Points of Interest

Just a few minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail, nestled between the picturesque Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the New River Valley, with Montgomery County, Virginia as its center, offers the finest in all facets of living. Recently designated as a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), Montgomery County is home to 94,392 residents and Virginia Tech, the largest state university, a top 50 research university. Where small town charm and big city amenities abound, you have the best of both worlds. From our world class dining, fine shopping and cultural activities, to a beautiful rural setting, and unique recreational opportunities, the U.S.’s oldest river, the New, gently oversees the good life in the New River Valley.

Public Libraries in Virginia

Montgomery Museum & Lewis Miller Regional Art Center – 300 South Pepper Street Christiansburg. The museum has artifacts from the New River Valley area and features art exhibits by local artists. 540/382-5644 or http://www.montgomerymuseum.org

Historic Smithfield Plantation – 1000 Smithfield Plantation Road, Blacksburg. Built in 1775 it has been the birth place 2 Virginia governors and the home of another. There is a manor house, museum store, and a colonial style kitchen garden located on the grounds of the plantation. Art collections from 18th and 19th centuries are on display, as well as local artifacts. Costumed interpreters serve as tour guides through the home. Historic Smithfield is only open April-December, Thursday-Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Call 540/231-3947 or http://www.smithfieldplantation.org

The Lyric Theatre was originally constructed in 1929 and opened on April 17, 1930.  The Lyric is a blend of Art Deco and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, designed by Roanoke architect Louis Phillipe Smithey. Most notable on the Lyric’s façade are the traditional Comedy and Tragedy masks. The Lyric now operates as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit movie theatre and community center and is listed on the Virginia and National Registers of Historic Places as a part of the Downtown Blacksburg Historic District. http://www.thelyric.com

 

Squires Student Art Gallery – Located on the VT campus, a wide variety of art can be viewed here. The exhibits are rotating and feature art by a multitude of individuals, local, international and Virginia Tech student artists. 540/231-6906

Solitude – The oldest structure on the Virginia Tech campus and well as the first permanent English speaking colony in the Allegheny Mountains, it is the site of the Draper Meadow Settlement and massacre, where Mary Draper Ingles’ capture and long road to freedom began. Solitude was also the home of two Virginia governors.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – US 460 Blacksburg. Known at Virginia Tech, the University was founded in 1872 as the country’s first land-grant institution. It is Virginia’s largest university and ranked among the top 50 research universities in the country. Approximately 25,000 students attend the university each year. There are over 200 nationally ranked undergraduate programs within this outstanding university. The universities museums, art galleries, and dining halls are open to the public. 540/231-6000

Virginia Tech Museum of Geological Sciences – 2062 Derring Hall, VT Campus. The museum is home of the largest display of minerals in the state of Virginia, as well as a working seismograph, gemstones, fossils, full-scale model of an Allosaurus, and a gift shop. 540/231-3001

RECREATION

Montgomery County Parks & Recreation

Blacksburg Parks & Recreation

Christiansburg Aquatic Center

Blacksburg Community Parks

Christiansburg Community Parks

The Appalachian Trail – The famous trail runs from Georgia to Maine, through 14 eastern states. 462 miles of the trail are within the boarders of Virginia, the longest section in any state. 304/535-6331

Blue Ridge Parkway – The Parkway stretches 470 miles long and runs through numerous parks throughout the eastern half of the United States. Lodging, hiking, camping, fishing, along with many other attractions can be found along the Parkway. 1-800-228-7275

Cascades Waterfalls – Two trails, a wide gravel trail with the other following Little Stone Creek, lead to a spectacular view of the waterfall. While enjoying the 5 mile round trip hike, one can also enjoy a picnic on the grounds.

Chateau Morrisette Winery – Virginia’s third largest winery is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 171.5. The winery is the sponsor of Black Dog Jazz Festivals, guided tours, wine tasting together with  fine dining in  the restaurant. Call 540/593-2856

Claytor Lake State Park – Located in Pulaski County, the 21-mile lake offers 100 miles of shore line. The Appalachian Power Company built a dam on the New River in 1939, resulting in a man-made lake. Among the items offered at the lake are fishing, boating, swimming, camping, and hiking, as well as a variety of entertainment on the water. 540/643-2500 or 1-800-933-7275

Huckleberry Trail – Following the old railroad route, the paved trail connects the Blacksburg Bikeway and the Walkway System of Christiansburg. 540/382-6975.

Jefferson National Forest – With over 108,000 acres of beautiful lakes, streams, and forest, the Jefferson National Forest is the perfect location for outdoor adventures, including hunting, camping, picnicking, etc. 540/265-5100

Mountain Lake Resort – The smash-hit motion picture, Dirty Dancing released in 1987 was filmed at the resort. At 4,000 feet in altitude, the lake is one of only 2 natural lakes in Virginia. 1-800-346-3334

Nature Conservancy’s Falls Ridge Preserve – A breath taking 30 meter travertine waterfall, old limekiln and caves can all be found on the 655 acres of a “Rare Ecosystem” at Falls Ridge Preserve.

The New River – Designated as a State Scenic River, the New River is the second oldest river in the world, with only the Nile being older. Another unique feature is that the New River is one of the few that flows northward.

New River Junction – Whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, fishing, and horseback riding on and along the New River can all be found at the New River Junction. 540/639-6633

New River Valley Trail – Once a railroad track, the fabulous 29 mile long trail follows the beautiful and ancient New River. The trail is open to hikers, bicyclists, and horse back riders. 540/699-6778.

Pandapas Pond – The man-made impoundment at the headwaters of Poverty Creek is maintained by the Forest Service and the Wildlife Society of Virginia. A one mile trail circles the pond, on which hiking, bike riding, and horseback riding is allowed. 540/552-4641