Roscoe Willis' Store - Backroads Tour
By Bob Heafner © 1985-2012
Issue: May 1985
Roscoe Willis's Store at mile 37.3. Click on photo to see larger image.This month our BACKROADS tour will begin and end at the junction of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Route 8 at Tuggles Gap, Virginia (Parkway Milepost 165.2). We will travel a total of 61.7 miles and will need to allot between two and three hours for the entire drive.
Rolling meadows and sparkling trout streams, along with panoramic views are just a few of the highlights of this month's tour. A leisurely afternoon, a camera and a picnic lunch to be enjoyed along the way will combine to make this drive a perfect way to enjoy the Blue Ridge at its best.
BACKROADS tours always make a complete loop back to the point where we started. The underlined numbers at the beginning of each paragraph indicate the total number of miles we've traveled from our point of beginning. The numbers in parenthesis ( ) indicate the distance from the last point of interest that we passed.
00.0 (0.0) Traveling north on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we will begin counting our mileage at the Blue Ridge Parkway overpass crossing Virginia Route 8. This junction is located between Parkway Mile Posts 165 and 166.
00.1 (0.1) Turn left off of the Parkway (if you're heading north) onto the exit ramp leading to Route 8.