Scenic Drives

Marty French Farm scene

Photo courtesy of Marty French

Slow down while traveling through Shenandoah County.  Exit bustling Interstate I-81 for a scenic drive along U.S. Route 11, the Old Valley Pike.  Traveling Route 11 is best way to enjoy picturesque views of our mountains, forests, farms, pastures and historic sites.   Savor the charm of our small towns, with plenty of  great local shops, restaurants and antique marts.

For a truly memorable road trip, travel one of our many designated Virginia Byways.  Routes 600, 675, 42, and 263 provide some of the most beautiful scenery 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 to Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and Visitor Center in Strasburg.  Enjoy an outside picnic here or travel just a little further for a delicious meal in one of the many restaurants located in historic downtown Strasburg.   Continue south on  Route 11 and turn right onto Battlefield Rd to see the Fisher’s Hill Battlefield.  Next, travel through Toms Brook along Route 11 and stop at the Shenandoah County Park to view a portion of the Toms Brook Battlefield.   Continue south along Route 11 making stops at the Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse  in Woodstock to view Civil War era graffiti, the historic 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 drive along Back Road which parallels I-81 and US 11 from Strasburg to Woodstock.   Begin by taking 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 Routes 42 and 600 reconnect to U.S. Route 11.    Attractions near Back Road include  Woodbine Farms along U.S. 55 is a great stop along US 55 for fresh produce, baked goods and other local products.  North Mountain Vineyard, Posey Thisisit Llama Farm and Country Gardens are all located within close proximity to Back Road as well.  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

Awesome Agriculture:  Begin by taking Stoney Creek Road west from Edinburg.  Turn left onto Wakeman’s  Grove Road.    At the fork, bear right onto Swover Creek Road.   Continue to J&L Green Farm and visit their farm store where you can purchase locally raised meat and eggs or take the time to tour the farm.  Just next door is Swover Creek Farms where you can pick your own berries or savor their fresh smoked sausages and other home-made foods and baked goods.  Looking to satisfy those adult taste buds?  Why not sample their latest creation, berry-infused beers made from hops grown on the farm. Turn right out of Swover Creek Farms.  Swover Creek Road 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.

Bayse & Bryce Delight:     Routes 42 and 263 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 the 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 park.

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.   From here, make a right out of the driveway and continue on Conicville Road to the Winery at Kindred Pointe in Mount Jackson where visitors can enjoy a picnic, explore the walking trails and even play a game of corn hole as you sip wine .    Continue south again on Conicville Road until you reach South Middle Road.  Turn left onto South Middle Road and enjoy the rural landscape on 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 sits astride the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.  It is the longest covered bridge in Virginia and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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.  Each roadway offers outstanding scenic views of the county.  Route 42 takes you further west, while South Middle Road heads north.  Both roads 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.

Slow down, roll down your windows, and enjoy a colorful panorama and a variety of fragrances and views.