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Virginia Scenic Drives

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  • Allow about 30 minutes.
  • 16.2 miles (26 km)

The 16-mile ride along Big Walker Mountain Scenic Byway affords awesome views of the Ridge and Valley landscape, colorful blooms in the spring, and great birds of prey circling the warm air currents rising from the valley. From the peak of Big Walker Mountain, the tallest mountain crest in Virginia ...

  • 4 days to enjoy the Byway
  • 469 miles (754 km)

It was built during the Great Depression and passes through some of the earliest towns in America. It serves as a link between the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. And, it is one of the most scenic drives in the country.The Blue Ridge Parkway is filled wi...

  • Allow 20 minutes
  • 15 miles (24 km)

This Byway wanders along the Chincoteague Bay and lands on the Virginia state line. With exceptional views of the wild and free Assateague Island from Public Landing, the Chincoteague Bay Route serves excellent opportunities for fishing, swimming, and boating. Passing through the elegant town of Sno...

  • One hour to drive the Byway.
  • 23 miles (37 km)

The Colonial Parkway is a drive into yesteryear that begins in Jamestown, the site of the first permanent English settlement in the United States. Its route, shaped like a triangle with vertices at Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown, is 23 miles long and covers over 167 years of history.The Parkwa...

  • One hour without stopping or one full day to visit places along the way.
  • 25 miles (40 km)

The George Washington Memorial Parkway is laden with wildlife preserves, memorials, famous homesteads, and the history of our nation. It winds its way along a tree-lined path with beauty at every bend. Bikers and joggers run alongside the road on a path paved for their pleasures. And, sweeping views...

  • 1 hour to drive the byway, but take several hours to enjoy the trails offered.
  • 20 miles (32 km)

Located along the shaded forest roads of the Jefferson and George Washington National Forests, this 20-mile loop travels through lush valleys and overlooks the Allegheny Highlands and Blue Ridge Mountains. With trails weaving through this dense forest, your camera will be the best thing you take wit...

  • Take 3-4 hours to drive the byway.
  • 100 miles (160 km)

With the fall of Petersburg, General Robert E. Lee retreated across southside Virginia, surrendering at Appomattox Court House. In 1865, historic homes, small villages and rolling meadows awaited the passing Confederate and Union Armies. Today, you can retreat into this important part of American...

  • Approximately three hours
  • 60 miles (96 km)

The Mount Rogers Scenic Byway travels through the Jefferson National Forest to the core of Mount Rogers Mountain Area where easy access to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail offer the traveler ample opportunities for outdoor recreation.Mount Ro...

  • Take 1 hour to drive this byway.
  • 12 miles (19 km)

The first beaten traces of Old Georgetown Pike date from prehistoric times, when grazing herds carved the trail to circumvent the Great Falls of the Potomac. In the 17th century, Susquehannoc and Iroquois Indians used the trail as a fur trade route.

  • Take 2-4 hours to drive this byway.
  • 203 miles (326 km)

The Daniel Boone Trail was blazed by the legendary frontiersman in 1775. The Trail became the route for hundreds of thousands of settlers who conquered the western frontier.

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