Milepost 216-248

Wildflowers You Might Spot From Milepost 216-248

  • Skunk Cabbage – Feb-Mar
  • Dwarf Iris – Mar-April
  • Serviceberry Sarvice – Mar-May
  • Dwarf Iris – Mar-April
  • Buttercups – Mar-June
  • Wild Strawberry – Mar-June
  • Crested Dwarf Iris – Apr-May
  • Pinxter Flower – Apr-May
  • Trillium – Apr-May
  • Carolina Rhododendron Late Apr-June
  • Dogwood – May
  • Flame Azalea – May-June
  • Allegheny Blackberry – May-June
  • New Jersey Tea – May-June
  • Bittersweet – May-June
  • Fly Poison – May-July
  • Phlox – May-July
  • Catawba Rhododendron – June
  • Goat’s Beard – June
  • Butterfly Weed – Jun-Aug
  • Mountain Laurel – June-July
  • Sourwood – Jun-July
  • Tall Coneflower – Jul-Aug
  • Pokeberry – Aug

Birds You Might Spot From Milemarker 216-248

  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Wood Peewee
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • American Goldfinch
  • White-breasted Nuthatches
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Carolina Wrens
  • Red-eyed & Solitary Vireos
  • Hooded Warblers
  • Black-billed Cuckoos
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Wood Thrush

Points of Interest – Milepost 216 to 248

  • Cumberland Knob – Milepost 217.5- A 1,000 acres park and the northernmost visitor center in North Carolina. Picnic areas and trails. Take the 15 minute loop trail to Cumberland Knob, described on the Parkway guide as and ideal lazy-day walk, or the more strenuous Gully Creek Trail , a 2 hour loop meandering by a stream into Gully Creek Gorge. Sparta-Milepost 229, then about 7 miles north on Highway 21. FREE
  • Fox Hunter’s Paradise – MP 218.6 An overlook & parking area with 10 minute trail walk to the Paradise, where old-time hunters listened for their hounds. Alt. 2,805. FREE
  • Stone Mountain State Park – 1 hr. to a whole weekend – Milepost 229, then take Highway 21 South to Roaring Gap. The park entrance is 7 miles southwest of Roaring Gap off SR 1002, then follow John P. Frank Parkway. The park offers several hiking trails, to include one to the summit of the 600-foot granite dome. Among the camping choices available are: family type ,backcountry, and group camping. For fishing the park offers more than 17 miles of designated trout waters. FREE
  • Little Glade Pond – A nice place to picnic and try your luck at fishing! (NC fishing license required) FREE
  • Mahogany Rock Mountain – Located on the Parkway, Mahogany Rock Mountain is a prime place to view hawks sailing the updraft and thermals along the Blue Ridge on their southern migration. The best time to view the migration is in late August and early September. Most activity starts around 10am and continue through 4:30 or 5:00 pm. FREE
  • Shelton Vineyards – 21 miles from Milepost 199.5 or 215-286 Cabernet Lane, Dobson. The rolling hills of the Yadkin Valley provide the ideal drainage and topography for growing premium vinifera grapes. Daily tours and tastings *Gift shop* Handcrafted Artisan Cheeses* Summer Outdoor Concert Series* Beautifully landscaped grounds and picnic area. 336-372-2562, 800-650-3236 or FREE
  • Doughton Park – MP 238.5 – 244.7 – Visit the restored Brinegar Cabin and, during the summer months, watch hand-weaving demonstrations. The park is located in seven thousand acres of land and offers picnic areas and 30 miles of hiking trails. Trout fishing (you need a state fishing license) and primitive back-country camping sites are also available. Reserve with park officials. During the winter months go cross-country skiing in Doughton Park- park has gently rolling terrain and numerous trails. When park is accessible. (call parkway ranger’s office at 336-372-8568). FREE
  • Thistle Meadow Winery – Milepost 246 (Laurel Springs). Take Elk Knob Road (SR 1143) just before milepost 246, drive for 3 miles to the Burgiss Farm. A winery that allows you to see just how wine is made daily and how you can make wine to YOUR taste. Visitors Welcomed @ Thistle Meadow Winery. 1 800-233 1505 or check them out online at

Facts and Folklore between milepost 216 – 248

  • Where the Parkway Began…Cumberland Knob in Alleghany County was where ground was first broken in the construction of the Parkway in 1935.
  • The Lost Province – Alleghany County was known as the “lost province” because of its isolation. Nowadays the county is referred as the “unspoiled province” because of its preserved, scenic beauty.
  • The Old “New” – Did you know that The New River, which flows through Alleghany County, is the second oldest river in the world? This billion years old river was named an American Heritage River in 1998 by President Clinton who visited the area to present the designation. The New is also the only river in the eastern US that flows northward to the mid-west. The River was named in honor of the ferry operator Mr. New.
  • Alleghany – The word, “Alleghany,” is said to come from an Indian word meaning, “a fine stream.”
  • White Lightning – Did you know that still made whiskey (aka moonshine, corn likker, or white lightning) was heartily made in Alleghany County–first by pioneers, and then by locals during the Great Depression who bartered with the moonshine to buy staples like flour, sugar, etc. Back then, a moonshiner making whiskey to raise money to feed his family was not thought of as a criminal. Today, though, stiff penalties including jail time are given if caught selling moonshine.
  • Minerals – During the Civil War, many minerals including iron, were mined in Alleghany County.Other minerals such as copper and gray granite were also plentiful.
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