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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Sweet Mountain Laurel Loop

Description

The sites on this loop are located on or near the southern portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. The scenery is breath-taking, and each of these sites offers an unusual glimpse into the beauty of the Blue Ridge. Please be aware that while the Parkway may be closed during winter months, during the rest of the year, this area will overwhelm you with its natural beauty. This loop provides a nice amalgam of private and public lands, outdoor recreation, wineries, and bed-and-breakfasts. The drive from site to site is almost as amazing as the sites themselves; the Blue Ridge Parkway offers spectacular vistas, with overlooks stationed every few miles. Many of these sites, such as Mabry Mill and Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve, also have rich historical backgrounds. Colorful historical accounts of this area can be found in Richard David's "The Man Who Moved a Mountain." Be sure to stop and sample the local flavor during your visit.

Loop Map

Services

Blue Ridge Travel Association
276.619.5003
info@virginiablueridge.com

Floyd County Chamber of Commerce
540.745.4407
chamber@swva.net

Franklin County Commerce and Leisure Services
5404839292 x24
info@franklincounty.org

Montgomery Regional Tourism Office
540.394.2120
bleakleyts@montgomerycountyva.gov

New River Valley Visitors Alliance
540.763.2196
jamisonr@swva.net

Patrick County Chamber of Commerce
276.694.6012
pchamber@sitestar.net

Patrick County Tourism Division
276.694.8367
econ@co.patrick.va.us

The Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail Program recommends checking the following Web sites for lodging, restaurants and other service providers:

Virginia Accomodations Virginia Green