Racing, Scenic Drives, & Motorcycles
Whether you're into auto racing or just love a beautiful drive with mountain curves, Grayson County has it! Take a scenic drive in your car or on your motorcycle. Compete for prize money at the track! We have a variety of paved and dirt roads for you to explore! Stop by our Visitor Center for a free map! It's all right here!
Elk Creek Dragway
Located in the heart of the Elk Creek Valley, Elk Creek Dragway has been racer owned and operated for 20 years and hosted Original Gear Jammers for 30 years. Every weekend during the season, enjoy Jr. Dragsters, Heads-Up, Killer Street, or Motorcycle Races. 711 Victory Lane, Elk Creek, VAfirstname.lastname@example.org/ 276-4551
Fox Creek Leather
Fox Creek Leather makes the finest motorcycle leathers right here in Independence, VA. Most come with a lifetime guarantee on both materials and workmanship. This small family-owned company takes pride in producing the best merchandise here in the USA! 1-800 email@example.com/ 2029 Elk Creek Parkway, Independence, VA Shop on-line or in the showroom!
Wildlife Birding Trail
Maintained by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, many wildlife/birding viewing areas exist here in Grayson County. Visit the website for an interactive map which tells which animals may be seen at each point. Grayson County is home of the Mountain Music Loop and much of the Mt. Rogers Loop. Drive to each location to find a scenic overlook or nature trail where wildlife viewing is ideal!
Mt. Rogers Scenic Byway
Mt. Rogers Scenic Byway is a 60 mile trip which takes approximately 3 hours to drive and has two parts leading right through the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area. Using this route you can access the Appalachian National Scenic Trail as well as the Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail. Along the way are opportunities for picnicking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, and more. You will see beautiful rushing whitewater and the oldest mountains in the US. You can drive to the top of Whitetop Mountain and see some of the oldest sediment on earth.
The Crooked Road
The Crooked Road is a 300 mile route passing through 19 counties, 4 cities, and 54 towns in Southwest Virginia. It begins in Rocky Mount and ends at Breaks Interstate Park on the Virginia and Kentucky border. Along the route you will experience first hand how music is woven into the tapestry of tradition in Southwest Virginia. In Grayson County there is one major venue from the Crooked Road that we share with neighboring Carroll County -- The Blue Ridge Music Center. In addition Grayson County hosts 5 affiliated venues and 4 wayside exhibits. June is an especially good time to travel The Crooked Road during the Mountains of Music Homecoming -- a 9 day region wide celebration of all the communities in Southwest Virginia.
Take a Break from the Interstate
The 21 Road Market is every last weekend in July (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Starting in Harmony, North Carolina, passing through Wilkes, Alleghany, Grayson, and Wythe Counties, the road market ends in Wytheville, Virginia. Along the route you'll pass 8 State or National Parks, have the opportunity to dine in local eateries, taste craft beer and local wines, shop in quaint antique stores, and visit local artisans. During this 3 Day Road Market, vendors, merchants, individuals, and local businesses set up for 100 miles along scenic route 21. Take a break from the interstate and enjoy a leisurely drive on Highway 21!
The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Parkway stretches for 469 miles along the Appalachian Highlands. Many varieties of plants and animals are protected along its route. Along the way you'll find opportunities for hiking, biking, picnicking, concerts, camping and more. Visit a visitor center for maps, information, and touring tips. Grayson County boasts a claim to the Blue Ridge Music Center, one of the finest concert venues in the Appalachians!
Virginia State Route 94
Virginia Route 94 begins in Grayson County and stretches nearly 30 miles to Wytheville, Virginia. Much of the route is known as Ivanhoe Road. A beautiful section of the road parallels the New River outside of Fries. Take this leisurely route to enjoy the beautiful scenery, remote landscapes, and wildlife sightings. Pass by Cripple Creek in Wythe County, and enjoy small towns like Fries and Independence along the way. Short detours will take you to larger towns like Wytheville and Galax. Get off the beaten path!
Whitetop Mountain Road
Whitetop Mountain, soaring to 5,520 feet, is the highest peak in Virginia accessible by vehicle. It is an approximate 1.6 mile drive to the top of Whitetop Mountain following switchback curves along a rugged dirt road. You will pass through a variety of habitats including eastern and northern woodlands, grasslands, bald mountains, and birch and spruce forests. Wildlife abound in this desolate area, and the bird watching is spectacular. Overlooks provide vistas into North Carolina and Tennessee. Use caution when traveling especially in winter.