Virginia's Blue Ridge - COVID-19 & Forward Virginia: Phase One

As it continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth of Virginia is now in Forward Virginia: Phase One of its response program. We've created a special page with more information about Phase One Guidelines and what it means for local businesses and experiences in Virginia's Blue Ridge. See the Guidelines >

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About Virginia's Blue Ridge

Roanoke in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains

Virginia's Blue Ridge - Virginia State MapVirginia’s Blue Ridge is made up of the City of Roanoke at its heart and surrounding communities within an hour radius, including the City of Salem, Botetourt County, Franklin County, and Roanoke County.

The region offers a refined, authentic, Metro Mountain adventure nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the Blue Ridge Parkway - America's Favorite Drive.

It’s a premier destination for outdoor recreation and is America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital, while offering over 1,000 miles of trails for adventure. 

Roanoke is the largest city along the Appalachian Trail and the region is home to the Virginia Triple Crown, showcasing three of the best hiking trails in the Commonwealth - Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs.

Tinker Cliffs Hiking Trail - Roanoke, Virginia 

You’ll find exceptional opportunities for paddling, fishing, and other water sports at spots like the Upper James River Water Trail, Roanoke River Blueway, and Smith Mountain Lake.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge also offers a wide variety of amenities, unique attractions, and a surprising diversity of cultural and culinary experiences.

It’s the perfect location to be a #Trailsetter. Which trail will you explore?

Check out the collection of craft breweries, wineries and distilleries that make up Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers Trail! Explore the art and history trails that introduce you to the rich creativity and heritage of the region.

Big Lick Brewing Company Patio - Roanoke VA 

Interested in learning about the origins of bluegrass and folk music? Franklin County is the gateway to The Crooked Road - Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.

There’s a trail for everyone in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and we invite you to come be a #Trailsetter!

The following pages offer some ways to help you get to know a little more about Virginia’s Blue Ridge in a fun way that you can share with others.

Roanoke Valley Spotlight