The beautiful region we call Virginia's Blue Ridge stretches from the Shenandoah Valley to the New River District in the Western portion of Virginia. Entering the region from the North, you will find yourself in Botetourt County, one of Virginia's most scenic and historically significant counties. Botetourt County is filled with rolling hills, miles of hiking trails including the Appalachian Trail, scenic rivers and streams, historic towns and beautiful countryside all within majestic mountain backdrops. Botetourt borders the Blue Ridge Parkway and is home to the Headwaters of the mighty James River. The combination of rivers, mountains, scenic countryside and historic towns creates a vacation experience that is second to none. It's easy to drink in the beauty that will surround your every move in the County. One of Virginia's oldest counties is one of its newest delights. Botetourt County has a rich legacy of exploration. Lewis and Clark roamed the streets of downtown Fincastle prior to being commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the Louisiana Purchase. After completing his epic journey, William Clark returned to marry a local girl and reside in Fincastle. And the great migration route used by early American settlers crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains weaves through the county. Present day Botetourt still offers lots of opportunities for discovery. A leisurely stroll through one of the Downtowns of Botetourt will reveal the history, charm and hospitality of life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway or other scenic byways in the county and you'll discover why people choose to call this home. Grab a bike, lace up your hiking boots or slip on your lifejacket for an outdoor adventure on one of our many trails of waterways.