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Things to do in Rockfish Gap

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“While Shenandoah Natl Park charges a fee, the Blue Ridge Pkwy is free, and full of hiking trails. There is a list of popular hikes in your space & my husband can advise you as well.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Entertainment
“I visited Swananoa a couple times in the '80s, when it was still owned by the widow of a man who had operated the mansion as a kind of metaphysical school, offering tours of the first floor and views of the owner's cosmological paintings. I haven't been since, but it is well worth visiting as a late 19th century Robber Baron type mansion. It seems to have been left to the locality: "This 1912 Italianate marble palace is now open for group tours, weddings and other events. By appointment only. Call for information or to plan a group tour, contact Phil Dulaney. Major James Dooley, an executive with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, completed construction of the $2 million Swannanoa in 1912. Dooley, who owned the Maymont estate is Richmond, built this 52-room marble palace as a token of love for his wife, Sally May. More than 300 artisans were hired to create the palace as a replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. Visitors today can still see the depth of James and Sally May’s relationship is places like the 4,000 piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley. Limited weekend visiting hours. Check Events calendar at www.nelsoncounty.com for times." ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Route
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
“For this expansive view of the Afton Mountain area, drive hwy 250 from Crozet to Rockfish Gap, watching for the scenic overlook pulloff on the left.”
  • 5 locals recommend
National Park
“Skyline Drive is the 105-mile road that runs the entire length of the National Park Service’s Shenandoah National Park. Packed with wildlife, hiking, scenic views, and much more, the drive can be enjoyed at any time of the year, but is particularly spectacular during the Fall foliage season.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Route
“Drive through Shenandoah National Park on the famous Skyline drive. You will drive along the blue ridge mountains and have amazing views. Stop along the way for long or short hikes. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
National Park
“This is another great way to see our beautiful mountains. Drive or bike through this lovely area. You will find numerous trails also if you are into hiking.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“Indian Summer Guide Service offers horseback riding trips through a variety of vineyards. Highly rated and recommended, trips are scheduled year-round and include wine tasting!”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Just below from our cottage is the entrance to this beautiful scenic drive. Please check to ensure no closures before planning route.”
  • 1 local recommends
Unknown
“You have this amazing historic site in walking distance. Fully marble mansion built in 1912 on the mountain top. You won’t see anything like this in Virginia!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollows—take a hike, a meander along Skyline Drive, or a picnic with the family. 200,000 acres of protected lands.”
  • 1 local recommends