Appalachian Backroads – Panther’s Breath

This 76-mile backroads route takes you through Natural Tunnel State Park, the Jefferson National Forest to the Trail of the Lonesome Pine – Virginia’s Official Outdoor Drama. Along the way, you’ll wind through some of the most impressive valleys and their expansive views.

For details, turn-by-turn directions, downloadable GPX files, a list of lodging, dining and attractions along the way, and to order a free Appalachian Backroads Map showing off 14 of the best scenic backroads of Appalachia, visit And to plan ahead of your visit, click on our interactive trip planner app to plot your stops along the way!

Appalachian Backroads Panther's Breath Route Map

Start at Natural Tunnel State Park, Duffield, VA 24244


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