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Smart View Trail - Blue Ridge Parkway

Smart View Recreational Area offers several hiking trails and picnic areas. Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Smart View also offers excellent views of the Virginia Piedmont. Various trails meander through moist deciduous woodlands, hardwood forests, and open fields. This site is great place to bird during spring migration, but summer also is productive with breeders such as hooded, Kentucky, and black-and white warblers, Acadian and great-crested flycatchers, blue-gray gnatcatcher, yellow-throated and red-eyed vireos, chipping sparrow, brown thrasher, and scarlet tanager.

  • 3 mile loop trail
  • Beautiful vistas

Directions to Trailhead:
  • From the intersection of US 220 and the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Roanoke, go southwest on the Blue Ridge Parkway for 33.0 miles to the Smart View Recreation Area on the left.
  • Located at milepost 154
Add On:
  • Continue south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to milepost 171.5 where you will find Chateau Morrisett - a winery and restaurant (540.593.2865)