The Blue Ridge Parkway is one place where all you road trip lovers can get away and just drive for hundreds of miles — literally. Along the way, different paths will give you an excuse to stop and take in amazing sights on a scenic hike adventure. One overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway has a trail that'll lead visitors to an old cabin in the woods so you can explore while stretching your legs.

You'll find Buck Springs Gap Overlook at milepost 407.6 on the parkway, with an elevation of 4980 feet. Two parking lots with different trails to take will greet you; one for the overlook and another that will lead you to the Mount Pisgah Trail.

For all those scenic sights, take the overlook trail. You'll only have to walk about 500 feet to the top. This sky-high spot will give you gorgeous views of grass-covered mountain tops and dipping valleys. You'll feel as if you're up in the clouds!

This trail will also lead visitors to the former Buck Springs Lodge, an old hunting lodge built by George Vanderbilt in the 1890s.

Hikers can see where the lodge once used to stand, as well as a cute and quaint little spring house cabin that also sits on the property surrounded by trees.

Taking the trail past the lodge, you can see what's left of the lodge's foundation as you wind through a wooded forest that feels like something out of a fairytale.

To get to the cabin, take a right before walking up to the overlook, where you'll be greeted by a retaining wall.

The spring house is located in the opposite direction of the wall. Instead of walking down the stone steps to go back to the parking lot, take the dirt trail that is slightly overgrown.

It's pretty hidden from plain sight and might take a couple of minutes to get there, but you'll find it in a small clearing nestled between the trees.

You can explore inside of the small springhouse and feel like a hobbit at home in the forest.

This is a great spot to take a break from driving and to clear your mind. Whether you're there for the views or a little adventure through the brush, there's a lot to explore on the Buck Springs Trail.

Buck Springs Gap Overlook 

Price: Free

Address: C63R+GX Canton, Beaverdam, NC at Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 407.6

Why You Need To Go: Not only is there an amazing overlook at this spot, but there's a trail that'll take visitors to remains of an old hunting lodge and spring house. 



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