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Set your sights on the Heart of Appalachia

In the rugged mountains along the Heart of Appalachia are more than 1,500 thrill-inducing miles of heart-pounding excitement.

Whether you prefer to get your kicks on two wheels or four, our Appalachian Backroads will satisfy your adventurous spirit with 14 vetted routes that wind and twist from the valleys to the ridges. When you’re ready to ride, our backroads are where you’ll find challenging roads and some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere.

From our premiere route – the Back of the Dragon – to the Woodbooger, you’ll discover technical rides and a wealth of unique adventures, music and entertainment, shopping, and dining.

Need help planning your visit? Go to or use the QR code below to request your FREE map. Plus, download or request our FREE travel guide for trip ideas, itineraries, hometown favorites, and more. (Ed. Note: Site includes GPX downloads for your convenience.)

About the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority:

The Appalachian Mountains are home to the most unique recreational and cultural experiences in the Southeast. Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority is dedicated to sharing this authentic destination, highlighting the wealth of natural beauty, traditional mountain music and historical attractions, and one-of-a-kind experiences that can only be found in Virginia’s Great Southwest. Stimulating economic growth and inspiring sustainable environmental and community development, Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority is committed to serving the Commonwealth’s westernmost counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise and the City of Norton.