I’ve made the drive down to Blacksburg more times than I can count over the years. And I can confidently say that this match up is one of college football’s great rivalries. If you’ve never made the trip down to Blacksburg in the fall, I highly recommend it.

The drive from Charlottesville to Blacksburg is around 150 miles, depending on the route you decide to take. The obstacles to be on the lookout for during this road trip are deer, fog and traffic on I-81. Traffic can also be a challenge on gameday so plan accordingly.

Tailgating is king on gameday in Blacksburg, and information about what you can expect on game day can be found here.

While I am normally with the team and helping out before the game, over the years I’ve heard of some fun restaurants and traditions to take part in close to campus.

WHAT TO DO IN BLACKSBURG ON GAME DAY

  • The Cellar – serves up Greek food and pizza, located a couple of blocks from campus
  • Joe’s Diner – for a quick and cheap breakfast that will stick to your bones
  • Hokie House, Sharkey’s or Top of the Stairs – three bars for if you want to grab a beer and watch a few other games before heading to Lane Stadium
  • Sub Station II – a place to pick up a couple of sub sandwiches to contribute to the tailgate you’re attending
  • Carol Lee Donuts – start your day with a sugar high or pick up a couple dozen to share at your tailgate

See you at the game, I’ll be rooting for a Wahoo win! And if you see the UVA Football Truck – share your photos with me on Twitter using #UVAFBTruck.

- Pete, UVA Football Equipment Truck / Hilldrup Driver