State Route 231 & State Route 670

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SR 231 is a scenic foothills route, following the Blue Ridge Turnpike along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Madison and Sperryville via Banco and Etlan. A spur route is Virginia Secondary 670 (Old Blue Ridge Turnpike), which serves Criglersville, Syria and Graves Mountain.
U.S. 29 Virginia Route 231 North
After the SR 230-231 intersection, this mileage sign provides the distance to Madison, Culpeper, and Washington, D.C. En route, U.S. 29 will also pass through Remington, Warrenton, Fairfax, and Arlington County. Notably, no SR 231 destinations are listed on this sign (such as Sperryville or Skyline Drive). 06/02/04
A left turn is required to continue north along SR 231 and follow Business U.S. 29 into Madison. SR 231 continues north through Madison to Sperryville, then connects to U.S. 211 west to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. 05/30/05
Use Business U.S. 29/SR 231 north to reach Madison and Sperryville. U.S. 29 continues northeast toward Culpeper, Warrenton, Fairfax, and Arlington County. 06/02/04
Now reaching the turnoff for Madison, SR 231 and Business U.S. 29 head northwest into the town, while U.S. 29 bypasses the town to the east. U.S. 29 continues northeast from here to Culpeper and Warrenton before entering the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C. 06/02/04
U.S. 29 Business Virginia Route 231 North
Northbound Business U.S. 29 and SR 231 jointly enter the town of Madison. 06/05/04
Virginia Route 231 North
Now separated from Business U.S. 29, SR 231 passes through some rolling hills and river valleys between Madison and Banco. Along the way from Madison, SR 231 intersects SR 653 southeast and SR 645 northwest. 06/05/04
SR 231 crosses the Robinson River at this bridge. 06/05/04
The White Oak Run passes under SR 231 at this bridge. Like other smaller rivers in Virginia, it is referred to as a "Run" rather than "River." 06/05/04
A major intersection along SR 231 north of Madison is with SR 670 near Banco, which follows the Old Blue Ridge Turnpike west to the White Oak Canyon Trail (Via SR 600). 06/05/04
In addition, SR 670 serves Criglersville, Syria, and Graves Mountain. 06/05/04
After the SR 670 intersection, this mileage sign advises that Sperryville is 12 miles north of here. 06/05/04
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SR 231 earns its spot as a Virginia Scenic Byway as the sun emerges briefly on an otherwise cloudy day. 06/05/04
Northbound SR 231 reaches an intersection with SR 643 in Etlan. 06/05/04
After passing through Etlan, SR 231 reaches an intersection with SR 602/Hughes River Road. The highway passes over the Hughes River and then crosses into Rappahannock County. 06/05/04
SR 231 leaves Madison County and enters Rappahannock County. The county seat is Washington, which is located off U.S. 211-522 northeast of Sperryville. 06/05/04
SR 231 reaches its northern terminus at its junction with U.S. 522, a major north-south highway that connects Culpeper with Sperryville and Front Royal. 06/05/04
A right turn follows U.S. 522 south to Culpeper, Mineral, Cuckoo, Gum Spring, Goochland, and Powhatan. A left turn follows U.S. 522 north to U.S. 211 and Sperryville. 06/05/04
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The scenic route of SR 231 comes to an end at its intersection with U.S. 522. There is no "END SR 231" shield assembly. 06/05/04
U.S. 522/Taylor Highway north also provides access to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive via U.S. 211/Lee Highway west. 06/05/04
Virginia Route 670 South
Eastbound SR 670 (Old Blue Ridge Turnpike) ends at Virginia Route 231 northwest of Madison. 06/05/04
Virginia Route 670 North
SR 670 is Old Blue Ridge Turnpike. 06/05/04
Between the SR 231 turn off and Syria, SR 670 passes through the small town of Criglersville, which is home to a brick elementary school, a few small stores, and several houses. Pastures and farmland surround the area. 06/05/04
SR 670 east enters Syria, the last stop before the highway ends. A convenience store and nursery are located to the north of SR 670, while Graves Mountain Lodge sits on a hill to the south. SR 643 (Weakley Hollow Road) leads from town to the White Oak Canyon Trail within Shenandoah National Park. In the first weekend after Memorial Day, Graves Mountain Lodge opens up several of its pastures for camping and a bluegrass music festival. The festival lasts for three days, and camping is allowed for the entire week. 06/05/04
Westbound SR 670 (Old Blue Ridge Turnpike) intersects SR 643, which connects to SR 600 en route to White Oak Canyon Trail. 06/05/04

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06/02/04, 06/05/04, 05/30/05 by AARoads

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Page Updated 07-10-2004.

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