From the North: Take Interstate 81 south to exit 225 (Woodrow Wilson Blvd.). Follow signs to "Monterey" until the intersection with VA Route 250. Turn right onto 250 West. Follow Route 250 (west) approximately 31 miles to the Village of McDowell.
From Richmond, Roanoke, or points south and west: Take I-81 north to Exit 225, and follow the above directions.
Here's a close-up map of the area right around McDowell to orient folks who have never been there before!
Weather: The weather at McDowell can be changeable: warm days, cool nights and low humidity in good weather; ferocious, brief thunderstorms with high winds and often heavy rain in bad.