A blog dedicated to the pursuit of all roads in the United States except Interstates
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wind Rock, Jefferson National Forest VA
You have to really love back roads to even know about this place. It's called Wind Rock, and it's deep in the Jefferson National Forest in Giles County, Virginia. Take US 460 west of Blacksburg almost to Pembroke. Turn right on VA secondary 613 and follow it all the way up to Mountain Lake Hotel, made famous by "Dirty Dancing." 613 turns left and quickly becomes a gravel road. Just before the road starts going down again, there's an open area to the left where you can park. Look for the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail and walk to the right of the road (trail-wise north). The rock is about a quarter of a mile up the AT, to your left. It's uphill, but the path is smooth.
Except for one house that probably isn't showing up on the photo, there is absolutely no sign of human habitation visible from Wind Rock. Nearly all of it is in the Jefferson National Forest.
A note on route numbers: Virginia secondary highways are numbered in the 600s and 700s. These numbers repeat themselves in each county, so if you see another Route 613, it isn't the same one unless you're still in Giles County.
I love to travel blue highways, or older roads off the Interstates. I'm retired and have plenty of time to pursue this. While traveling these roads, I fit in my other two passions: hiking and railroads. (you can't exactly stop on the Interstate to watch a train go by.) I try to take my drives as if I were still in the golden age of motor travel, like the family vacations of my youth. Whenever I travel, I attempt the recreate these sorts of trips as much as possible. I'm always on the lookout for artifacts from the time when car travel was much more relaxed: Stuckeys, Howard Johnsons, Hornes. I rarely drive more than 200 or 250 miles a day.
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