Fall Foliage Driving Tour

Bath and Warren Counties

Recommended Routes

Bath County:

The Bath County Driving Tour begins in Lexington. At Exit 191 on Interstate 81 near Lexington, follow Interstate 64 to Route 39. This tour begins as you enter Rt. 39.

Follow Rt. 39 through Millboro Springs. At Rt. 629, stay on Rt. 39 to Warm Springs or follow Clifton Forge tour below.

To go Clifton Forge:

  • Turn left onto Rt. 629 and travel to Clifton Forge. At Clifton Forge, follow Rt. 220 South to Roanoke to complete this tour.

Approaching Warm Springs, two scenic tours are available:

  • Follow Rt. 39 to Rt. 603 (a gravel road), and take Rt. 603 to Lake Moomaw. Rt. 603 becomes Rt. 600 (paved). Take Rt. 600 to Rt. 39, and turn right to return to Warm Springs. (If you stay on Rt. 600, you can follow Rt. 84 and then Rt. 640 to Hightown in Highland County, and take their driving tour).
  • Take Rt. 220 North to Monterey in Highland County.

Warren County:

The Warren County Driving Tour begins from Interstate 66 at Exit 6 to Front Royal/Winchester. Driving time: approximately 1 - 1.5 hours, depending on speed and traffic.

  • Begin from Interstate 66 and take Exit 6 to Front Royal/Winchester.

    • Turn onto Rt. 340/522 south towards Front Royal. As you enter Front Royal, you will be able to see a vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains and cross over two bridges– first over the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, then the South Fork.

    • After the second bridge, use the middle lane at the traffic light to turn left onto 14th Street and continue following Rt. 340 south.

    • Passing through Front Royal, there are many opportunities for fuel, drinks/food and sightseeing as well as the Front Royal/Warren County Visitors Center at 414 East Main Street.

    • Once you have gone past the entrance to Shenandoah National Park, turn left at the traffic light onto Browntown Road. This winding, forested road will take you along the base of Skyline Drive and will offer opportunities to see the mountains from within the valley as you make your way to the area of Browntown.

    • After 7.5 miles, you will enter what is known as Browntown, with Gooney Run flowing adjacent to the road. This tucked-away community of Warren County has small churches, a community center and the O.J. Rudacille General Store, which has been serving the community since 1884.

    • Turn right onto Bentonville Road, crossing over a one-lane bridge, and the general store will be on your left. Follow Bentonville Road for 6 miles until you reach Rt. 340 in Bentonville.

    • Once you turn right onto Rt. 340 north to head back into Front Royal, there are options for fuel, drinks and food.

    • After 1 mile, Shenandoah River State Park will be on your left. The park has a short 1.5-mile drive down to the Shenandoah River and has an overlook along the way featuring a view the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is an entrance fee.

    • Continuing north on Rt. 340, you will gain access to Interstate 66.