What to Explore in 2024

Brimming with must-see museum exhibits, road trip-worthy music performances  and adventurous outings, Patrick County, Virginia offers something for every bucket list. 

Whether you have resolved to see more, learn more, move more, or simply indulge more, Patrick County, Virginia is your destination to explore more in 2024.

Take in Arts and Culture

Made famous by the book The Man Who Moved A Mountain by Richard C. Davids, Patrick County is home to two of the five beautiful Rock Churches in the area. Mayberry Presbyterian Church (1925) and Slate Mountain Presbyterian Church (1932), both in Meadows of Dan, were built by Rev. Robert Childress from the stone of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Race fans should make the Virginia Motorsports Museum And Hall Of Fame a must-see stop this year. See how moonshine was made and hear the fascinating story of how this business lead directly to the birth of NASCAR racing. Home to the famous Wood Brothers Racing Team, their museum sits adjacent to this Hall of Fame.

Every Friday night in the beautiful community of Ararat visitors can experience a unique piece of The Crooked Road. The Willis Gap Community Center hosts an open jam for anyone who plays, sings, or wants to listen. Whether you’re local or just passing through, the community jam is a perfect place to stop to get a taste of The Crooked Road.

Try the View from the Top

If you are looking for somewhere to sit and relax and take in a beautiful view stop by Angel Overlook and see the magnificent views of the mountains. Angel Overlook is located near many of Patrick County’s most famous attractions such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Primland, Laurel Hill, Doe Run Farm.

Lover’s Leap offers one of Patrick County’s most stunning views alongside one of its most intriguing legends.

Winding road through green trees

Live Life in the Fast Lane

The 10 mile loop of Squirrel Spur packs enough twists, turns and drops to top every motorcyclist’s bucket list. A casual drive will give you a glimpse into the rural countryside with cow pastures, tobacco fields and pumpkin patches. For most riders, the view will be a blur of color as you ride through a thrilling series of turns, switchbacks, steep climbs and sharp drops. 

Possibly the most famous stretch of the Jagged Edge, Bootlegger’s Run packs more than 100 curves into its 30-mile drive between the towns of Floyd and Ferrum, passing through Woolwine along the way. This run gets its name because it goes through the heart of one of Appalachia’s most notorious moonshine trails. If this unique piece of American history is not enough, the ride boasts some of the Blue Ridge Mountains’ most spectacular views.

Enjoy the Finer Side of Life

Since 1999, the Stanley family has owned and operated a 16-acre vineyard in rural, scenic Patrick County. Stanburn Winery offers twelve wines including Vidal Blanc (dry) Chardonnay (dry), Traminette (dry), Highfly (semi-sweet blend), Bull’s Blush (semi-sweet blend), Cabernet Franc (dry),Cabernet Franc Reserve (dry) Chambourcin (dry), Big A Red (dry, red blend), Barbera (dry), Poorhouse (sweet red), and Meadow Breeze (sweet white).

Reflecting Primland’s connection with nature, Elements offers fine dining in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Elements lives up to its name with fire flickering inside a glassed-in floating wall, earth in the glowing wooden floors, air beneath lofty ceilings, and water depicted in original artworks.