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A Weekend in Virginia’s Blue Ridge


Find your next metro mountain adventure in Virginia’s Blue Ridge—America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital. We invite you to be a #Trailsetter and explore over 1,000 miles of trails, with incredible options for hiking, biking, paddling, and more. When you’re not conquering a trail, explore the charming small towns and vibrant downtown areas full of local flavors, history, and culture.

Cover photo: McAfee Knob—Appalachian Trail.Photo by Freddie Hodges, Visit VBR

Day One:


Begin your day with a hike along the Appalachian Trail. Virginia’s Blue Ridge is home to the Virginia Triple Crown, featuring three stunning summit views—Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs. Any of the trio would make for an epic hike to kick off your weekend.


Head to the City of Salem to chow down at a great local restaurant. A popular favorite with locals is Mac and Bob’s Restaurant, known for its massively delicious calzones. After lunch, stroll around Downtown Salem and check out the local shops, LOVEworks art, Salem Farmers Market, and beautiful Roanoke College campus.

Salem Red Sox. Photo by Jennifer Griffin, Visit VBR


Ready for Happy Hour? Salem is home of two great craft breweries—Parkway Brewing Company and Olde Salem Brewing Company. If they have a home game during your visit, spend a night at the ballpark and cheer on the Salem Red Sox. Book your accommodations at The Lofts at Downtown Salem for a relaxing stay in a boutique hotel.

Upper James River Water Trail —Botetourt County, photo by Star City SkyCams, Visit VBR

Day Two:


Get things started with a breakfast sandwich on a freshly-baked bagel at Donnie D’s Bagels and Deli in Botetourt County. Then, head north to Historic Fincastle, a walkable town that still features buildings and architecture from when it was established in 1770.


Experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the water with a float on the Upper James River Water Trail. Located in the Town of Buchanan, Twin River Outfitters is a great option for guided trips, rentals, and shuttle service.

Local Tip: With nearly 60 miles of trails, Carvins Cove is known as one of the best places for mountain biking on the East Coast.


Don’t let the weekend end without a visit to Downtown Roanoke. You’ll love the diversity of cuisine from local restaurants, including Middle Eastern, Peruvian, Indian, Japanese, and classic Southern fare. Following dinner, make your way up Mill Mountain to the iconic Roanoke Star for a selfie and a stunning view of the Roanoke Valley.

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