Blue Ridge Parkway | THE LOOPS OVERLOOK (MP 328.6)

Information on the Clinchfield Railroad (click to enlarge)

Information on the Clinchfield Railroad (click to enlarge)

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The intent of The Loops Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway is to give visitors a view of the railroad tracks laid for the Clinchfield Railroad back in 1905. Unfortunately, the view of the tracks from the parking area is completely obscured, but I could hear the trains passing by below, so the tracks are still in use today. You can, however, still see the surrounding mountains.

Panoramic view from The Loops Overlook (click to enlarge)

Panoramic view from The Loops Overlook (click to enlarge)

If you take a short walk north on the Parkway, you will see the Historic Orchard at Altapass, a farmers’ market-type store that was built by the railroad in 1908. Though it is not part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is open to the public. The turn-off for it is just north of The Loops Overlook.

Historic Orchard at Altapass

Historic Orchard at Altapass


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Last updated on November 10, 2020
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