In Botetourt County you can retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark as they set out on their remarkable journey across the American continent. In 1803, the famous explorers departed from the frontier town of Fincastle. Present-day Botetourt still offers lots of opportunities for discovery. A leisurely stroll through the downtowns of Virginia’s Blue Ridge will reveal the history, charm, and hospitality of life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Grab a bike, lace up your hiking boots, or slip on your lifejacket for an outdoor adventure on one of our many trails or waterways.
The Blue Ridge Parkway creates Botetourt County’s eastern boundary. From access points outside the Town of Buchanan and on Route 460 in Blue Ridge, visitors can drive scenic sections of the Parkway. Highlights along the Botetourt County section of the Parkway include Harvey’s Knob, the Appalachian Trail, and Apple Orchard Falls.