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The Mount Rogers Scenic Byway is in two sections. The first begins at Troutdale, and goes west for 13 miles mostly in Smyth County. You will traverse the heart of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area with scenic, open, rural countryside characteristics. The residents of these small communities actually wave to you as you pass by. The second section leads you 32 miles east from Damascus to Volney, Virginia. This section follows U.S. Route 58 in both Washington and Grayson Counties. This route offers the easiest access to the "High Country" of the National Recreation Area. Much of the Byway laces back and forth across white water streams. Because of its curves and winding character, it is not suitable for vehicles longer than 35 feet. On this Byway, you will pass the southwest slopes of Whitetop Mountain, the second highest peak in Virginia, 5,570 feet. On top of the mountain without moving from one spot, you can look to the north and view the geology created by sediment laid down in ancient seas and by turning around 180 degrees, you can see a landscape created by volcanos.

Elevation: 3,950 Feet

Elevation Gain: 350 Feet

Directions: From Damascus or Troutdale, VA, Two Sections: Travel Rt. 603 west out of Troutdale. Or travel east out of Damascus on Rt. 58 to Volney, Virginia.

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