Apple Orchard Mountain is the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, as well as being the most topographically prominent mountain in the state. The summit is essentially bald, with an FAA radar on top. This radar makes the mountain recognizable from miles away. There is an Air Force road to the summit, however, this road is strictly off limits, and the only access is via the Appalachian Trail. The easiest approach is to park alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway and hike along the A.T. to the summit. It is 2 miles round trip, with 300' of elevation gain. The BRP is frequently closed during winter months, so unless it is unseasonably warm, you have to wait until March or April to climb it.
|Range/Region:||Blue Ridge Mountains|
|Best months for climbing:||Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov|
|First successful climber(s):||Native Americans|
|Nearest major airport:||Roanoke|
|Convenient Center:||Buchanan, VA|
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- Log #21411 - by Fred Harkins on Sep 02, 2008This is not about a climb. It is a little bit of history of Apple Orchard Mountain that you may or may not be aware of. The mountain was home for the 649th Ac&W Radar Sqdn in the fifties....