Virginia March 06, 2017
This Might Be The Most Breathtaking Drive In All Of Virginia
Virginia is the home of beautiful, scenic drives. From the
Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive to rural backroads and coastal stretches, there’s no shortage of gorgeous routes to take. And even so, the stretch in Loudoun County known as Snickersville Turnpike may just take the cake. Here’s more on the drive that will put your mind at ease and transport you to miles of gorgeous scenery.
The rural byway known as Snickersville Turnpike (State Route 734) stretches between the northern Virginia areas of Aldie and Bluemont.
The drive, while only 15 miles in length in length, offers an unforgettable stretch of pristine rural beauty.
This breathtaking drive is equally historic, as it partially replaced the first toll road in the country in the early 1800s.
The road is named for Edward Snickers, an innkeeper whose guests included George Washington. When Washington was surveying the land for Lord Fairfax, he would often spend the night at this inn near the Shenandoah River. In 1810, the Commonwealth of Virginia put in place a system of privately owned turnpikes with a toll booth at Snicker’s Gap. This toll was kept in place until 1915.
Meandering down this well-maintained route, drivers will enjoy pristine views of Loudoun Valley.
Surrounded by mountains and a lush stretch of farmland, you'll feel as though you've discovered paradise.
Climbing upwards, the drive also passes by the iconic Snickers Gap at an elevation of over 1,000 ft.
This Blue Ridge Mountain wind gap, photographed above, is a beautiful site along the turnpike.
Another site along the drive is the historic Hibbs Bridge.
This stone bride dates back to 1810 and crosses over Beaverdam Creek.
There's no better way to appreciate the rural beauty that is so characteristic of the Shenandoah Valley.
Even during the winter, drivers will enjoy seeing farmhouses and other agricultural landmarks decorate the landscape.
For a real treat, begin the drive just before sunset.
As you wind through the valley, you'll see the sky transform into an array of breathtaking colors. It's nothing short of heavenly.
Have you taken this historic and beautiful Snickersville Turnpike through northern Virginia? We’d love to hear about your experiences! And if you love driving through Virginia, you won’t want to miss this
Picturesque Road Trip Through Virginia’s Most Beautiful Small Towns.