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About Meadows of Dan, Patrick & Henry Counties

With nearly one-third of its area within the rolling Piedmont plateau, agriculture – mainly peaches, apples, cherries, grapes, and cattle – plays an important role in Patrick County‘s economy. The remaining land is in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, where the Blue Ridge Parkway forms the County’s western border with Carroll and Floyd counties to the north. The Meadows of Dan area hosts a regional visitor center within 200 yards of its Parkway exit.

Patrick County boasts four parks, including the 4,500-acre Fairy Stone State Park, which adjoins the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 10,000-acre Philpott Lake and Dam. Five rivers – Dan, Ararat, North Mayo, South Mayo, and Smith – have headwaters in Patrick with lots of fresh water fishing opportunities.

Motorsport fans will enjoy world class NASCAR racing at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, stockcar dirt track racing at the Fork Mountain Raceway, and MX and ATV racing at Lake Sugar Tree Motorsport Park.

Equally important, is the area’s mountain music. The Crooked Road and Round the Mountain trails highlight traditional bluegrass music and artisan events while the new Virginia Museum of Natural History anchors the area’s cultural attractions alongside destinations like Piedmont Arts, and Bassett Historical Center.

Each year, the area celebrates its beloved local treasures with two state-sanctioned festivals, the Virginia State Peach Festival and Virginia Covered Bridge Festival.

Stories from Meadows of Dan, Patrick & Henry Counties

October 14, 2020
Fall color season is upon us and the hillsides are dotted with the reds of maples, sourwoods and sumac and the yellows of birches and yellow poplars. But even after the trees are bare, these routes offer sites worth visiting- they promise to tickle your taste buds, enthrall your eyes…
August 26, 2020
The Blue Ridge Mountains are dotted with farms producing everything from Christmas trees to trout. Fruit, flowers, herbs, jams, jellies, pies, wreaths and other crafts are all produced right here in the mountains.
April 17, 2020
The Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding areas in Virginia provide a mecca of outdoor opportunities -- places to relax and enjoy nature from underneath a forest canopy, along a mountain stream or on a rocking chair on a covered front porch.
December 28, 2019
Visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway for the holidays (or lucky enough to be a local) and looking for unique ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2020? We’ve got your guide to some of the best kept secrets for seeing out 2019 and celebrating the start of 2020. Roar into the twenties where ever you are along the Blue Ridge Mountains with one of these fun New Years celebrations.
June 15, 2019
Ride along for our green tour of the Floyd and Meadows of Dan areas of the BRP in Virginia. We share our adventure of scenic beauty and wildlife, local food, brews and wine - and the best in sustainable lodging for all budgets. From quirky to luxury to antiques and hardware, we saw it all.
November 27, 2017
“Three days, two lanes, and one spectacular fall road trip along the South’s most storied highway. Jason Frye, accompanied by his wife,…

Recommended Itineraries

Region: Virginia
Duration:2 - 3 days
For history lovers who want to get away and experience the simple life with a variety of historical points of interest, abundant natural beauty and even wine tastings and luxury treatments, Patrick County, Virginia is your perfect destination. Here are all the must-see places to help you unplug, unwind, and step back in time.
Region: Virginia
Duration:1 day
At milepost 177.7 of the Blue Ridge Parkway you will see one of the rarest views on your ride: a town. Meadows of Dan, Virginia is home to rugged hiking trails, sweet treats, luxurious getaways and so much more.