Claw of the Dragon

CLAW OF THE DRAGON

Featuring more than 200 miles of incredible scenery, Claw of the Dragon is one of the most popular bike rides in the South among motorcycle enthusiasts.

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CLAW OF THE DRAGON

Traversing Southwest Virginia’s captivating back roads and looping through the Blue Ridge Mountains, the trail’s epicenter is in picturesque Wytheville. With various loops snaking west into Marion and east into Galax, riders, who can easily jump on the route from Interstate 77 or 81, will experience stunning mountain views as the ride takes them into parts of seven Virginia counties.

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MOUNTAIN VIEWS

In Wytheville, riders can enjoy a number of intriguing roads within the historic community, as well as a number of remarkable sights. A trip to the top of Big Walker Mountain along the 16-mile scenic byway will definitely prove exciting and eye-opening as riders will no doubt feel they have been transported to a haven of incomparable outdoor beauty.

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MUST-SEE STOPS

Other must-see stops on Claw of the Dragon through Wytheville include Beagle Ridge Herb Farm, West Wind Winery, Fort Chiswell Animal Park and Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre. Riders will also want to check out Wytheville’s charming downtown, which is rich in history and features unique shopping, fascinating museums, and exceptional restaurants like the 1776 Log House Restaurant and Graze on Main, located in the historic and award-winning Bolling Wilson Hotel. A number of other lodging opportunities are also available, including the gorgeous Trinkle Mansion Bed and Breakfast.

5 Best Outdoor Adventure Destinations in Wytheville

5 OUTDOOR ADVENTURE DESTINATIONS IN WYTHEVILLE

You are going to have an unforgettable experience in Wytheville and we promise your trip won’t lack for adventure! Wytheville is fortunate to have a number of local, state, and national parks that offer wonderful outdoor experiences for everyone. Not surprisingly, there is also a wealth of camping, hiking, hunting, and picnicking opportunities.

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BIG WALKER MOUNTAIN

Wytheville offers many other incredible experiences, starting with a visit to the top of Big Walker Mountain. At an elevation of 3,405 feet, the lookout features an observation tower and a swinging bridge. The oldest and highest private scenic attraction in Virginia is the starting point of the Toland’s Raid Civil War trail that ends in Wytheville. Also of note: the lookout at the top of the mountain is a Virginia Birding trail and offers breathtakingly beautiful views.

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NEW RIVER

Outdoor recreational opportunities abound in the area which is home to the second oldest river in the world. The New River is a true recreation destination for outdoor enthusiasts who love spending time on or in the water. The dazzling river flows through spectacular mountain scenery and features some of the best fishing around, as well as whitewater rafting, canoeing, boating, camping and more.

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BEAGLE RIDGE HERB FARM

No outdoor excursion in Wytheville would be complete without a visit to Beagle Ridge Herb Farm. This 160-acre wooded retreat has more than four miles of nature trails, as well as display gardens and seasonal events. Relax in the gardens and enjoy a cup of herbal tea, learn about herbal crafts and natural lotions and creams or just take in the breathtaking views. You’ll also love Flying Flowers, the name given to the butterflies in the gardens. A walk-through butterfly house allows you to strolls among these gorgeous creatures before you enjoy some Butterfly tea and some delicious lunch.

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CRYSTAL SPRINGS RECREATION AREA

Just outside the town limits, you’ll find Crystal Springs Recreation Area, a scenic 1,800- acre area where you can truly get back to nature and camp, bike, hike or picnic. The trails offer a variety of lengths and difficulty, with farmland, forests, and a clear mountain stream serving as a picturesque background.

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SHOT TOWER STATE PARK

Historic Shot Tower State Park should also be on your bucket list. The 57-mile trail follows an abandoned railroad bed along the New River and features hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, tubing, kayaking, fishing, camping and picnicking. Visitors to the park can also ascend Shot Tower, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and was built more than 200 years ago.

Best Motorcycle Ride in Wytheville

THE BEST MOTORCYCLE

RIDE IN WYTHEVILLE

Featuring more than 200 miles of incredible scenery, Claw of the Dragon is one of the most popular bike rides in the South among motorcycle enthusiasts.

ScenicDrive

CLAW OF THE DRAGON

Traversing Southwest Virginia’s captivating back roads and looping through the Blue Ridge Mountains, the trail’s epicenter is in picturesque Wytheville. With various loops snaking west into Marion and east into Galax, riders, who can easily jump on the route from Interstate 77 or 81, will experience stunning mountain views as the ride takes them into parts of seven Virginia counties.

ScenicView

MOUNTAIN VIEWS

In Wytheville, riders can enjoy a number of intriguing roads within the historic community, as well as a number of remarkable sights. A trip to the top of Big Walker Mountain along the 16-mile scenic byway will definitely prove exciting and eye-opening as riders will no doubt feel they have been transported to a haven of incomparable outdoor beauty.

BigWalkerSelfie

MUST-SEE STOPS

Other must-see stops on Claw of the Dragon through Wytheville include Beagle Ridge Herb Farm, West Wind Winery, Fort Chiswell Animal Park and Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre. Riders will also want to check out Wytheville’s charming downtown, which is rich in history and features unique shopping, fascinating museums, and exceptional restaurants like the 1776 Log House Restaurant and Graze on Main, located in the historic and award-winning Bolling Wilson Hotel. A number of other lodging opportunities are also available, including the gorgeous Trinkle Mansion Bed and Breakfast.

Wytheville Romantic Getaways

Wytheville Romantic Getaways

Wytheville Romantic Getaways

With a historic boutique hotel and an award-winning luxury bed and breakfast, Wytheville is a premier destination for your romantic getaway.

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BOLING WILSON HOTEL

The Bolling Wilson Hotel is a unique upscale lodging experience in Downtown Wytheville, Virginia. Conveniently located just off Interstate 81, and Interstate 77, this award-winning boutique hotel is just steps away from Main Street.

The Bolling Wilson offers 30 luxurious guest rooms on 3 floors featuring a different décor theme on each floor, “Graze On Main” a vibrant restaurant with indoor and outdoor patio seating, “The Perch” a rooftop venue and event space for meetings, weddings, and social gatherings.

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TRINKLE MANSION BED & BREAKFAST

Wytheville is also home to the Trinkle Mansion Bed and Breakfast, a beautiful historic B&B. Built in 1912 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the Virginia Landmarks Register, it boasts four elegant guestrooms, plus a private garden cottage. While it radiates Southern charm, the B&B is comfortable, low key and welcoming.

Guests can indulge in delicious three-course breakfasts served fireside at a beautifully set table, complete with silver and crystal. Each guestroom has two queen-sized beds with private bathrooms, which have showers and original claw-foot tubs.