Humpback Rocks is a popular hike located at mile marker 6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s a well-liked hike because it provides easy access to a scenic overlook. It is around one mile to reach the top, and on average, it takes about 40 minutes. Once at the top, you can take in the beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. You can even spot Veritas Winery, Ridgeside, and Afton Mountain Winery off in the distance if you look closely. Can you find them in the photo below?
It is a steep hike, and I use the slow and steady approach but some are much speedier hikers. It’s a great workout! We’ve seen people of all ages (and dogs of all ages, too) enjoying this trail.
Make sure to bring some water and a snack because you will probably want to spend some time soaking in the sights at the top. Also, be very careful around the edges of the rock and make sure to use steady footing.
Want to add more to your outing? You can visit the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center, located at mile marker 5.8, and the Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm buildings. During the warmer months, they often offer interpretive programs focusing on mountain crafts and farming. Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway’s website for details.