Adventures on the back roads of Swoope

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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Purple and white wild flowers that grow prolifically on the roadsides throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Here are a few of the sights of Swoope in western Augusta County earlier this week.

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The age-old question of why does the black snake cross the road … but on this particular day, the first significant sunshine we had in a while after days of rain, I think this little fella was soaking in the warmth from the pavement. He raised his head and looked at me when I stopped to take his picture.


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The railroad tracks are heading straight for Buffalo Gap and the Appalachian Mountains.


Swoope Road (Rt. 876) is closed for road repairs with a detour through the one-lane gravel Waldrop Road (Rt. 860).

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
May 24, 2016

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2 thoughts on “Adventures on the back roads of Swoope

  1. Calvin Lucy says:

    Isn’t the James River near Swoope? It seems I recall hauling a bunch of Boy Scouts and a trailer full of canoes to Swoope to put in for the long trip to the Methodist camp ground place just west of Richmond. YLSF

    • The James River is south of here near Roanoke so this wouldn’t have been the place you remember. There’s the Maury River west of here in Goshen with the Boy Scout Camp, and then there’s the Boy Scout Camp in southwestern Augusta County but it’s not on the river.

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