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One of Virginia's oldest counties is one of its newest delights. Discover for yourself a place of timeless beauty and abundant history. Lewis and Clark began their famous journey here.
On the Botetourt Wine Trail you will find symmetrical rows of hillside vineyards that frame the landscape with changing palette of textures and colors. Its many wineries welcome visitors for tours, tastings, and hospitality.
Botetourt County's downtowns are great places to visit for residents and visitors alike.These charming towns feature cultural and historical sites, annual festivals, shopping, and dining options in and around three unique and distinctive downtowns with tree-lined sidewalks, mom and pop shops, old-time theatres and the smiling faces of Botetourt's friendly downtowns.
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.