March 16, 2015

One of the most exciting parts of my job is walking the gorgeous land we have for sale in Floyd County.  I often tell potential land buyers to please include me in their walk around property they may be interested in; I find nothing more relaxing and pleasurable than to be out in the woods, or down by the creek, or over in the pasture or up on the ridgetop breathing in the wonderful Blue Ridge Mountain Air. 

Another perk for me personally is the opportunity to pour over maps and plats, locating family cemetaries, creek beds, old mountain trails and fieldstone walls that time may have forgotten.  Spring is a particularly nice time to be out on the mountain: the trillium, the fiddlehead ferns and the flame azalea are absolutely dazzling.

I was looking over the Floyd County map the other day and saw something that I had never noticed before.  A squiggly yellow line that seems to drop down the ridge into Franklin County, travelling south before it heads NE and juts a little bit west as it leaves our area of SW VA right around the Montgomery County line.  This little line caught my interest, so I did some research with my handy dandy google search engine.  Seems I had stumbled upon the eastern edge of the Continental Divice; which transects the northeastern part of the county.  Tributaries up here on the mountain flow into the Roanoke River down in the Valley and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean.  A continental divide by definition is "a drainage divide on a continent such that the drainage basin on one side of the divide feeds into an ocean or sea (in this case the Atlantic Ocean) and the basin on the other side feeds into a different ocean or sea (in this case the Gulf of Mexico)".

Anyone spending much time in Floyd County eventually hears the the old-timers muse about how "Floyd holds the headwaters of all the water in the region, every river, creek and branch flows out from Floyd County."  Their claim can be substantiated because the Eastern Continental Divide by definition represents the highest terrain in our area.  Google for yourself, this is some interesting, right in our own backyard.