31 January, 2009

Eagle Rock, Virginia is My World Today





Though not a native Virginian I have embraced the Commonwealth and its history in the seven years I have lived here. I continue to explore the byways of this beautiful area and enjoy sharing my adventures with all of you.

Eagle Rock is an unincorporated community within the confines of Botetourt County and is located approximately 18 miles up US 220 North from my home. The area is also known as: Breckenridge, Eagle Mountain, Eaglerock, Rat Hole and Sheets to locals.

Eagle Rock is known for several things among those being the last lock of the James River and Kanawha Canal and the kilns for making lime. When approaching Eagle Rock northbound on US 220, one descends a long steep hill. This is locally known as Quarry Hill, and the old quarries are still visible on either side of US 220. Limestone was transported across the river via a tram system and then burned in the kilns to make lime.

The Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers converge in northern Botetourt County to form Virginia's greatest river, the James River. These headwaters, called the Upper James, provide some of the finest canoeing and freshwater fishing available in Virginia. A 16-mile (26 km) stretch of the James River between Eagle Rock and Springwood is the only part of the James River that has been designated a Virginia Scenic River.

The James is renowned for its smallmouth fishing, and the 45-mile (72 km) stretch that winds its way through Botetourt is becoming one of the most popular muskie sections of water in the state. The river also offers excellent rock bass, bream and catfish fishing.

Be sure to stop on by MY WORLD where oodles of people from all over the world share pictures and information about their worlds. It's a great place to visit!

22 comments:

MedaM said...

Interesting and informative post with beautiful photos that look like postcards! Really beautiful and creative!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Now that's someplace I have yet to visit... really need to get the Hubster out of the house to ride along... looks like a place he would enjoy...

Thanks for the pics!
Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Janie said...

I especially like the railroad track shot and the last one of the icicles. Sounds like a wonderful place ot visit.

antigoni said...

Great photos, excellent post.

Tranquility said...

Beautiful winter photos! I love how you turned them into polaroids!

ewok1993 said...

I am a transplant myself and just like you I continue to explore it and share it on MY World.

Enjoy your week. And oh yeah, the polaroids tweaking is so cool. Been meaning to do that for some time now.

fishing guy said...

Erin: Wonderful post with a neat view of your icey area of your world.

Guy D said...

Stunning photography to say the least. That first one of the tracks is perfect.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of your beautiful winter world.

Michele said...

I really really like how you post this whole post together. This is awesome.. such beautiful work! Very impressive!!!

Mountain Retreat

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

I love what you did with your pictures, like polaroids! What an interesting and beautiful place and all that ice!

Skies said...

Oh I love that road photo. I usually love road photos :)
The icicles somehow looks like the stalactites I've posted for today. Thanks for visiting me.

Happy blogging.

Swarna said...

Lovely picture postcard pics, with a flourishing signature! Glad you too that road!
Wishing you peace, from India

Ishtar said...

I love those details shot, beautiful!
Thanks for sharing!
Esther

koala said...

I love that rail photo. Looks so much like it could be taken anywhere.

Indrani said...

That first shot... there is some magic in that shot...the road and the rail track turning away in to different directions. Loved the series of shots from your world.

Grammy said...

I enjoyed all your photos and how you posted the to the side. I love rock and Ice too.

mountain.mama said...

I'm rarely homesick for Virginia, especially in winter, but I can get that way looking at your beautiful pictures.

Kerri said...

Lovely shots!! That 2nd one is my favorite!!!

Kathiesbirds said...

I like that you showed us the overview and then the little details. Nicely done.

Susie of Arabia said...

Awesome photos - I love the tilt too - looks like a real photo album.

Dewdrop said...

I'm cold just looking at those shots! Gorgeous, but brrrr...