Road Information

Interstate 77 in Virginia Total Mileage in State: 66 miles
Northern End: At West Virginia state line
Southern End: At North Carolina state line
Mileage covered in Photos: 66 miles
Counties covered in Photos: Carroll, Wythe, Bland
Major Junctions in Photos: I-81 North, near Fort Chiswell
I-81 South, near Wytheville
Control Cities in Photos: Fort Chiswell, Wytheville

Northbound

   

Interstate 77 North at the Rest Area / Welcome Center as the road enters Virginia from North Carolina.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Virginia welcome sign at mile marker 0. At this point, be prepared to start climbing a 7 1/2 mile hill!  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Speed limit sign near mile 0.5. The speed limit for the next 34 miles is 65 mph, even though the speed limit on most rural Virginia freeways is 70 mph. This stretch of I-77 from the NC border to the junction of I-81 in Fort Chiswell is basically a little bit of a speed trap, so be aware.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 1: SR 620  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North shield sign located near mile marker 1. The 7 1/2 mile upwards climb has begun.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Mileage sign located just past mile marker 1. Fancy Gap is 8 miles ahead, at the top of the 7 1/2 mile hill. Meanwhile, it's 13 miles to Hillsville and 41 miles to Wytheville.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 2.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 4, as the climb continues.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 5.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 6. Getting tired of climbing this hill yet?  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 7. Almost there.......  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 8: VA 148 / SR 775 - Fancy Gap  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 12.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 14: US 58 / US 221 - Hillsville / Galax  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 19: SR 620  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 20.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 24: VA 69 - Poplar Camp  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 25.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Mileage sign near mile marker 26. It's 8 miles to Fort Chiswell, 18 miles to Wytheville, and 47 miles to Bluefield.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 27.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Sign near mile marker 28 indicating that the junction of Interstate 81 is 5 miles ahead.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 30.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 32 - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 32: Interstate 81 North - Roanoke. I-77 North joins up with I-81 South for the next 9 miles. During this stretch, the mile markers and exits are based off I-81's mileage.  (Photo taken 4/28/11).

Interstate 77 North / Interstate 81 South at Exit 80: US 52 South / VA 121 North - Fort Chiswell / Max Meadows  (Photo taken 5/25/11).

Interstate 77 North / Interstate 81 South / US 11 South / US 52 North shield signs located at mile marker 79.7. As you can see, quite a few roads run together here, making it quite a busy area. There are quite a few truck stops off this stretch of highway also.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North / Interstate 81 South: Road view from mile marker 78.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North / Interstate 81 South at Exit 77: Service Rd  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North / Interstate 81 South: Road view from mile marker 76.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North / Interstate 81 South at Exit 73: US 11 South - Wytheville  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North / Interstate 81 South approaching Exit 72 - 1/2 mile.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North / Interstate 81 South at Exit 72: Interstate 77 North - Bluefield / Charleston, WV  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 41: SR 610 - Peppers Ferry Rd  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Speed limit sign near mile marker 42. The speed limit on this stretch of Interstate 77 from Wytheville to the West Virginia state line is 70 mph, which is standard on most rural Virginia freeways.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Mileage sign located near mile marker 42. It's 12 miles to Bland, 30 miles to Bluefield, and 68 miles to Beckley.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 43.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 47 - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 47: SR 717. For whatever reason, there is no detailed exit sign at this interchange to get a picture of, so the exit sign itself was the next best thing.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North near mile marker 48, as the speed limit drops to 55 mph in preparation for entering the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from near mile marker 48, as I-77 enters the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North shield sign located just outside the north end of the tunnel.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 51.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North at the Weigh Station located near mile marker 51.5.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 52: US 52 / VA 42 - Bland  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 54.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North near mile marker 55 approaching the Runaway Truck Ramp as I-77 prepares to go down a steep grade - 3/4 mile.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North at the Runaway Truck Ramp located near mile marker 56.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 56, as the downgrade continues.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 58: US 52 - Bastian  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North at the Rest Area located near mile marker 59.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 60.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 62: SR 606 - South Gap  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 64: US 52 / VA 61 - Rocky Gap  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North: Road view from mile marker 66.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North at Exit 66: VA 598  (Photo taken 5/6/11).

Interstate 77 North near mile marker 66.5, as it prepares to enter the East River Mountain Tunnel and cross into West Virginia. The WV state line is actually inside the tunnel.  (Photo taken 5/6/11).