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Description - The Highlands Scenic Byway is a 19.6 mile scenic byway. It is located Alleghany and Rockbridge Counties and includes segments of State Route 850, State Route 770 and Forest Road 447. This byway takes the form of an elongated loop. From the dense forested stream valleys of Brattons Run and Simpson Creek to the upland hardwood forest on the ridge of North Mountain, the Highlands Scenic Tour weaves through scenery that consists primarily of a continuous cover of forest. There are views of impressive geologic formations on the upper slopes as well as beautiful cascading streams in narrow valleys.

Recreation - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests offer recreation areas for fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. Two historic universities reside nearby as well, Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. The historic Homestead resort is 30 minutes away.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

Location - To reach the byway from Interstate 64-60, exit at Longdale Furnace onto Rt. 770. Take it to Forest Road 447 which runs along the Alleghany and Rockbridge County Lines.


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Contact Information:
Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 East Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

Additional Information:
Shenandoah Valley Travel Region - The Shenandoah Valley Travel Region is home to two State Parks, one National Park, the Appalachian Trail, several natural area preserves, several large lakes and the lovely Skyline Drive.
Virginia Scenic Byways - Virginia Scenic Byways are a wonderful way to visit the Commonwealth. From historic treasures to mountain views, the byways offer a comfortable choice in sight seeing.

Links:
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests - Official agency Website
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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