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Tour of Botetourt County

Small Towns of Historic Fincastle, Buchanan, Troutville

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.

Hay Rock Hiking Trail - Roanoke

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.

Tinker Mountain View

The small towns of Fincastle, Buchanan, and Troutville are connected by hiking, mountain biking, and winery trails, creating a journey you won’t forget. 

Historic Fincastle

1772 Rooftop - Historic Fincastle

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.

Botetourt History Museum 

Enjoy the many local art galleries along Main Street and find handcrafted Appalachian craftworks made using traditional techniques passed down through generations.

Coppersmith - Botetourt County 

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.

Pie Lady & 1772 Rooftop on Main - Fincastle, VA 

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.

Thornfield Farm - Greens

Sunlight illuminates Blue Ridge Mountains' fall color through the clouds. A gravel road and farm sits in the foreground. 

Sip and sample award-winning wine at Blue Ridge Vineyard or Virginia Mountain Vineyards, two secluded scenic wineries in Botetourt.

Blue Ridge Vineyard - Botetourt County

Virginia Mountain Vineyards - Botetourt County 

Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

Fall Purgatory Mountain Virginia 

Hop off the Blue Ridge Parkway and head into Buchanan, Botetourt’s next small town. 

Town of Buchanan

Main Street - Buchanan, VA

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. 

Buchanan, Virginia

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 Swinging Bridge

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.

Upper James River Water Trail - Blue Ridge Mountains

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. 

Kayaks - Twin River Outfitters

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.

James River Kayaking 

The Frame Shop & Gallery | Buchanan Fountain and Grill | Buchanan Swinging Bridge | Twin River Outfitters

Signature Annual Events

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!

Jeter Farm Fall Festival - Botetourt County 

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.

Beaver Dam Farm Sunflower Festival - Botetourt County 

Town of Troutville

Troutville, VA - Botetourt County

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. 

For a truly unique souvenir to remember your visit, stop by the Apple Barn II and Kelly’s Real Deals Antiques.

Apple Barn II - Botetourt County


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.

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Snap a pic of the LOVEwork at the Troutville Town Park.