Located between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Allegheny Range of West Virginia to the West, Clarke County is the gateway to the Shenandoah Valley only an hour west of Washington, DC. The Shenandoah river meanders through the county, which includes some of the most heavily protected landscapes in Virginia. The county seat of Berryville has a thriving restaurant and arts community. Charming villages such as White Post, Millwood, and Boyce attract city dwellers looking for an easy paced country lifestyle in a relaxed rural setting. Clarke County is also home to the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy Station.