The following localities and communities are within The Blue Ridge Parkway Anchor Area
Locality: Franklin Cities/Communities: Boones Mill, Rocky Mount
Locality: Patrick Cities/Communities: Stuart
Locality: Floyd Cities/Communities: Floyd
Locality: Carrol Cities/Communities: Hillsville, Fancy Gap
Locality: Grayson Cities/Communities: Fries, Independence, Troutdale
The Blue Ridge Parkway, America's Favorite Drive, winds its way at a sedate 45 miles per hour along the crest of the Blue Ridge, with spectacular mountain views and overlooks. Stay at Rocky Knob campground and hike the nearby Rock Castle Gorge Trail. Get a taste for history at Mabry Mill, and learn about America's roots music at the Blue Ridge Music Center.
Nearby are opportunities to explore nature, play disc golf, take a long hike, get in a little fishing. Each spring, the Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally brings speakers and guided walks to celebrate the flora and fauna of the region, and nearby Primland Resort provides recreation opportunities of every kind.
In spring, dogwood and redbud line the roads followed by rhododendron and wildflowers galore. In October, the trees flame with autumn color, and winter reveals a palette of grays and bare branches.