Explore Ravens Roost Overlook

Virginia Ravens Roost Overlook

Added by Christin Healey

  • Easy access off the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Beautiful (westward facing) views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and valley
  • Close to local breweries and wineries
  • Great picnic spot to catch a sunset after completing one of the many nearby hikes
  • Popular climbing spot
  • Iconic 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!

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  • Camera
  • Tripod
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Chillin, Photography, Rock Climbing

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Spring, Summer, Autumn



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area

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about 1 month ago

Great Sunset View

Probably one of the best places to photograph the sunset on the Virginia section of the Parkway, and fun for kids (and adults too) to explore the rocks and boulders!!

about 1 month ago

about 1 month ago

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!

about 1 month ago

Added by Christin Healey

Explorer, adventure seeker, lover of life and all things creative.

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