Montgomery County & the New River Valley

 Montgomery County Virginia

Montgomery County Statistics


Home of Virginia Tech, Virginia’s largest university and a national football powerhouse, Blacksburg is a thriving university town that was named as the “most wired town in the United States” by Reader’s Digest. The vibrant downtown area maintains its small town feel with an eclectic collection of boutiques, restaurants and historic sites, while just a mile away high-tech industry prospers in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (CRC). The CRC is the only university related research park and is responsible for bringing many jobs to the area and is currently being studied by other universities because of its success. Blacksburg serves as the cultural center of Montgomery County and boasts many artisans and cultural activities enjoyed by all.


Christiansburg is the fourth largest town in Virginia and the county seat for Montgomery County and can rightly call itself the Home of Heroes. It’s residents and long term visitors have included Davy Crockett, Booker T. Washington, Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, George Washington, and many, many others. The Town of Christiansburg plays a major role in the thriving economic environment of the New River Valley being the home of the NRV Mall and several shopping centers which include many national chain retailers/restaurants. Christiansburg also hosts a wide variety of locally owned businesses including an old fashioned Drive-In, one of the few left in the country. Christiansburg proudly boasts its history as the location where Daniel Boone crossed the Continental Divide entering the wilderness. The annual Wilderness Trail Festival in Christiansburg serves as a tribute to Christiansburg history and as a fun family outing.

Though Blacksburg and Christiansburg are separate municipalities they are connected in many ways, both historically and physically, the Huckleberry Trail is a unique biking/walking path connecting the two towns allowing the residents and visitors to enjoy everything they both have to offer. Where ever you are in Montgomery County you can literally be within 10 minutes of a bustling retail market area or in the solitude and beauty of nature all around you. Outstanding government planning and citizen participation continues to preserve our natural beauty and grow our communities so that our needs are met.


Located in south central Montgomery County, Riner has historically been a rural farming community, though that has changed in the last several years. Now home to an 18-hole golf course and new thriving neighborhoods, Riner has become a very desirable location for families in the New River Valley. Riner is also home to the National School Blue Ribbon Auburn Elementary School, one of only 5 schools in the state to win that award. Riner charm includes the Brush Creek Buffalo Farm and Restaurant, featuring healthy buffalo products in an old country store setting.


In the Northeastern corner of the county, Shawsville and Elliston are home to many historical sites, including the Waldron Farm, an original dairy farm from the 1700s, as well as the Pappas home, a 250 year old home in which George Washington and Lewis & Clark were guests. Not only do Shawsville and Ellison have a strong historical background, it is a prospering manufacturing area with Rowe Furniture as the feature business in the industrial park. Education continues to prosper in the newly built high school.

Montgomery County Communities:

Incorporated towns

  • Blacksburg
  • Christiansburg

Unincorporated communities

  • Alleghany Springs
  • Bradshaw
  • Childress
  • Ellett
  • Elliston-Lafayette
  • Graysontown
  • Ironto
  • Long Shop
  • Lusters Gate
  • Merrimac
  • McCoy
  • McDonalds Mill
  • Pilot
  • Prices Fork
  • Riner
  • Rogers
  • Shawsville
  • Sugar Grove
  • Vicker
  • Walton
  • Tom’s Creek
  • Yellow Sulphur Springs
  • Plum Creek