Patrick County, VA

One of the best parts of travel is sharing photos with your friends. The perfect duck-face pic in front of a waterfall. The over-the-shoulder selfie stick shot to capture an amazing sunset with your smiling mug. That’s all here and waiting for you in Patrick County. So, pack up your camera and prepare to blow up your social pages. Now that is something you can like right now.


Medium Activity

2 days | 15 stops

Day 1

STOP 1: Mabry's Mill Restaurant

Ever Pancake with a pancake that was more than a pancake? You will. Welcome to Mabry Mill. Originally built in 1910, the historic water-powered grist mill, sawmill, and nearby blacksmith shop provide you with a view of pioneer life along the Parkway. It also serves up some mighty fine breakfast. You can order up egg plates with country ham or biscuits smothered in sausage gravy. And, yes, pancakes. Original or buckwheat with fresh maple syrup. Take a pic before you dig in. Otherwise you may be left with a shot of an empty plate.

STOP 2: Jack Creek Covered Bridge

An insta-worthy scene is what you’ll find at Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge. This romantic spot will take you back to a simpler time, where life moved a bit slower. Maybe it's the taken-care-of feeling you get as you cross over a bridge in a rainstorm. Maybe it’s the fact you know this photo is going to cause instant jealousy and get 1000 likes. Built in 1914, this 48-foot, oak-constructed covered bridge is the perfect spot for your next envy-inducing social post. Smile!

STOP 3: Little Mountain Falls

A picture is worth a few thousand steps, right? Little Mountain Falls Trail is a 4.3-mile loop trail located inside Fairy Stone State Park. You’ll be rewarded with a lake view and a waterfall for your photo shoot on this serene, moderate hike. Dip your toes in the chilly mountain waters, and watch for salamanders and crayfish, or hey, take a selfie with them if you’re quick on the click.

STOP 4: Leonardo’s Pizzeria & Bistro

Head to Leonardo's for lunch and fall in love with this quaint, family-owned pizzeria with a Greek flair. Omar and Sadie serve up gyros, pizzas, calzones, salads, wraps, and desserts. Snap a selfie with a salami. Grab a portrait with a pepperoni. Update your profile pic with a photo of you eating a slice of pizza no sane person would attempt to eat alone. Good times. Melted Cheese. The perfect recipe for a great photo.

STOP 5: Downtown Murals

Strangely enough, your next social post will come from our Post Office. Inside you can snap a selfie with our historic New Deal Post Office Mural titled "Receiving The Mail On The Farm," part of the Appalachian Mural Trail. It was commissioned by the US Department of Treasury in 1942 and painted by artist John E. Costigan, whose other works are found in the Smithsonian. From there, walk down the street and you can pose in front of the “Greeting from Patrick County” mural on the side of the Visitors Center. Be sure to pop inside to say hello or grab a group photo with us. We’re friendly like that!

STOP 6: Villa Applachia

Pull up to Villa Appalaccia and do a double-take at the Italian style villa and killer view. Swirl, sip, and smile at their 8-wine tasting or buy a bottle and enjoy it out on the beautiful grounds. Try the Lirico if you like white wines with a hint of grapefruit, or Sangiovese which no doubt will go great with your next pasta dish. Don’t leave Buddy and Fido at home for this one, kids and leashed pets are welcome and might enjoy stopping by the Rocky Knob Recreation Area located next door.

STOP 7: Elements

Dress in your “resort best” and prepare to have trouble deciding what to order. The menu at Elements will tempt you with starters --like fried quail with whipped honey and bread and butter pickles. And bewitch you with mains --like pan roasted grouper over glazed red lentils, beech mushrooms with a ramp beurre blanc. Hopefully your dinner partner likes to share bites so you can try more than one.

Day 2

STOP 8: Jane’s Country Cafe

Come hungry for a real Southern breakfast at Jane’s Country Cafe. Like rockers on a fern-lined porch, this is true Southern. Walk through the doors of this cheerful family cafe and check out their breakfast plate menu where you can get eggs any style with a big ol’ slice of country ham, or just about any breakfast meat you fancy. The biscuits and sandwiches never disappoint, and the 6” stack of buttermilk pancakes is a fluffy, sweet treat. Grab a stack of napkins, you’ll need ‘em.

STOP 9: Fairy Stone State Park

Do you believe in fairies? Find proof of pixies at Fairy Stone State Park where the pink cross-shaped staurolite crystals can be found for those who believe (and look near tree roots). Legend has it that the fairy stones are tears from our tiny friends that crystallized into beautiful pink crosses and bricks. They are said to protect those who carry them from illness, bad luck, and even a witch’s curse. Happy hunting at this park, it’s one of the few places in the world you can find these rare tokens.

STOP 10: Nature Freaks

Ready for a selfie with a survivor snack? Worms are on the menu at Nature Freaks, an environmental/outdoor education organization based in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains. Take a hike or hand-on learning class at Nature Freaks Acres where you can learn about trees, mammals, wilderness survival, and wild edible plants and (GULP) insects. Bring your own hot sauce, it may make the wiggly snacks go down a bit easier.

STOP 11: Nancy’s Candy Company

Life is a series of awkward and humiliating moments separated by candy binges. That's why life has led you to Nancy’s Candy Company. Fudge. Truffles. Handmade candy. Sample and purchase your favorites in its adorable retail storefront. While inside on a weekday, look through the large windows into the factory to watch the candy being made. Just outside, there’s a Love Sign perfect for a photo shoot / awkward family photo style moment with your travel gang.

STOP 12: Wood Brothers Racing Museum

Just 30 minutes from Martinsville Speedway is a racing museum where you can get up close to racing history and its cars. One of the most successful and long-standing racing teams in NASCAR history--the Wood Brothers--originated in Patrick County. Walk through the history of NASCAR since the 1950s, and check out some truly amazing machines at this museum. Take your foot of the gas as you round the corners in this museum. There’s lots to see.

STOP 13: Lover’s Leap

A spectacular sunset selfie awaits at Lover’s Leap Scenic Overlook. The beautiful rocks and wildflowers you see were also the last sights seen by young lovers in the 1600s. Local legend says that the son of a colonist and Morning Flower, the Native American daughter of the chief, were love-struck. After being threatened and shunned, the pair jumped into the wild blue yonder ensuring they would be together forever. Leave the leaping to the legend. Take a lover’s selfie instead.

STOP 14: Drinks at Pickle & Ash

Craft cocktails may need their own frame for this stop. Try the charred old fashioned, smoked pineapple and jalapeno mezcal margarita. Or order up a strawberry Kentucky mule. These are just a few of the creative spirits you’ll find at Pickle & Ash. The bar and restaurant work with local providers and showcase regional art and music. So sit back with a good drink and enjoy the sounds of bluegrass where bluegrass was invented. We’re pretty sure one or both will keep your spirits high.

STOP 15: 19th Pub

Munch on Pig Candy (aka thick cut bacon coated with maple syrup and cayenne) as you take in the views from the outdoor patio. Located in the Primland Resort, the 19th Pub offers up pretty scenery, camaraderie, and some damn fine food. We suggest you try the tuna tacos as your main event, though you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Daily Happy Hour features select moonshine cocktails, which harken back to the region’s rich bootlegging history.