Burkes Garden Ramble

Tazewell, Virginia

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Deep in the heart of Appalachia, there lies a valley that is the highest, greenest, and, some say, prettiest in the entire state of Virginia. The valley is geologically unique in that it is completely surrounded by one mountain. Nicknamed “God’s Thumbprint,” it indeed looks as if a large thumb made this indentation on Garden Mountain. Burkes Garden, as this valley is known, is a remote, unspoiled, pastoral paradise that is home to fewer than 300 people. And, after seeing some of those 300 residents driving horse and buggies, Burkes Garden is my choice for Virginia’s best ramble. Terrain: Flat to gently rolling. Few hills on Route 625 will challenge beginners.
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by Jim Homerosky (Falcon Guides)

Deep in the heart of Appalachia, there lies a valley that is the highest, greenest, and, some say, prettiest in the entire state of Virginia. The valley is geologically unique in that it is completely surrounded by one mountain. Nicknamed “God’s Thumbprint,” it indeed looks as if a large thumb made this indentation on Garden Mountain.

Burkes Garden, as this valley is known, is a remote, unspoiled, pastoral paradise that is home to fewer than 300 people. And, after seeing some of those 300 residents driving horse and buggies, Burkes Garden is my choice for Virginia’s best ramble. Terrain: Flat to gently rolling. Few hills on Route 625 will challenge beginners.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Tazewell
Distance: 19
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round; best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce
Local Maps: DeLorme Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Burkes Garden Ramble

Recent Trail Reviews

7/2/2002
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I have biked this area many times. It has to be one of the prettiest valleys in the East. The elevation of the valley floor is about 3,000'. Mountains surround this valley, some as high as 4,700'. Easy ride through a very historic area.



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Apr 2018