Botetourt County

Entering Virginia's Blue Ridge 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.

Check out the various pages showcased below to learn more about the unique experiences you can find in Botetourt County in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Botetourt County, founded in 1770, is historically unique. It was initially formed from Augusta County and derived its name from Lord Botetourt, who was the Governor of Virginia.

After the Revolutionary War, the county's jurisdiction was extended to the Mississippi River, encompassing what is now West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and part of Illinois and Wisconsin.

In Botetourt County you can retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark as they set out on their remarkable journey across the American continent. Present-day Botetourt still offers lots of opportunities for discovery.

A leisurely stroll through the Downtowns of Fincastle, Troutville, Buchanan, and Daleville 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 life jacket for an outdoor adventure on one of our many trails or waterways. 

Botetourt borders the Blue Ridge Parkway and is home to the headwaters of the mighty James River. It's also part of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. 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.

History of Botetourt

Statistics & General Info

Botetourt County LogoPopulation: 33,596 (as of 2020 Census)

Towns: Buchanan, Fincastle, Troutville

Unincorporated Communities: Eagle Rock, Blue Ridge, Cloverdale, Springwood, Oriskany, Daleville, Lithia, Arcadia, Glen Wilton, Nace

Surrounding Counties: Craig County, Roanoke County, Alleghany County, Rockbridge County, Bedford County

Founded: 1770 

Education: 7 Public Elementary Schools, 2 Public Middle Schools, 2 Public High Schools - Lord Botetourt High School & James River High School

District: 6th Congressional District

Type of Government: County Administrator & Elected Board of Supervisors

County Seat: Fincastle 

Land Area: 546 square miles

Header photo via Sam Dean Photography in Botetourt County
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BOCO Parks & Recreation

16 East Main Street, Box 4
Fincastle, VA 24090
(540) 928-2130 (540) 928-2130

Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce

23 South Roanoke Street
Fincastle, VA 24090
(540) 566-8812 (540) 566-8812

County of Botetourt

57 S Center Drive
Daleville, VA 24083
(540) 928-2008 (540) 928-2008

Town of Buchanan

19753 Main Street
Buchanan, VA 24066
(540) 254-1212 (540) 254-1212

Town of Fincastle

25 Bank Square
Fincastle, VA 24090
(540) 473-2200 (540) 473-2200

Town of Troutville

5419 Lee Highway
Troutville, VA 24175
(540) 992-4401 (540) 992-4401

Upper James River Water Trail

640 Lowe Street
Buchanan, VA 24066
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