.4 mile, round-trip **Easy
Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed features on the Blue
Ridge Parkway. In fact its appeal is so great, you may find
pictures of Mabry Mill on postcards representing the rural life
of other states besides Virginia. This is one trail where you
will want to take your camera instead of your canteen.
The Mountain Industry Trail is an easy educational walk of less
than a half of a mile. During your hike you will find buildings,
farm implements, a whiskey still, and other displays which
illustrate what rural life was like in the Appalachia and other
rural areas of the eastern United States.
even be lucky enough to see live demonstrations of mountain
crafts such as gristmilling, spinning, blacksmithing which were a
part of the early 1900's. Also from the displays, you'll learn
the recipes for homemade soap, moonshine, and why it was
necessary for miller Edwin B. Mabry, the owner of Mabry Mill, to
build flumes like the one in the picture on the left.
you walk by the pond, be on the lookout for turtles, ducks, and
other wildlife. The Mabry Mill Trail is one of the more popular
trails on the Blue Ridge parkway. During the fall and on
weekends, you are likely to find the parking lots full.
The map on the right shows the location of the paved trail in gray. The Blue Ridge Parkway is shown in black and the gravel road which leads to overflow parking to the rear of Mabry Mill is shown in red. You can get a larger image of the guide on the right by double clicking.