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Virginia's Blue Ridge - Small Towns Map

Virginia's Blue Ridge - A Small Town Fall Tour

Get to know the many small towns that make up the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Follow along a free self-guided, gallery-style virtual tour to experience the charm, craft artisan trailsetters, and vibrant flavors that make each community in Virginia's Blue Ridge so worth visiting, especially this fall.


Franklin County

Rocky Mount - Franklin County, VA

Known as the Moonshine Capital of the World, Franklin County and its small towns of Boones Mill and Rocky Mount are rich with heritage, craft artisans, music and moonshine. Uncover the spirit of a town, and surrounding region, once known as the “wettest county in the world.”

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Small Town Hidden Gems - Grandin, Wasena, Vinton

Grandin Theatre - Roanoke, VA

Explore Roanoke’s hidden gem neighborhoods. These eclectic and vibrant small town communities are a myriad of colorful storefronts, female-owned businesses and a unique selection of farm-to-table flavors. Have your moment on the “star walk of fame” and maybe bump into a TV celebrity or two!

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Botetourt County

Fincastle Cafe - Botetourt County

Roam historic streets once walked by Thomas Jefferson and Lewis and Clark. Admire rich Appalachian craftworks then paddle the mighty Upper James River in the Town of Buchanan, a major port for trade and commerce before the railroad. These small towns are connected by hiking, mountain biking, and winery trails creating a journey you won’t want to miss.

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Salem

Salem VA

Known as Virginia’s Championship City, Salem is home to the Salem Red Sox baseball team and 19 NCAA teams at Roanoke College. It’s complemented by an impressive collection of craft breweries, local restaurants, antique shops and outdoor amenities. This town may be small but it’s packed with action. Enjoy the small town values and traditions that are still deeply rooted in VBR’s oldest settlement.

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Downtown Roanoke

City Market Building - Downtown Roanoke, VA

Downtown Roanoke is a historical treasure trove colliding with modern culture. As the largest Virginia city west of Richmond, Roanoke is an energetic business hub with tons of walkable experiences stemming from the Historic City Market Building and farmers market. Find a thriving arts scene sprouting from every corner, murals and street art, quaint boutiques and shops, and unique culinary twists on southern cuisine. 

Experience the charming small towns of Virginia's Blue Ridge.


Learn what makes VBR the perfect destination for a metro mountain adventure.


Check out this short YouTube video to get more familiar with the region!


Be a Trailsetter - Virginia's Blue Ridge