5 Scenic Fall Drives

home-slide2-creeper-trailLeaf season is fast approaching, and the Abingdon area has plenty of opportunities to see gorgeous autumn color. Make Abingdon your home base, then plan a day trip to check out one of these five scenic drives.

Mount Rogers Scenic Byway

Mount Rogers Scenic Byway treats you to an incredible visual experience as it laces back and forth over whitewater streams and passes the southwest slopes of Whitetop Mountain. Mt. Rogers, at 5,729 feet, is the highest point in Virginia and the focal point of the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area.

30 minutes from Abingdon. Read more.

Outdoor AdventureUS Route 58 from Abingdon to Grayson Highlands State Park

Crossing Mount Rogers on Route 58 between Damascus and Independence is an adventure of winding roads, but it is worth the drive to experience the natural beauty and wonders of the Mount Rogers area. Take a moment to pull off and enjoy a picnic beside a tumbling waterfall, or hike one of the many trails to that lead into Jefferson National Forest. Grayson Highlands State Park is at the top of the drive and plenty of hiking trails can be found at the park.

10 minutes from Abingdon. Read more.

The Back of the Dragon

Extremely popular with motorcyclists for its breathtaking scenery and breathtakingly sharp curves. See spectacular views along Route 16 between Marion and Tazewell. Near Tazewell, the fertile Thompson Valley spreads out before you.

30 minutes from Abingdon. Read more.

Southwest Virginia Regional Tour

Blue Ridge Parkway

One of the most popular scenic drives in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway runs over 80 miles through Southwest Virginia. Hop on at Lovers Leap (2 hours from Abingdon) or Fancy Gap (1 hour 15 minutes from Abingdon).

The Crooked Road

Combine the sights of autumn with the sounds of Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. This winding road covers 333 miles, but you can make it a day trip from Abingdon by starting at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, and heading west to The Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, VA, with live music every Saturday night. Along the way, stop in at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol.

Begins in Abingdon. Read more.

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