The Crooked Road | Folk Music's Heritage Highway

In any direction you ride, you may hear the twangy hints of Virginia’s famous folk music gliding right beside you. Smack dab in Floyd, Virginia is the heart of the bluegrass scene and starting point of the famous Crooked Road. This 330 mile long road-tripping route connects the region’s major musical venues that many folk and country musicians traversed for decades. Musicians such as Johnny Cash, June Carter, and even Lou Reed, Dolly Parton…and well just about everyone used this route to hit about every venue they could during their careers. All along the scenic route you’ll find ample opportunities to experience this heritage for yourself firsthand as musicians cram into the venues to play in respect to the heritage of the area. The best spot to kick off at would be in our very own Floyd County Music store just a few minutes from camp.

Grab an ice cream, listen to some folk, and check out their country lunch.

Grab an ice cream, listen to some folk, and check out their country lunch.

No trip to the Blue Ridge Stake Out would be complete without stopping into town and visiting the Floyd Country Store. This is renowned as a place to experience authentic Appalachian music, and is home to a group of musicians, flatfoot dancers, and cloggers who are carrying on the tradition of their families who’d pass the time playing music and dancing together. Everywhere they could these folks would gather with their friends and families from their front porch to the neighbor’s kitchen.

The Floyd Country Store is a real country store that is over 100 years old. You can’t miss the barrels of old-fashioned candy at the front of the store. If you explore further you can find everything from hand-dipped ice cream to hard-wearing bib overalls, and a great collection of hard-to-find old-time and bluegrass CDs and music accessories. Their menu features good, homemade country food and their ice cream counter stays busy serving up shakes, sundaes and cones.

Follow the signs….

Follow the signs….

“The music is all. People should die for it. People are dying for everything else, why not the music.” — Lou Reed

“The music is all. People should die for it. People are dying for everything else, why not the music.” — Lou Reed

“If you talk bad about country music, it's like saying bad things about my momma. Them's fightin' words” Dolly Parton

“If you talk bad about country music, it's like saying bad things about my momma. Them's fightin' words” Dolly Parton

“You've got to know your limitations. I don't know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way” Johnny Cash

“You've got to know your limitations. I don't know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way” Johnny Cash