July 5, 2023 Things to Do
Culpeper sits squarely amid some of the most beautiful views in Virginia. And while there are many ways to experience them—on foot, by kayak and more—one of the most accessible to all is the abundance of scenic drives around the region.
Relax in the Rolling Hills of the Piedmont
From Culpeper, you can pretty much set off in any direction and enjoy a comfortable drive through farmland and the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont region. Set off on the Germanna Highway to see the Rappahannock countryside or travel down the James Madison Highway toward Orange—but the best way to experience the scenery is to set off down a side road. With over 60 wineries within 60 miles, there are endless scenic roads to explore. For those heading north, check the Virginia Wine Northern Virginia map here; for those heading south, check the Virginia Wine Central Virginia map here. Be sure to call ahead so they have your curb-side order waiting!
Drive Along the Sky
Running 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive provides stunning views of Shenandoah National Park year-round. The drive is the only public road through the park and is open 24/7 unless there is inclement weather. The nearest entrance to Shenandoah and Skyline Drive is the Thornton Gap entrance at Route 211, about a half hour from downtown Culpeper. With a speed limit of 35 and nearly 70 overlooks to stop at, Skyline Drive is the perfect way to spend a leisurely day with the windows down, meandering along the curves of the Blue Ridge. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife that may cross the drive—just don’t feed them.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway is a scenic drive that crosses Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Crossing 180 miles from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, the byway tracks through historic sites from the Revolutionary War and Civil War including battle sites, museums, state parks, presidential homes, historical towns and more. Culpeper sits directly in the middle of the Virginia section of the Hallowed Ground path, between Remington and Orange, making it easy to take an afternoon to visit one or two nearby sites, or even spend a long weekend tracking the entire path. Visit hallowedground.org for ideas and itineraries to fit your interest.