Surrounded by scenic beauty, the Virginia Mountains Region is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, but that’s not all.
Those seeking history will find the one-of-a-kind National D-Day Memorial to be a somber but beautiful place. To walk in the footsteps of a president, head to Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat and a National Historic Landmark. Visit the Booker T. Washington National Monument at his birthplace to learn about this great African-American educator. Franklin County is the “Moonshine Capital of the World” so don’t miss sampling its legal ‘shine.
Highland County is known as “Virginia’s Switzerland” thanks to its alpine climate; the highest mean elevation of any county east of the Mississippi River. Bath County offers a quintessential escape with elegant historic lodging for those seeking authentic southern hospitality.
Experience the railroad heritage, the last remaining covered humpback bridge in the United States, cascading waterfalls and shimmering Smith Mountain Lake, popular with boaters and fishing competitions such as the Bassmaster Elite Series. Music enthusiasts love to follow The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Agritourism is thriving; visit fisheries, tree farms, pumpkin patches, and pick-your-own blueberry patches for a feel of rural mountain life.
The “Star City of the South” is Roanoke, the largest city, shopping, museum and dining destination in the region. Roanoke County is an entry point for the Blue Ridge Parkway and one of Virginia’s favorite hikes, McAfee Knob.
The Virginia’s Blue Ridge/Roanoke Valley region is a popular tournament site for USA Softball/ASA slow and fast- pitch events. Salem is known as “Championship City” for being a long standing host for many NCAA Division II and III championships for football, basketball, lacrosse and softball.
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