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Appalachian Backroads "Scenic Drives Through Russell County, VA"

Through the backwoods of southwest Virginia, you can find adventure for cruisers of all kinds.

Looking for the thrill of the switchbacks, going for a Sunday afternoon cruise, or looking to get lost? Hop on these routes anywhere in southwest Virginia, and enjoy the cruise while experiencing the hidden treasures along the way.

1. Ridge Runner Route

This Route runs through multiple areas of southwest Virginia including the beautiful Town of Honaker - The Redbud Capital of the World. The Ridge Runner takes you on along us Route 80, known as the Great 80 Curves of Challenge.

Route 80 is a part of the Bicentennial 76 TransAmerica Bike Route which begins in Oregon, traversing the entire country to finish in Yorktown, Virginia. The Virginia segment of the Trail has more total elevation gain than any other state, reaching 3,706 feet at its summit near Big A Mountain.


While every season offers spectacular scenery in Southwestern Virginia, the rides are especially enchanting in mid-April when the roads are lined with Redbuds or in June when the thick rhododendrons are in bloom.

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2. Heartbreaker Route

Running through the Heart of Appalachia the heartbreaker route twists and turns you through the beautiful scenery of SWVA. taking you through adorable towns of communities such as St. Paul, Cleveland, Lebanon, & Dante.

The Town of St. Paul is the perfect place for your outdoor adventurers. Located right along the Clinch River there are historic hiking trails, outdoor outfitters, and plenty of mouthwatering dining options.

3. Gargoyle Route

Running through your classic small towns like the Town of Honaker, Virginia through the beautiful scenic Virginia Scenic Byway along US Highway 80. Make time to stop and take in all the beauty only found in our neck of the woods.

Follow the twists & Turns along the valley and through the Appalachian Mountains.

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