Explore Ravens Roost Overlook
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Added by Christin Healey
Easy access off the Blue Ridge ParkwayBeautiful (westward facing) views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and valleyClose to local breweries and wineriesGreat picnic spot to catch a sunset after completing one of the many nearby hikesPopular climbing spotIconic tree and rocky outcrops for photo ops
This cozy little overlook is very simple to get to. If you are coming from I 64, after taking exit 99 towards Shenandoah National Park, turn right onto the Blue Ridge Parkway when the exit comes to a "T-stop". From there, it's 10 miles down the Parkway on your right. You will see a clearly marked sign for Ravens Roost Overlook. There is plenty of parking, a few picnic benches, and lots of spots to stretch out and take in the view. Most people shoot the tree to the left of the tree, but I prefer to be on the right to get some depth going into the valley with the little river passing through. There are plenty of options and room for creativity though -- take your time with it as you will likely be one of the only photographers here if you go during the week. The A.T. and popular Humpback Rocks trail are within a few miles of this overlook.
- Please note this road is typically closed for winter and reopens in the early spring. I have hiked Humpback and gotten to this overlook in the winter, just plan accordingly as you are looking at 10 miles each way to hike in!
Chillin, Photography, Rock Climbing
Spring, Summer, Autumn
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This is a great location to watch the sunset along the Blue Ride Parkway. Because of the great view that people are able to enjoy my just driving up and parking this is a very popular spot for sunset so plan to get there early because the parking lot fills up fast.
Awesome but full
Today is a Wednesday in Oct and I just came back from the overlook. The view is great, the tree adds an interesting subject in front of the sunset. Even without the tree is nice because the sun sets behind the ridges and you don't get any human made structure on your frame. The 4 stars is only because there must have been 50 people there.
Perfect place to end the day
This overlook is amazing for sunset photography. I visited Ravens Roost Overlook after hiking to Shamokin Falls which is located about .15 miles down the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was the perfect spot to wrap up a fun day of hiking and the sunset was beautiful!
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