Byways, Barns, and Barbeque

The scenic roads and byways of Southwest Virginia are filled with beautiful four season natural beauty and dramatic farm landscape, as well as some unique eateries, shopping and lodging. Enjoy a ride on the Big Walker Scenic Mountain Byway to the Big Walker Lookout and Country Store to see a bird's eye view of the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains. Ride the Virginia byway to the Burkes Garden, Virginia's highest valley and largest rural historic district, where century old farmsteads dot the agricultural landscape and beautiful scenery are abundant. Enjoy a meal at the famous Cuz's Uptown Barbeque, where you will literally eat in a barn, filled with eclectic art and memorabilia. Spend an evening at one of the area's bed and breakfasts or cabins, and enjoy day two with a ride on the Virginia Coal Heritage Trail to visit Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park, the Pocahontas Exhibition Mine, and the Coal Miners Memorial. Shop for local crafts and artwork at the nearby Appalachian Arts Center.