Blue Ridge Parkway | RAVENS ROOST OVERLOOK (MP 10.7)

View from Ravens Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

View from Ravens Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

View: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ / 5
Trails: None
Picnic Tables: 1 (no grill)

The sweeping 180º view at Ravens Roost Overlook is one of the best on the extreme northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The view from the left side of the overlook peers into the valleys between the mountains, giving the scene a sense of depth.

Ravens Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Elevation 3200')

Ravens Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Elevation 3200′)

The view on the right side of the overlook is of a valley dotted with small farms 1,800 feet below. In the distance is the ubiquitous urban sprawl of Lyndhurst and Stuart’s Draft. A landmark map shows what you are looking at.

Landmark map at Ravens Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Landmark map at Ravens Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Panoramic view from Raven's Rock Overlook (click to enlarge)

Panoramic view from Raven’s Rock Overlook (click to enlarge)

At the left end of the parking lot is a path that leads to another viewing area. This section is not paved and requires stepping up, down, and around large rocks. Here I found a group of rock climbers preparing to repel down the side of the mountain. I’m not sure if this is allowed, but they were doing it. I never saw rock climbers again on my tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is also a picnic table in this section.

Rocky section of Raven Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Rocky section of Raven Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Ravens Roost Overlook does not have a pull-through parking area. To exit you must back out of your parking spot, turn around, and head back the way you came. Do not bring any large vehicles to this overlook. In fact, the sign at the road states “No Trailers.” Add to that RVs.

Parking area at Raven's Roost on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Parking area at Ravens Roost on the Blue Ridge Parkway


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Last updated on December 5, 2023
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