Virginia November 18, 2017
8 Places To Visit In Virginia When The Mountains Are Calling Your Name
Just about everyone who’s lived in the state of Virginia recognizes the call of the mountains. This feeling to get out and explore the natural landscape of Virginia’s beautiful mountain range never fades, no matter our age or the time of year. The following places will certainly deliver on your mountain fix, whether it be a hike, overlook, or somewhere utterly unique.
1. Mount Rogers Recreation Area
Southwestern Virginia is home to the natural wonder that is the Mount Rogers Recreation Area. This beautiful site is known for the wild ponies, the highest elevation in the state, and majestic view of the surrounding mountains. Adventurers can dare to
hike Mount Rogers
, yet others may prefer to to embark on the
highest road in the state.
2. Humpback Rock
Accessible by means of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rock overlook is an iconic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A mile of steep climbing yields this breathtaking view, framed by the jagged rocks that live up to their name. This view is simply spectacular in any season.
3. Mabry Mill
Also located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mabry Mill is an iconic vision of Virginia and perhaps the most widely-recognized site on the Parkway. Visitors can stop in to learn the unique history of the Appalachian community while marveling at this truly gorgeous landscape. For more on this site,
4. McAfee Knob
Those looking for the classic mountain hiking experience in Virginia won't be disappointed by McAfee Knob. One of the most famous overlooks along the entire Appalachian Trail, McAfee Knob offers sweeping views of Tinker Cliffs, the Roanoke Valley, and Catawba Valley.
5. Back of the Dragon Scenic Drive
Route 16, also known as Back of the Dragon, is a 6-hour drive that curves through Southwestern Virginia. Named for its treacherous curves, this drive also yields exquisite views, particularly as it approaches Hungry Mother State Park. While this drive is most often frequented by motorcyclists, it can be enjoyed by anyone.
6. Skyline Drive
For a truly immersive mountain experience, it doesn't get much better than Skyline Drive. Making its way through Shenandoah National Park, this road offers hiking trails and unforgettable overlooks at just about every turn. While entrance into the park requires a minimum fee, rest assured the experience will be more than worthwhile.
7. Breaks Interstate Park
Did you realize the Grand Canyon of the South was located right here in Virginia? Head to the Virginia/Kentucky border to experience this exquisite attraction. The gorge plunges an impressive 1650 feet and is surrounded by magical mountain views. For more information on this site,
8. Hop aboard the Cardinal
For those who love the magic of the mountains but aren't looking for an active route, Amtrak's Cardinal provides the perfect solution. This westward bound train passes through some of the state's most charming towns and offers a smooth ride as it makes its way toward the Allegheny Mountains. To learn more about this ride,
These are just a handful of the wonderful ways to experience Virginia’s mountains. Did any of your favorite hikes or locations miss the list? Don’t be afraid to share ’em!