Central Virginia

From the state capital at Richmond, the Piedmont rolls away to the Blue Ridge. Undulating highways connect historic railroad towns that sprang up to handle the great harvest of the land. Today their commerce is the visitor in search of a quiet weekend getaway or a historical pilgrimage to revered Civil War sites.

Thrill-seekers ride the only urban Class IV rapids in the nation through downtown Richmond or waterski on Smith Mountain Lake. A hike up the Peaks of Otter offers a crowning view of Virginia's famous mountain landscape.

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Paddling
James River Whitewater

Hiking
Belle Isle: Island in the Stream
Peaks of Otter: Just steps off the Blue Ridge Parkway

Towns
Bedford: At the Edge of the Blue Ridge
Richmond: Virginia's Fair Capital

Stay
Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville
Wintergreen: Mountaintop Spa and Playground

Hiking Peaks of Otter