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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 County 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

December 28, 2021
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? We’ve got your guide for seeing in the New Year at one of these celebrations in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
September 16, 2021
Virginia's creative and sometimes whimsical LOVEworks are a wonderful photo opportunity. Why not start a new tradition and make some family memories finding and photographing a few LOVE signs while enjoying the out of doors this year?
January 25, 2021
The last Tuesday in January is National Plan for Vacation Day. Academic research shows that trip planning and anticipation bring positive effects. Here are some tips for planning your upcoming Parkway travels.
December 4, 2020
Many of the businesses along the Blue Ridge Parkway remain open year-round and offer such eclectic merchandise that you can shop for everyone on your holiday gift list from the comfort of your home and have the gifts delivered to your door or directly to the recipient.
November 16, 2020
Even while staying at home we still seem to be busy. Maybe this season you'll want to slow down and make time to take a getaway with your significant other. Regardless of when you choose to enjoy a romantic getaway along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we have some options and ideas for you to consider.
October 14, 2020
These routes offer sites worth visiting that promise to tickle your taste buds, enthrall your eyes and enchant your ears. There are tours, routes and trails to suit every traveler, taste, and location from Tennessee to Virginia.
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. And what better way to get outside this year than to enjoy the fresh air of a mountain farm?
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.
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.