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Botetourt County VA +

16 E. Main Street

Fincastle, VA 24090

(540) 473-1167

Email: travel@botetourtva.gov

Website: www.visitbotetourt.com

Located at the southern gateway to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Botetourt County (pronounced Bot-i-tot) is one of the state’s most scenic and historically significant counties and the combination of rivers, mountains, scenic countryside and historic towns creates a vacation experience that is second to none. From Civil War Trails and historic connections to Lewis and Clark to the great migration route used by early American settlers crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains, Botetourt County has a rich legacy of history and exploration.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of the three incorporated towns of Botetourt County or visit our three farm wineries and discover the history, charm and hospitality of life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway or other scenic byways and you'll discover why people choose to call this home. Grab a bike and experience The Blue Ridge Parkway, TransAmerica Trail (US 76) or the many mountain biking trails in the National Forest. Hikers can explore the miles of hiking trails including the Appalachian Trail or slip on a lifejacket for a family adventure on The Upper James River Water Trail. The timeless wonders of Botetourt County await. Start exploring…

For more information, visit www.visitbotetourt.com or call (540) 473-1167.

Highlights & Happenings

  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, comprises this popular park and lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set as
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • These high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron, but don’t despair if you miss the peak bloom. Violets, blackberry, May-apple, a
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. The m
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 67th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blooms & Wildlife Watching
  • Don't forget your cameras and binoculars when visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway! Learn when and where to see blooms along your journey.
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