to Sea Trail at the Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Picnic table and access to the Mountains to Sea Trail at the Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway


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Last updated on November 16, 2023
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