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Patrick County is located in the Blue Ridge Highlands region of Virginia, where the rolling hills of the Piedmont meet the Blue Ridge Mountains. The county is bordered on the south by North Carolina and on the West by the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Visitors have numerous recreational activities available along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Fairystone State Park and Philpott Lake. Swimming, fishing boating, camping and horseback riding are popular year around.
The Reynolds Homestead provides numerous cultural events and activities. Stuart boasts a popular Beach Music Festival in June, where people come from around the world! And some of the most photographed attractions are Patrick County's covered bridges.
Patrick County is one of the major sites along The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.
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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.