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Wythe County is historic and its almost 500 square miles of landscape is some of the most beautiful in America. Filled with lush forests, an abundance of water, its, rolling hills and surrounding mountains are filled with a variety of wildlife and floral beauty.
There are more than 127 churches located throughout Wythe County, with a wide variety of doctrines and styles, to help the individual find an opportunity for worship that is closely suited to his or her personality and beliefs. The natural grandeur of Wythe County's mountains, the scenic beauty of the New River that flows through it, and the diverse richness of its woodlands are unsurpassed and, for centuries, have charmed residents and tourists alike.
Take a break from the interstate and leisurely drive on Big Walker Mountain National Forest Scenic Byway. This 16-mile byway showcases beautiful mountain scenery in all four seasons. Along the way, stop at Big Walker Lookout & BW Country Store and climb a 100-foot tower or shop for locally made arts and crafts. Every weekend from May-October, special artisan and music events are held. This byway travels through the Jefferson National Forest with many sites on the Virginia Birding Trail nearby. Continue down the mountain toward Wytheville and follow the path of Toland's Raid by viewing the markers of the Virginia's Civil War Trails.
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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.