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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

  • 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.
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • For generations, visitors have headed for the Craggies in June, typically the prime time for viewing the pink and purple blooms of Catawba rhododendrons that blanket much of the area.
  • 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.
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, picnic area, campground, lodge, restaurant, and country store make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. Visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century far
  • Blue Ridge Music Center
  • The Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge.
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 68th 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.
  • What To Do
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a road – it is a beautiful journey that entices visitors to explore a 469-mile gateway to America’s rich cultural heritage.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
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