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Description - The Mount Rogers Scenic Byway is in two sections. The first begins at Troutdale and goes west for 13 miles mostly in Smyth County. You will traverse the heart of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area with scenic, open, rural countryside characteristics.
The second section leads you 32 miles east from Damascus to Volney, Virginia. This section follows U.S. Route 58 in both Washington and Grayson Counties. This route offers the easiest access to the "High Country" of the National Recreation Area. Much of the byway laces back and forth across white water streams. Because of its curves and winding character, it is not suitable for vehicles longer than 35 feet. On this byway, you will pass the southwest slopes of Whitetop Mountain, the second highest peak in Virginia, at 5,570 feet. On top of the mountain without moving from one spot, you can look to the north and view the geology created by sediment laid down in ancient seas and, by turning around 180 degrees, you can see a landscape created by volcanos.

Recreation - Grayson Highlands State Park is a short drive away and offers numerous multi-use trails, a visitor center and several annual festivals.

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 - From Marion, Virginia take Rt. 16 south into Troutdale. The byway travels west for 13 miles mostly in Smyth County.

Or from Abingdon, Virginia take US 58 east to Damascus. The byway travels from Damascus to Volney.

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George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, 5162 Valleypointe Parkway , Roanoke, VA, 24019, Phone: 540-265-5100

Additional Information:
Blue Ridge Highlands Travel Region - The Blue Ridge Highlands includes seven State Parks, a National Forest, a natural area preserve, two scenic byways and access to the Appalachian Trail.
Bristol / Abingdon / Marion Area - This is a beautiful mountainous area and was much traveled by pioneers during the 1800's. Bristol is created with being the birth place of country music. Folk arts and crafts are a main attraction.
Roanoke Area - Roanoke is known as the Star City. The Roanoke Valley has many attributes to charm any visitor. Conveniently located off I-81 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke offers museums, attractions, farmers markets and an abundance of outdoor recreation.
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.

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests - Official agency Website
Grayson Highlands State Park - Official agency Website
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.
The Virginia Travel Guide - Statewide Attractions


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