Volunteer Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway
There are many unique and interesting things to see along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Carroll County. Aside from overlooks and historic and scenic waysides, are geological aspects of the landscape. The Volunteer Gap location along the parkway presents the visitor with an interesting panorama of a "mountain gap." One usually associates a mountain with a narrow pass through the mountains. Here in the Blue Ridge Plateau region, a gap is a somewhat large bowl landform. Historically, the gaps provided easier access through the crest of the Blue Ridge. Gaps also afforded early settlers with generally level land to farm. The Volunteer Gap provides a glimpse of agricultural use of the land, as well as a view of the overall characteristic landscape. The elevation of this gap is 2,672 feet above mean sea level.