Meandering Scenic Byway Route 6 from RVA to Afton Mountain

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Why would anyone ever drive a straight route from Point A to Point B when there are roads to be explored? I-64 is a boring straight shot through the Virginia countryside and a track my husband and I have taken countless times over the years.

With that in mind, we decided to meander Route 6 to return to the Shenandoah Valley, picking up that Virginia Scenic Byway to follow the James River from Richmond to Afton Mountain. Along the way we passed farms and vineyards and small river towns on the partly overcast day. My husband reminisced about canoeing the James with friends in his younger years, taking a weekend to drift from Columbia to Powhatan.

Here are photos of our meandering drive back to the mountains….

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You don’t see many fire towers anymore.

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This colorful sign was on the outskirts of Scottsville.

DSCN3649 (2)Republican Tom Garrett’s yard signs were seen in Scottsville.

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DSCN3702 (2)This wall is a record of all the devastating floods that have hit Scottsville.

DSCN3705 (2)We found a gem on our trip in this outdoor museum in downtown Scottsville that described the importance of the James River in transporting goods and people from the Piedmont to the mountains. As a light rain fell, we walked around the exhibits and explored the flood wall that is now in place to help keep the James River away from this historic river town.

DSCN3651 (2)Easily the largest American flag in Scottsville.

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Downtown Scottsville and Tavern on the James. Next time we’re stopping at that renovated oasis along the river road.

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Scottsville

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Scottsville

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Scottsville

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Scottsville

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Rockbridge Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains

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Cheapest gas we saw all day on Rt. 151 in Rockfish Valley.

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Route 6 as it climbs Afton Mountain.

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Route 6 at Rt. 250. Turn right and return to RVA …

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… turn left up the mountain to Afton and the Shenandoah Valley.

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Afton Mountain. The Blue Ridge Parkway crosses over Route 250 at the point where it meets Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.

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Looking at the mountains in Shenandoah National Park while descending Afton on I-64.

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Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
July 6, 2016

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