This mountain drive encircles Mount Rogers (elevation 5,729 feet) and Whitetop Mountain (elevation 5,570 feet), Virginia’s highest peaks. It passes from lush, wooded mountain streams along the Virginia Creeper Trail into the subalpine high country in Jefferson National Forest. Most of this 60-mile drive is within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, known for its hiking, camping, fishing, and scenic beauty. The drive encompasses the Mount Rogers Scenic Byway. Several side trips, such as the gravel summit road of Whitetop Mountain, take you into the heart of the high country. Most of the drive is over paved, but very curvy, two-lane roads with some steep grades. There are numerous campgrounds. The 115,000-acre Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in Jefferson National Forest surrounds some of Virginia’s finest mountain scenery, including Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, the state’s two highest peaks. Most of the drive is within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, which itself is part of the Jefferson National Forest.
Special attractions: The Virginia Creeper Trail, a loop through the subalpine high country around the two tallest mountains in Virginia, the open meadows of Grayson Highlands State Park, a drive to the top of Whitetop Mountain, outstanding views, mountain trout streams, hiking, fishing, camping, biking, and skiing.
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