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New River Valley Byway

Stunning and varied scenery awaits travelers along this scenic byway. Stretching from the high country of Boone to Laurel Springs, the Byway follows State Roads 194 and 88 on what once was the “Old Buffalo Trail.” Along the way, visitors will see one of the oldest rivers in the world, ironically named the “New River,” and pass the largest concentration of Christmas tree farms in the country.

Length: 35 miles
Drive Time: 75 minutes
Note: The route is not recommended for recreational vehicles or buses.

For a detailed driving route and map, download the NC Department of Transportation’s Scenic Byways guide.

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