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Henry County is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the southern Piedmont region of Virginia. Nearby recreational opportunities include the, Blue Ridge Parkway, Smith Mountain Lake, Philpott Reservoir, Fairystone State Park, Martinsville Speedway (NASCAR Sprint Cup racing), and Smith River,(trout fishing).
There are four country clubs in Henry County and numerous public golf courses within an hour's drive. Nearby museums and opportunities for the arts include the Piedmont Arts Association and the Virginia Museum of Natural History.
You can also visit the "Leatherwood Home", a plantation belonging to Patrick Henry, the famous orator of the Revolutionary period whose "give me liberty or give me death" speech rings through the ages.
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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.