Blue Ridge Parkway | PIEDMONT OVERLOOK (MP 203.9)

Farm along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Farm along the Blue Ridge Parkway

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If traveling south from Roanoke, Virginia, by the time you reach the Piedmont Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway you will have come down from the mountains and arrived in a valley. Towns, farms, and even private houses are located right along the Parkway, something you do not see at the higher elevations. When the Parkway was built, over 4,000 acres along the road were leased to farmers in exchange for them using the land to grow traditional crops and raise grazing animals so that visitors passing through could get a sense of what Appalachian farm landscapes looked like. Here at the Piedmont Overlook, the intended view of the mountains has been completely obscured by trees, but if you look across the Blue Ridge Parkway you can see one of the farms. A wayside exhibit tells about this agriculture program.

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Last updated on December 1, 2023
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