The rolling hills of Augusta County are bucolic, calling one and all to drive or ride along on a sunny day. Four favorite Virginia scenic drives roll through Augusta County.
From Vesuvius to Grottoes, Route 608 ushers drivers and motorcyclists past farms and into communities like Stuarts Draft where The Cheese Shop and Milmont Greenhouses are a regional draw. Farther north along the route in New Hope, the Battle of Piedmont was waged on June 5, 1864. Nearly 2,400 lives were lost that day and more than 1,000 Confederate soldiers were captured by General David Hunter.
From Goshen to Bridgewater, Route 42 meanders along the Little Calfpasture River and through the small communities of Craigsville, Buffalo Gap, and Churchville. “Mom and Pop” establishments dot the route. Seek out Sarah’s Burgers and Shakes for a meal and sweet treat, then once you’ve driven through Churchville and are back on 42, watch for Route 731 to Mt. Solon. Shift your course in that direction to arrive at Natural Chimneys Regional Park, home of our favorite geological feature and Red Wing Roots Music Festival.
Pushing westward from Churchville to Monterey, Route 250 is known as the Virginia Valley & Mountains corridor for the Virginia Civil War Trails. The drive climbs through the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest and leads to some of the area’s best hikes. Take a breakfast, lunch or dinner break at White’s Wayside, a restaurant with a history dating back to 1929 and serving famous WhiteWay bread.
From downtown Staunton, Route 252 leads south to the historic village of Middlebrook where a stop at the 1800s Middlebrook General Store is an absolute must. It’s a great place to get a snack or quick lunch. Travel east on Route 670 and follow the road right as it turns into Route 662. From that point, look for Route 673 to visit Springdale Water Gardens, a water garden nursery offering demonstrations and water features and more.
Continue on to Greenville to pick up Route 11 north, also referred to as The Great Wagon Road on The Wilderness Road, Virginia’s Heritage Migration Route. Route 340 will then lead you to Edelweiss German Restaurant waiting to serve you a delicious meal honoring the German heritage that also helped to inspire the Shenandoah Beerwerks trail. Feel free to continue on to Waynesboro and enjoy some craft beer to end your drive at Seven Arrows Brewing or Stable Craft Brewing.