Patrick County, Virginia

Patrick County’s topography uniquely positions the area as a premier destination for breathtaking views atop the Blue Ridge Mountains. See endless miles of the beautiful Virginia and North Carolina landscapes, including notable skyline landmarks such as Pilot Mountain (“Mount Pilot” in the Andy Griffith Show), Rocky Knob, Buffalo Mountain, and many more.

Medium Activity

1 day | 9 stops

Day 1

STOP 1: Levering Orchard

Levering Orchard in Ararat, VA is a 3rd-generation, family-owned orchard celebrating its 112th year in 2020! Visitors to Levering Orchard are treated to pick-your-own cherries, peaches, pears, and apples in a gorgeous mountain setting. In the beautiful "Orchard Gap" section of Ararat and close to the Blue Ridge Parkway on the Carroll/Patrick county line, this higher altitude

Fall apple season at Levering lasts from September through mid-November. They provide you with buckets and ladders and send you into their expansive orchard to experience picking the fruit right off of the tree yourself. You can call 276-755-3593 for up-to-date information on available apple varieties. In the Summer, you can also visit the Cherry Orchard Theatre on the property that hosts outdoor plays and music with a Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop. Most of the plays performed were written in conjunction with orchard owner Frank Levering and feature stories that are local to the area. You can check their website for an updated theater schedule.

STOP 2: Laurel Hill Trail & Overlook

J.E.B. Stuart told his brother in 1863 "I would give anything to make a pilgrimage to the old place, and when the war is over quietly spend the rest of my days there." J.E.B Stuart never returned to his birthplace and boyhood home, but thanks to a group of local citizens you today can visit the site where one of the greatest soldiers to sit upon a horse learned to ride. The seventy-five acre site is open to the public dawn to dusk for self-guided walking tours of the property including paved trails, historical monuments, and an overlook viewing the surrounding mountains and the Ararat River. Annually a Civil War Encampment and Living History event is held the first weekend in October, that includes battle scenes, period fashion show, Civil War sutlers, period music entertainment, food vendors, blacksmithing, local crafters, historical society information, authentic Civil War church services on Sunday and much more.

STOP 3: Boyd's Restaurant

This family owned, country-style diner serves it's community a delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert for a great price in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Grab a table or booth and enjoy!

STOP 4: Angel Overlook

Angel Overlook is located on notoriously curvy Squirrel Spur Road between the mountain communities of Ararat and Meadows of Dan, Virginia. At 2,083 ft above sea level, this is the perfect place to pause your backroads cruise for a picnic lunch and enjoy the views of the neighboring North Carolina skyline. From here, you can easily see Pilot Mountain, or "Mount Pilot" as it was called on The Andy Griffith Show. This overlook gets its name from the Angel family who donated the land for travelers to enjoy in 2009. You can find travel and area information at the information kiosk located right beside the overlook.

STOP 5: Overlooks of the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway is littered with numerous roadside mountain overlooks. In Patrick County, you can find the Rocky Knob Overlook, The Rock Castle Gorge Overlook, and The Saddle Overlook that all offer breathtaking views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and Valleys.

STOP 6: Jane's Country Café

Family cafe located in Meadows of Dan Village next to Poor Farmer's Market, just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Milepost 177.7. Friendly faces serving up delicious country-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with home-made desserts to finish, all at great prices!

STOP 7: Fred Clifton Park

At an elevation of 2930 feet, Fred Clifton Park provides multiple breathtaking views of the northern Blue Ridge Mountains and Valley of Patrick County. A beautiful, densely wooded area surrounds the picnic and parking areas. Lovers Leap Scenic Overlook is located adjacent to the park.

Remember: Don't feed the bears!

STOP 8: Lover's Leap Scenic Overlook

Adjacent to Fred Clifton Park is the regionally famous Lover's Leap Scenic Overlook. This expansive road-side overlook is steeped in local lore. In the 1600's, Native Americans inhabited the Blue Ridge Mountains. Colonists started arriving and began clearing land to farm. Conflict arose between the Native Americans and the colonists. Legend has it that the son of a colonist saw the twinkle in the eyes of the Chief's daughter, Morning Flower, and was immediately love-struck. The couple began to meet secretly and their love continued to grow. The young man and maiden were threatened and shunned. With the beautiful rock and wildflowers as their backdrop, they jumped into the wild blue yonder ensuring they would be together forever. As you gaze out at Lover’s Leap, you can still see the evidence of their love in the beautiful view and hear them whisper in the cool evening breezes.

STOP 9: Longfin Grill

Longfin Grill is located in the historic Cockram Mill complex in the beautiful Meadows of Dan. Longfin specializes in fresh seafood dishes and Caribbean BBQ. The fresh seafood is brought in from Morehead City weekly, utilizing day boats, and commercial local fisherman to bring you what’s in season and fresh off the boat. Chef Richard Perry spent part of his culinary career in the tropics and loves the flavors of the Caribbean islands, smoking meats with Jamaican Jerk rubs and Cuban Mojo marinades: marinades to smoke pork, chicken, seafood, and even grilled vegetables. Enjoy dining out on the back deck overlooking the Dan River.