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Virginia State Route 311 - Salem to New Castle

  • City of Salem, Roanoke County, Craig County, VA
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Virginia State Route 311 winds its way from the City of Salem through the mountains of Craig County for a wonderful drive in Virginia's Blue Ridge. A drive on Route 311 offers travelers the opportunity to see the wonderful views from Catawba Mountain, hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail at McAfee Knob, enjoy a delicious, Southern meal at The Homeplace, and discover the charm of Craig County.It's 22 miles between the City of Salem and the town of New Castle in Craig County but this stretch of road offers a number of great activities along the way. The easiest way to get to Virginia State Route 311 is by taking Exit 140 from Interstate 81.