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Monday, October 19, 2009

Hidden Shangri-La in Southwestern Virginia

Burke's Garden is not a place you'd stumble on by accident. It's a beautiful, isolated agricultural valley 3000 feet above sea level. The closest other town is Tazewell VA. There is one road, VA secondary 623, that accesses the area. Coming from the south, it can be harrowing. Above, see the road you're standing on as it winds down the mountain.

Burke's Garden is flat but ringed by mountains on all sides. Below are three scenes on the valley floor.

The easiest way to reach Burke's Garden is from Virginia Route 61. About five miles from the town of Tazewell, turn south on secondary 623. This road bisects the valley, becomes a gravel road, and winds over Garden Mountain to end at Virginia 42.

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