Discover the charm, history and scenic beauty of the Town of Buchanan.
Botetourt County is made up of miles of scenic hiking trails including the Appalachian Trail, unspoiled rivers and streams, beautiful countryside, and historic small towns, all set against majestic mountain backdrops.
Established in 1770, Botetourt (pronounced “Bot – a – tot”) County celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2020. At one point during its long history, Botetourt County included the land that is now West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and part of Illinois and Wisconsin. It’s not quite that large today, but there’s still plenty to discover in this history-filled, mountain playground.
Indulge in a self-guided historic walking tour and roam age-old streets once walked by Thomas Jefferson and Lewis & Clark. More than 50 structures in Fincastle date back to the 18th century, so these famous explorers might have admired the very same buildings you’ll see on your tour!
Spend a day at the Botetourt County Historical Society & Museum, which preserves the rich history of a county that once stretched to the Mississippi River.
Enjoy the many local art galleries along Main Street and find handcrafted Appalachian craftworks made using traditional techniques passed down through generations.
Botetourt County is rich with agriculture, offering plenty of ways to enjoy fresh produce. Find bold, fresh flavors at 1772 Rooftop on Main and recipes sure to impress by the Pie Lady at The Pie Shoppe & Fincastle Cafe, a sweet and savory local pie & coffee shop.
Explore further to unearth local produce that makes its way onto menus across the region and beyond. Thornfield Farm provides local produce and meats to popular Roanoke restaurants such as River & Rail and Pop’s Ice Cream & Soda Bar, as well as farmers markets across Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
The iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, known as ‘America’s Favorite Drive,’ weaves together the small towns of Virginia’s Blue Ridge with stunning mountain views for miles and miles.
Hop off the Blue Ridge Parkway and head into Buchanan, Botetourt’s next small town.
In the 18th century, Buchanan was a bustling commerce hub. Today, it offers a quiet destination for antiquing, local art, and scenic adventure on the iconic river that passes through the town.
Step back in time and learn about Buchanan’s history on a local walking tour. Visit over 30 stops in town on this historic trail. You’ll need some fuel for all that walking, so stop in the Buchanan Soda Fountain and Grill, an authentic 1940’s soda shop, for a pre-tour sandwich or post-tour treat.
The Buchanan Swinging Bridge is the most recognized structure in town. This walkable attraction was built as early as 1834 and is the only bridge of its kind along the entire James River. Speaking of the James River…
Buchanan is home to one of Botetourt’s most treasured outdoor amenities: the Upper James River Water Trail. Canoe and kayak enthusiasts will love all the opportunities for multi-day paddling, fishing and camping trips, or daytime floats perfect for any level of adventure.
Head to Twin River Outfitters for your paddling adventure needs. Easily rent gear, glamping tents and campsites, and book shuttle service your thrilling whitewater trip, lazy day float, or multi-day escape.
The portion of the mighty James River in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is an official Virginia Designated Scenic River. Paddle along miles of pristine, undeveloped shoreline and exciting Class I and II rapids while admiring stunning Blue Ridge Mountain views.
Many local farms such as Jeter Farm turn into fall-favorite destinations when the weather gets cooler. Enjoy seasonal events, such as the Jeter Farm Fall Festival and Old Tyme Christmas, as well as year-round produce!
The spectacular Beaver Dam Farm Sunflower Festival takes place in Buchanan every September. Enjoy farm-to-table dinners, local vendors, goat yoga, and other events amongst thousands of stunning sunflowers.
Hiking and biking enthusiasts won’t want to miss Troutville. This tiny town is both a designated Appalachian Trail Town and a part of the TransAmerica Bicycle Route 76. These two famous trails wind through the heart of Troutville and along U.S. Route 11, bringing visitors from all across the country.
Be a #Trailsetter and find all kinds of unique adventures and places to explore in Botetourt County in Virginia's Blue Ridge! The following pages feature additional resources and information to help you plan your next visit.