Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm, Blue Ridge Parkway MP 5.8, Virginia, USA.
Fall foliage in mid October on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The popular Humpback Rocks Trail (2 miles round trip with 700 feet gain) starts here at Milepost 6 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains (a subset of the Appalachian Mountains), USA. On left is the log fence of Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm, a restored 1890s farmstead open to the public at Milepost 5.8. In summer, costumed interpreters demonstrate 1890s southern Appalachian mountain life. European settlers of the Appalachian Mountains forged a living from abundant native materials: hickory, chestnut, and oak trees provided nuts for food, logs for building, and tannin for curing hides; and the rocks were used as foundations, chimneys and stone fences. This farm was originally a Land Grant tract dispensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to induce pioneers to settle; and later it became known as the William J. Carter Farm. The scenic 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, following ridge crestlines and the Appalachian Trail.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download