Scenic Drives

Marty French Farm scene

Photo courtesy of Marty French

Slow down in Shenandoah County by trading Interstate I-81 for a scenic drive down U.S. Route 11, the Old Valley Pike.  Traveling Route 11 is best way to enjoy views of our fields and the charm of our towns with plenty of stops available for those looking for great local restaurants or places to stop and shop or browse antiques.

For a true road trip, travel one of our many designated Virginia Byways.  Routes 600, 675, 42, and 263 are some of the most beautiful routes in our county.

Download a map of scenic by-ways in Shenandoah County

 

Entire Shenandoah County

signal-knob-175Scenic Civil War Tour:  Start your trip at the Cedar Creek Battlefield and head south along Route 11 making a stop at the Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and Visitor Center.  Enjoy a picnic outside here or travel just a little further and enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants located in historic downtown Strasburg.   Continue down Route 11 and turn left onto Battlefield Rd to see the Fisher’s Hill Battlefield before traveling through Toms Brook and stopping at the Shenandoah County Park to view the Toms Brook Battlefield.   Continue south along Route 11 to New Market making stops at the Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse to view Civil War era graffiti, Edinburg Mill, Our Soldier’s Cemetery in Mount Jackson and the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market.

 

Northern Shenandoah County

Spring Blossoms Mountain Drive

Photo Courtesy of J.D. Clinedinst

Back Road Beauty:       Explore the rural landscape of the valley with a trek down Back Road which parallel’s I-81 and US 11 from Strasburg to Woodstock.   Take Route 55 west to Route 623 (Back Road) South.  Continue on Back Road to either County Route 600 or U.S. Route 42 North.  Both Rote 42 and 600 will connect you back to U.S. Route 11.    Looking for places to stop along the way?  Woodbine Farms is a great stop along US 55 for the freshest produce, fresh baked goods and other local products.  North Mountain Vineyard, Posey Thisisit Llama Farm and Country Gardens are all located within close proximity.  Or venture off Back Road a little to Cedar Creek Vineyard for some spectacular views of the valley below as you venture up Zepp Road.

 

Western Shenandoah County

Bayse & Bryce Delight:     Routes 42 and 263 will take you through winding mountain roads with great views to  Bryce Resort.   This is an excellent ride by motorcycle as well with many switchbacks as you approach Bryce Resort.    Enjoy the outdoors with a round of golf, swim in Lake Laura, or soar down the mountain on the zip line or mountain bike before making your way back to town.

Awesome Agriculture:  Begin by taking Stoney Creek Road west out of Edinburg.  Turn left onto Union Forge Church Road (Route 809).  At the fork, bear right onto Swover Creek Road.   Turn left onto Hamburg Road (Route 710) which will take you across Stoney Creek.   Make another left to return onto SGolden Wheat Field with mountain backgroundwover Creek Road.  Continue to Swover Creek Farms where you can pick your own berries or savor their fresh smoked sausages and other home made foods including baked goods.  Looking to satisfy those adult taste buds?  Why not sample their latest creation, berry-infused beers made from hops also grown on the farm.  Continue to J&L Green Farm for a visit to their farm store where you can purchase locally raised meat & eggs and fresh produce or take the time to tour the farm.  Swover Creek Farm will soon intersect Route 42.  Make a right to continue back to Woodstock and Interstate 81 or turn left to venture towards Basye where visitors can explore Deauville Farms on the weekends.   This former deer farm practices organic and sustainable farming techniques and sells fresh eggs and produce.

The Winery at Kindred Pointe Scenic View

Scenic View of the Winery at Kindred Pointe

Scenic Wine Loop:   Starting from Woodstock, take Route 42 south to Conicville.  Make a left  onto Conicville Road and bear left onto Cave Ridge Road.  Make another left onto Polk Road and left onto Hamburg Road to reach Wolf Gap Vineyards.   Continue to Cave Ridge Vineyards by way of Stout Road to Garlic Hollow to Conicville Road.   Make a right out of Cave Ridge and continue on Conicville Road to the Winery at Kindred Pointe where visitors can enjoy a picnic, explore the walking trails and even play a game of corn hole as they sip their wine .    Continue south again on Conicville Road until you reach South Middle Road.  Make a left onto South Middle Road and enjoy the rural landscape as you make your way towards Edinburg.  Turn right onto Stoney Creek Road and then left onto Ox Road to reach Shenandoah Vineyards, the oldest vineyard in Shenandoah County.   Continue north on Ox Road back to Woodstock.

 

 

Southern Shenandoah County

Snow Covered Meems Bottom Covered Bridge

Meems Bottom Covered Bridge Courtesy of DebImage Photography

Meems Bottom Bridge:     No scenic trip to Shenandoah County is complete without a drive through Meems Bottom Covered Bridge.  Located just off Route 11 between New Market and Mount Jackson on Wissler Road.   This 204 foot single-span Burr arch truss bridge covers the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

 

Southern Scenery:   Heading north along Route 11 from New Market, turn left Quicksburg Road.  Stop at Paughs Orchard for some fresh produce before continuing on to either South Middle Road or Route 42.  Either offer great scenic views of the county.  Route 42 will take you further west while South Middle Road heads north.  Both roads will intersect Route 263.  Make a right to head back to U.S. Route 11 in Mount Jackson.

Interested in viewing wild flowers along your drive?  Click here to view a bloom calendar.

Roll your windows down, slow down and enjoy the views.