Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway

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Description

Elevation: 2913 ft.

Mabry Mill is a highly photogenic site along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Images of the mill can be seen throughout the region especially those highlighting the vibrant fall colors of the forest surrounding the mill. Taking a closer look at this forest is worthwhile at any time of year.

A 0.5-mile easy and pleasant trail winds through towering sycamore and yellow poplar, taking visitors back in time through a variety of historic buildings including the mill. Interpretive signage along the trail highlights the challenges faced by early settlers encountered during their day-to-day life. While wandering through the woods keep an eye out for mourning dove, ruby-throated hummingbird, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, eastern wood-pewee, eastern phoebe, eastern kingbird, red-eyed vireo, and indigo bunting. These species, as well as a variety of warblers, vireos and tanagers, should be searched for during migration.

The millpond deserves a closer look for a variety of aquatic life. Carefully checking the edge of the pond could produce a basking northern watersnake or perhaps one cutting a small wake across the still water. A search around the brushy areas where the creek flows out of the pond could produce the sparkling ebony jewelwing resting quietly just above the water. The closely mown lawns around the restaurant hold a variety of wildflowers, which attract butterflies such as pearl crescent, silver-spotted skipper and several smaller skippers. Bold gray squirrel can also be seen in this area, often approaching observers closely.

Directions

Location: Milepost 176, Blue Ridge Parkway, Meadows of Dan, Virginia 24120

From Floyd, head west on US-221 South/ East Main St toward North Locust St. Continue on US-221 South for 4.1 miles. Turn left onto State Route 726, then turn right to stay on State Route 726 and travel 7 miles. Turn right onto Blue Ridge Parkway and continue 4.4 miles. Mabry Mill will be on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Information: 828-298-0398
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily but seasonal May-Oct

Birds Recently Seen at Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway (as reported to eBird)

  • Turkey Vulture

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Food
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Parking
  • Phone
  • Restrooms