Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed spots in Virginia,and perhaps even the nation. If you are driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you will find it at Milepost 176.2 in Floyd County.
This postcard view also offers a glimpse into the hard work of millers from more than a century ago. The grist mill is no longer in commercial operation, but it just run during demonstrations. Corn meal sold at Mabry Mill is actually ground elsewhere.
Mabry Mill is a popular destination for families, school groups, and people just exploring the gems on the Blue Ridge Parkway. While it is a fun, educational spot to visit, it is also free. However, if you do want to spend a little cash, you can dine at the Mabry Mill restaurant, or pick up a picnic basket.
Something new this year, visitors will get a guide to popular picnic spots along the parkway.
Here are Mabry Mill's picnic spot suggestions:
Rocky Knob- Milepost 169- Picnic area, comfort station, trails, near Rocky Knob Visitor Center
Smart View- Milepost 154.5- Picnic area, comfort station, hiking trails.
Groundhog Mountain-Milepost 188.8- Observation tower, picnic area, comfort station
Lovers Leap Wayside- Rt. 58 East from Meadow of Dan- Take Route 58 just past Lovers Leap, and see bird houses on the left
Cumberland Knob- Milepost 217.5- Restrooms and picnic area