The second week of September there is an old-fashioned fair held in a field on the outskirts of Smithfield. It's a family affair featuring livestock, local crafts, amusements, rides and a variety of local foods. It's known for having the largest traveling mid-way. The kiddies will enjoy petting the baby animals. I enjoyed trying the hush puppies and crabcakes. Others enjoyed the barbeque they considered "the best".
Smithfield and the surrounding areas are steeped in history and saw much action during the Revolutionary War. Smithfield sits across from Jamestown which is worthy of another day's visit. Smithsfield has many monuments to see and a few antique stores I would like to have visited.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are the easternmost range of the Appalachian Mountains that extends from northern Georgia to North Carolina and into Virginia and West Virginia. Most Blue Ridge peaks are between 2,000 and 4,000 ft.. There is a plethora of parks to visit along these mountains and for complete information stop at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center which is located at- Parkway Milepost 115, (540) 427-5871. Open seasonally for detailed Parkway information. Or visit the website listed below.
The mountains are dotted with B & B’s and lodges, so lodging is never far away. There are miles and miles of nature walks, lakes, streams and beautiful vistas. Besides water activities, horseback riding is a favorite . A great introduction to the area is a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway which affords the most spectacular views of the mountains.
Built during the Depression, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the nation's longest rural parkway connecting Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina. The design of the parkway was an engineering stroke of genius for its time
This drive is ranked as "America's most scenic drive" by leading travel writers. The Blue Ridge Parkway leads travelers through the forested mountains passing several intriguing stops along the way.
Designed as a drive awhile - stop awhile recreational drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides both stunning scenery and close-up looks at the natural and cultural history of the southern Appalachian mountains along its 469 miles. It has turnouts at overlooks, picnic and camping facilities, trails, and wonderful cultural and natural areas.
For park information on for up-to-date gate closures and weather-related information see the phone number listed below.
This Natural Bridge is a Virginia Historic Landmark and considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It can be found in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley at the end of a beautiful walk through a canyon. It's a sacred site for the Monacan Indians who discovered it. George Washington actually surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and in 1774 Thomas Jefferson purchased the "rock" from George III to ensure it would be available to the public. Jefferson built a log cabin retreat here believing people would come to see this natural phenomenon. Today, there is a visitors center, a conference center and various arts and craft shops to browse as well as a wax museum with narrative while viewing the lifelike figures and historical scenes.
In the evenings at dark, symphonic music is played to colored lights spread across the arch and the Biblical story of the dawn of the world is told. Very inspirational.
Take 501 North past the Blue Ridge Parkway to Glasgow. Take 130 West to Natural Bridge (approximately 25 miles).
Visitors to Hampton Roads renting a car, take a drive through the longest bridge tunnel system in the world!! The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Bring some cash though, 'cause this 17.6 miles of subterranean fun can cost around $10 ... each way! Ohh .. make sure you have enough umm ... gas!! :)
Fort Story,this is the army base in Virgina and it is north of Virginia Beach.The place to go here if you want the sun and you can also drink on the beach as it is a military beach.I only went once and didn't drink but at least the option is there.
I love the beach but the tourist beach just wasn't for me.If you want a quiet beach you'll have to go past 1st street and over the bridge.Then take (I think) the 1st left if your coming from Va Beach and this will bring you into an very rich estate.Just head towards the beach from here.It's so beautiful,it's where all the surfers are and the water is much nicer too.You could also head the other direction to 66th street,this beach is beautiful at night.
Go to Sandbridge at the south end of Virginia Beach. It is a very quiet beach in a residential neighborhood.
It is beautiful!
I also recommend Cape Henry, You can tour the lighthouse and the shore is lit up at night for the ships. It is gorgeous.