The Fancy Gap area has many noteworthy attractions.
See Mabry Mill, Devil's Den, The Fancy Gap Pickin' porch and numerous Blueridge Parkway vistas
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Plateau of Southwestern Virginia in south central Carroll County, Bluemont Presbyterian Church is one of six rock churches built by Rev. Bob Childress. Subject of the book, The Man Who Moved a Mountain by Richard C. Davids (1970).
Largest of the six rock churches. The forerunner to the present church was opened in 1920 as a wooden structure. Church was encased by native stone in 1945-1946. Bluemont derives name from the abbreviation of the word Blue Mountain, for the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors who wish to view the property are encouraged to do so, but tours are not available. The six churches are a popular regional attraction. Church can be viewed from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Services are conducted every Sunday of the year and visitors are welcome. Service 10:30 a.m./ Sunday School 10 a.m.
Experiencing “America’s Favorite Drive” Map
A drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is slow paced and relaxing. Almost any overlook or trail will reveal much of the natural and cultural history here. Explore the many communities along the route that make our region so special. Enjoy the view, but watch the road!
Did You Know?
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited unit of America's National Park System, consistently attracting about twenty million visitors each year.
The Devil's Den Nature Preserve is a unique 250 acre tract containing an abundance of cultural and natural resources. The preserve is situated on the eastern edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment overlooking the North Carolina Piedmont.
Several trails cross the property, including one that follows the former road bed of the Good Spur Road - a historic route in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Robert S. Harris Farmstead, a 1880s dwelling, is undergoing renovation as a future site exhibit. Rocks, some 40-50 ft in height, mark the entrance to the Devil's Den - a spectacular geological feature can be visited. The cave had a role in local history in association with the 1912 Carroll County Courthouse Shooting and was a major tourist attraction in the 1920s. The Devil's Den Nature Preserve is open from Dawn to Dusk, May 1 to October 31.
Mabry Mill is a watermill located at milepost 176.2 of Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County, Virginia. It is a tourist attraction mainly for the picturesque views of the mill itself. A short trail around the mill connects historical exhibits about life in rural Virginia. The trail allows visitors to view the gristmill, sawmill, and blacksmith shop.
Mabry Mill became operational in 1905 and served as a gristmill until the mid-1930's. E.B. Mabry operated the mill from 1910 until 1935.
During peak seasons, demonstrations of crafts are given by National Park Service volunteers at Mabry Mill.