Virginia’s Mountain Country is a diverse region of lofty peaks and sophisticated cities – there’s a lot to do here no matter what your interests are!
The region’s center is Roanoke, a modern mountain town with tons of flair. Hike up Mill Mountain or take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, then spend the afternoon at the Science Museum of Western Virginia or the Taubman Museum of Art.
To the east of Roanoke there is plenty of wine to sample – the Bedford Wine Trail leads you to LeoGrande and Ramulose Ridge vineyards.
Hikers will love the Appalachian Trail – it’s probably the most famous hike in America, and it traverses the region from Craig County to the Peaks of Otter. Speaking of the Peaks of Otter, this recreation spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway is home to a gorgeous lake and miles of trails.
Downtown Roanoke, Virginia at sunset
Cool off at Roaring Run Falls or paddle the Upper James River Water Trail. History abounds here – visit the Omni Homestead Resort, see a show at the Garth Newel Music Center, and pay respects to the fallen at McDowell Battlefield.
It’s all happening in Virginia’s mountains – come see what all the excitement is about.
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Roanoke has enough attractions to keep you busy for days. Hike up to Mill Mountain to visit the zoo and ride the railroad, then spend the afternoon at the modern Taubman Museum of Art – it features an interactive area for kids and a gift shop, or the O. Winston Link Museum, which documents the end of the steam locomotive era. Don’t miss Explore Park, which has nine miles of hiking and biking trails.
Tie on your hiking boots and bring your swim suit – there’s outdoor adventure of all types in Virginia’s mountains. The Appalachian Trail traverses much of the area – head to the Peaks of Otter and hike famous trail for a mile or a week. There are great rivers for rafting and tubing – some of the most popular are the Pigg River, Bottom Creek, and the Bullpasture River. Carvin’s Cove has the region’s best mountain biking.
These mountains are exciting to drive through, and the most exciting drive of them all is the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hop on the road near Roanoke and go north for thrilling mountain scenery near Bobblets Gap. Closer to town, the Mill Mountain Parkway leads to a great overlook, while the Jubal Early Highway leads you through great countryside. For mountain splendor, few roads equal state Route 779 through Catawba Creek – it’s sublime!