Virginia Scenic Byways in Prince William County: A Little Something to Brag About
On December 7, the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board unanimously approved all Prince William roads proposed for Virginia Scenic Byway status, a first for our County.
Virginia's Scenic Byway program recognizes that scenic roads are key community assets. Scenic road corridors with historic, natural, recreational or other intrinsic qualities are eligible for designation as a Scenic Byway.
Virginia has more than 2,500 miles of Scenic Byways, including many miles in adjacent Fauquier County as well as Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. Prince William County currently has none.
The proposed Prince William County roads, listed below, have 11 nationally recognized historic sites and two state listed historic sites; mountain vistas; minimally visible development; and no detracting properties, billboards or trash. John Marshall Highway and Waterfall Road connect to other Virginia Byways and provide an attractive driving experience.
- Waterfall Road – Fauquier County line east to the intersection of Antioch Rd.
- Antioch Road – from the Route 601 intersection south to Route 55
- John Marshall Highway – from Route 681 to the Fauquier County line
- Aden Road – between Route 619 and Route 28
- Bristow Road – between Joplin Road (Route 619) and Route 28
- Joplin Road – between Bristow Road and 1-95
The Virginia Scenic Byway designation has no affect on land usage, does not limit road improvements, and roads are still eligible for federal scenic byway funds.
Virginia Scenic Byways showcase an area's unique qualities. They are a part of the Virginia Tourism promotional strategy to stimulate local economies and included in Virginia’s Map of Scenic Roads, Virginia Scenic Roads website, Virginia Outdoors Plan and DCR Scenic Byways website.
Protecting our scenic byways is an inexpensive and forward-looking way to highlight Prince William's unique assets, promote tourism, protect open space, and build a bright future for County residents.
Following four public meetings, the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors voted unanimously to endorse these Virginia Scenic Byways on December 8, 2015 and January 19, 2016. The Prince William County Comprehensive Plan supports efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the county as well as historical communities and sites.