Virginia State Route 56

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State Route 56

Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length60.87 mi[1] (97.96 km)
Virginia Byway
Major junctions
West end US 11 / SR 851 at Steeles Tavern
Major intersections US 29 in Lovingston
East end US 60 at Alcoma
CountryUnited States
CountiesAugusta, Rockbridge, Nelson, Buckingham
Highway system
SR 55 SR 57

State Route 56 (SR 56) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. The state highway runs 60.87 miles (97.96 km) from U.S. Route 11 (US 11) at Steeles Tavern east to US 60 near Buckingham. SR 56 is the main east–west highway of Nelson County. The state highway connects the county seat of Lovingston with Buckingham to the east and the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley to the west.

Route description

View west along SR 56 west of SR 151 near Roseland

SR 56 begins at an intersection with US 11 (Lee Highway) at Steeles Tavern a short distance east of the historic Cyrus McCormick Farm. The junction is just north of the AugustaRockbridge county line. SR 56 heads southeast into Rockbridge County as Tye River Turnpike, which enters George Washington National Forest and passes under Norfolk Southern Railway's Roanoke District at the village of Vesuvius. The state highway follows Little Marys Creek along its winding ascent of the Blue Ridge Mountains. SR 56 intersects the Blue Ridge Parkway at Tye River Gap, where the highway enters Nelson County and becomes Crabtree Falls Highway. The state highway descends through Montebello and follows the South Fork of the Tye River past Crabtree Falls to Nash, where the highway begins to follow the Tye River proper.[1][2]

View west along SR 56 in Rockbridge County during autumn

SR 56 leaves the national forest and enters more gentle terrain just west of Tyro, the site of the Tyro Mill. The state highway follows the Tye River through Massies Mill to Roseland, where the highway turns south to join SR 151 on Patrick Henry Highway. The two highways run through the hamlet of Hendersons Store to just north of Piney River, where the highways diverge at a wye intersection; the short connecter between SR 151 south and SR 56 east is SR 151Y. SR 56 heads east as Tye Brook Highway, which heads east and crosses the Tye River before intersecting US 29 (Thomas Nelson Highway) at Colleen. The two highways run concurrently northeast past historic Mitchell's Brick House Tavern, contemporary Nelson County High School, and historic Lovingston High School on their way to Lovingston.[1][2]

SR 56 splits northeast from US 29 along Front Street, which also carries US 29 Business. At the south end of the Lovingston Historic District, SR 56 turns southeast onto James River Road. SR 56 heads southeast through an at-grade crossing of Norfolk Southern's Washington District at Shipman. The state highway passes through a gap between Findlay Mountain and Thomas Mountain to Red Apple Orchard. At Wingina, SR 56 passes the historic home Soldier's Joy and has an at-grade intersection with CSX's Rivanna Subdivision, then crosses the James River into Buckingham County. The state highway passes through Woods Corner before reaching its eastern terminus at US 60 (James Anderson Highway) in Alcoma west of the county seat of Buckingham.[1][2]

Major intersections

AugustaSteeles Tavern0.000.00
US 11 (Lee Highway) / SR 851 (Midway School Road) to I-81 – Lexington, Staunton
Western terminus
RockbridgeNo major intersections
NelsonTye River Gap5.438.74 Blue Ridge ParkwayInterchange
Lanes Ford23.6938.13
SR 151 north (Patrick Henry Highway) – Wintergreen, Afton
Western end of SR 151 concurrency
Shady Lane26.2542.25
SR 151 south (Patrick Henry Highway) – Piney River, Lynchburg
Eastern end of SR 151 concurrency
SR 655 (Roseland Road) – Roselandformer planned SR 56 west
US 29 south (Thomas Nelson Highway) – Lynchburg
Western end of US 29 concurrency
US 29 north (Thomas Nelson Highway) – Charlottesville
Eastern end of US 29 concurrency; western end of US 29 Bus. concurrency

US 29 Bus. north (Front Street) – Charlottesville
Eastern end of US 29 Bus. concurrency
Buckingham SR 602 (Howardsville Road) – Glenmore, Howardsvilleformer SR 283 north
Dentons Corner60.8797.96 US 60 (West James Anderson Highway)Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d e "2009 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  2. ^ a b c Google (2011-08-30). "Virginia State Route 56" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-08-30.

External links

SR 55 Two‑digit State Routes
SR 57 >
SR 313 District 3 State Routes
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