Mountain vistas, waterfalls and welcoming hospitality are hallmarks of this Virginia region that also has Native American, frontier and Civil War heritage. Virginia’s Blue Ridge Highlands region cradles small towns full of grace and charm amid mile-high mountains.
Explore scenic byways and take a music and cultural journey on The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Music is an important part of the culture, but a rich history of art, food and wine complete the palate. Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace on I-81 near Abingdon, preserves the music, the crafts, cuisine and art of the region.
Stand astride the Virginia-Tennessee state line on Main Street in downtown Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music, and home of Bristol Motor Speedway. Visit the Booker T. Washington National Monument at his birthplace in Franklin County to learn about this great African-American educator.
Whether driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking the Appalachian Trail or biking the Virginia Creeper Trail, guests of Virginia will always remember the scenic beauty of the land. A visit to the meadows of Grayson Highlands State Park, the home of wild ponies, is breathtaking. From historic venues to popular events to tasty food, Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands region promises a lifetime of memories for visitors.
Those looking for adventure will find events such as the Eastern Divide Ultra, a point to point 50K trail race from the Cascades to Mountain Lake, the Bassmaster Elite Series at Smith Mountain Lake or a scenic ride along the Back of the Dragon via VA Route 16 over three mountains between Tazewell and Marion.
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