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: Bland, Wythe, Carroll
Major Junctions in Photos: I-81 South, near Wytheville
I-81 North, near Fort Chiswell
Control Cities in Photos: Wytheville, Fort Chiswell

Southbound

   

Virginia welcome sign as Interstate 77 enters the state from West Virginia.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 66: US 52 South / VA 598. I couldn't get the actual exit sign since it was located at the exact location of the Virginia welcome sign. I had to pick one over the other, so I picked the welcome sign.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South shield sign located near mile marker 65.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South approaching Exit 64 - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 64: US 52 / VA 61 - Rocky Gap. Sorry about this picture, the sun being directly ahead made taking pictures a little tricky at times.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Speed limit sign located near mile marker 63. The speed limit on most rural Virginia Interstate highways is now 70 mph. Virginia changed it from 65 mph to 70 mph just recently.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Mileage sign located near mile marker 63. From here, it's 10 miles to Bland, 21 miles to Wytheville, and 90 miles to Bristol.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 62: SR 606 - South Gap  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at the Rest Area / Welcome Center located near mile marker 61.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 58: US 52 - Bastian  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from mile marker 57.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 52: US 52 / VA 42 - Bland  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from mile marker 53.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from mile marker 50. There is also a warning sign here alerting motorists to watch for falling rocks.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South near mile marker 49, as the speed limit drops to 55 mph in preparation for entering the tunnel ahead.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South near mile marker 48, as it enters the Jefferson National Forest.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South as it enters the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel, near mile marker 48.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 47: SR 717. This is a rather small and plain exit sign.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from mile marker 47.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 41: SR 610 - Wytheville / Max Meadows  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 40: Interstate 81 South / US 52 North / To US 20 South - Bristol. At this point, I-77 south joins up with I-81 north for a brief period of time.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South / Interstate 81 North at Exit 73: US 11 South - Wytheville. As you may have guessed, the exit numbers and mile markers during this stretch are based on I-81's mileage.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South / Interstate 81 North shield signs located near mile marker 74.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Mileage sign located near mile marker 75. It's 23 miles to Pulaski, 74 miles to Roanoke, and 143 miles to Charlotte.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South / Interstate 81 North: Road view from near mile marker 76.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South / Interstate 81 North approaching Exit 77 - 1/2 mile.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South / Interstate 81 North at Exit 77: Service Road  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South / Interstate 81 North: Road view from mile marker 78.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Advance mileage sign for Exit 81, which is the exit you need to take to stay on Interstate 77 South towards Charlotte. The exit is 3 miles ahead.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South / Interstate 81 North at Exit 80: US 52 South / VA 121 North - Fort Chiswell / Max Meadows  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South / Interstate 81 North approaching Exit 81 - 1 1/4 miles.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South / Interstate 81 North at Exit 81: Interstate 77 South - Charlotte, NC  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from mile marker 32.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South shield sign located near mile marker 31.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Mileage sign located near mile marker 31. From this point, it's 21 miles to Hillsville, 92 miles to Statesville, and 135 miles to Charlotte.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from near mile marker 29.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from mile marker 26.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 24: VA 69 - Poplar Camp  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from mile marker 22. There is also a sign here reminding motorists that slower traffic should keep right. This is a rule that is far too often neglected by many people from my experience.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 19: SR 620  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 14: US 58 / US 221 - Hillsville / Galax  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from mile marker 15.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Another road view, this time from mile marker 12.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 8: VA 148 / SR 775 - Fancy Gap  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Warning sign located near mile marker 8 indicating that there will be a downgrade ahead which will last for the next 7 miles.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Warning sign near mile marker 8 approaching a Runaway Truck Ramp - 1 mile. These ramps are for emergency use if a truck loses it's brakes or they overheat on the way down this long grade.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at the first Runaway Truck Ramp located near mile marker 7.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from mile marker 6.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from near mile marker 5. You can see the steepness of this long downgrade here in this picture.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at the second Runaway Truck Ramp near mile marker 5.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from near mile marker 4.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 approaching yet another Runaway Truck Ramp - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South: Road view from mile marker 3.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at the third and final Runaway Truck Ramp near mile marker 2.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Interstate 77 South at Exit 1: SR 620  (Photo taken 1/22/11).

Take the next right to get to the Rest Area / North Carolina Welcome Center, as Interstate 77 prepares to enter North Carolina.  (Photo taken 1/22/11).