Beginning at Warrenton, this 55-mile drive takes you past the rolling hills of the Piedmont horse country to imposing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. The drive then winds through the foothills of the Blue Ridge with constant views of the ridgeline through several picturesque small towns. The drive ends at the outskirts of Charlottesville. On this 55-mile drive you cross rolling Piedmont country with distant views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The countryside alternates between hardwood forest and open fields of cattle and hay. Gradually you approach the mountains, and then drive along the base of the Blue Ridge for 30 miles along a state scenic road with many spectacular views.
Optional side trips allow you to visit a town surveyed by George Washington, a mountain scarred by landslides, a mansion and plantation that belonged to James Madison, and the remains of a mansion designed by Thomas Jefferson. Special attractions: Rolling hills of Piedmont area, extended scenic vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including Old Rag and the F.T. Valley. Side trips to historic Washington, Virginia, landslides from 1995 floods, Montpelier, and the Barboursville Ruins. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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