There are more than 2,500 miles designated as scenic byways in Virginia, many of which are located within the Roanoke Region. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Salem Bike Route and Scenic Route 39 in the Alleghany Highlands are among some of the more popular routes on this list.
People travel from all over the world to experience the incredible riding. A temperate climate and access to miles of lightly traveled roads are just a few of the reasons why the Roanoke Region is quickly becoming known as a cycling mecca. Plus, the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail passes through here.
We also recommend this list if you want to follow the path less traveled from the Virginia Backroads Gazetteer:
Scenic Route 39 carries you up steep mountains and along deep gorges through the Alleghany Highlands. You’ll come upon the Virginia Horse Center and Goshen Pass, then you can enter the George Washington National Forest and the town of Warm Springs. As you continue on Route 39 toward the West Virginia border, you’ll pass the Hidden Valley and Blowing Springs recreation areas, with opportunities for camping, hiking, and fishing.
“America’s Favorite Drive,” the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway is also known as much for cycling as it is for driving. It meanders from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.
Mileposts, beginning with zero at the northern terminus and ending with 469 at the southern end, dot the parkway and serve as landmarks. The parkway follows the Appalachian Mountain chain and provides some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, ranging from 650 to 6,000 feet in elevation. Scenic overlooks, historic structures, walking trails, and waterfalls are just some of the highlights along the parkway.
Roanoke is located at approximately milepost 120.
A typical byway drive in Southwest Virginia would be Route 52 north out of Wytheville. You can stop at Big Walker Mountain Lookout for a breathtaking view. Then follow Route 42 southwest to Route 16. Going south will take you to Mount Rogers. North on Route 16 takes you toward Tazewell and Burke’s Garden.
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