Length: 10.6 mi / 17.0 km
Time to Allow: Allow 30-45 minutes.
This gravel roadway follows the original alignment of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike from the top of Allegheny Mountain down the mountainside to Bartow. Winding through dense forests, past abandoned homesteads and rolling meadows, the traveler is treated to breathtaking views of distant valleys and high-mountain ridges. The Civil War Confederate Camp Allegheny sits at the top of the mountain along with the dramatic remains of the fortifications on the facing knoll. At the bottom of the drive down the mountain, watch for the earthworks of the Confederate Camp Bartow, most visible on the hill between the backway and the main highway. The private house on the bottom intersection is Traveller's Repose, a famous 19th-century inn on the Turnpike.
Driving the Byway
The backway is located in western West Virginia, and follows County Road 3 from Bartow to the Virginia border.