Mount Rogers Scenic Byway in the Blue Ridge Mountains Smyth County VA

Mount Rogers Scenic Byway

Over 60 miles of beautiful scenery, the federally designated Mount Rogers Scenic Byway traverses some of the most picture-worthy places in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. To access from I-81, take Exit 45 (Marion).

From this byway you can access the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail. There are several areas for picnicking and horseback riding available, and for a unique camping experience there are both modern and primitive campgrounds offered.

Mount Rogers Scenic Byway treats you to an incredible visual experience as it laces back and forth over whitewater streams and passes the southwest slopes of Whitetop Mountain. At the top of Whitetop, you can look to the north and view the geology created by sediment from ancient sea. Whitetop Mountain has some of the oldest exposed rocks on earth. Mt. Rogers, at 5,729 feet, is the highest point in Virginia and the focal point of the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area.

The route is divided in to two sections: Route 603 between Troutdale and Konnarock, and Route 58 between Volney and Damascus. The byway can be done as a loop, taking about 3 hours plus stops. View the official Forest Service map by clicking here.

For additional scenic drives, check out our blog post on The Best Motorcycle Rides in Southwest Virginia – not just for motorcycles!

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