Humpback Rocks - Vesuvius

Distance:  60 miles

Climbing:  100 feet per mile


Description:  This is a stunning and quite challenging ride.  Starting at the Humpback Rocks Visitors Center at milepost 6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the route heads south on the Parkways, climbs up to the Raven’s Roost overlook, then descends from Reed’s Gap down to the Shenandoah Valley at Sherando.  A long loop along the borders of a section of the George Washington National Forest takes you to the town of Vesuvius and to a 2.5 mile, very steep climb back up to the Parkway and north to the starting point.  Worth every bit of the considerable effort involved.

Stores:  Mile 13 (Sherando); mile 33.5 (Vesuvius)



1.  There is a steep, winding descent from Reed’s Gap down into the Valley starting at mile 8.  Use caution.

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Starting Point:

     Humpback Rocks Visitor Center

     Milepost 5.8, Blue Ridge Parkway

     Lyndhurst, VA 22952

     GPS:  37.972723, -78.899488


From Charlottesville, take US 250 or I-64 to the top of Afton Mountain (exit 99 on I-64).  Go south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Visitor Center at mile 5.8.