October 25, 2010
Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Bill Lohmann
Photos By Bob Brown | Times-Dispatch Staff

Goshen Pass, Va. — GOSHEN PASS On the long drive home to New Hampshire, Bill Clarke wasn’t making very good time when we found him sitting on a rock at the edge of the Maury River.

Pad in hand, oils and brushes spread around him, Clarke was painting a scene already as pretty as a picture.

“This is beautiful, just beautiful,” said Clarke, a cabinetmaker by trade and a painter by hobby who was on vacation with wife, Lucy. “No tools, no sawdust, no noise.”

Goshen Pass — and much of this part of Virginia, for that matter — will have that sort of soothing effect on you. The narrow, 3.7-mile gorge cuts a ruggedly exquisite passageway through the Allegheny Mountains about 15 miles northwest of Lexington. It is only the most striking section on a road, state Route 39, as scenic as any in Virginia…. read more.

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