Some local attractions:
Blacksburg/Christiansburg Virginia Area Visitor Information links:
Historic Walking tour of Downtown Blacksburg: (Audio-Visual self Guide)
Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation: Lectures, Histories & other videos. (See also Alexander Black house below for their headquarters.)
Blacksburg Farmers Market (website)
Fresh locally grown food, honey, and other bric a brac
Town of Blacksburg Homepage
Story behind the statue in front of the Blacksburg Municipal Building
Murals of Downtown Blacksburg: (here)
Smithfield Plantation (webpage)
On the VT campus
1000 Smithfield Plantation Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060
(1773) Restored pre-Revolutionary house; original woodwork. Home of Colonel William Preston and three governors. Architectural link between Tidewater and Piedmont plantations of Virginia and those of the Mississippi Valley. Grounds restored by Garden Club of Virginia. (April-November, Thursday-Sunday 1-5 pm)
Alexander Black House: Museum Hours. Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm FREE.
Parks & Outdoor Activities
Cox’s Driving Range – Miniature Golf – Batting Cage (website)
3500 Prices Fork Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Goes all around Blacksburg and as far as the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg.
Chateau Morrisette Winery Floyd County, VA (website)
Friday Night Jamboree Floyd VA
The Floyd Country Store has become a traditional gathering place on Friday nights for musicians, dancers, and visitors from all over the world. The Friday Night Jamboree is an outstanding and authentic experience shared by old-timers and new visitors alike.
Natural Bridge, VA 24578 (Hwy 11 And I-81)
More than 300 feet below ground on three levels; streams, hanging gardens of formations, flowstone cascade, totem pole, colossal dome, and more. One-mile self-guided tour (one hour). (March-November, daily)
Toll-Free: (800) 533-1410
Natural Bridge Zoo: Hwy 11, Natural Bridge, VA, (540) 291-2420
State’s largest and most complete zoo with over 400 reptiles, birds, and mammals. Petting area; safari shop; picnic grounds. (March-November, daily)
Dixie Caverns: (website)5753 W Main St, Salem, VA 24153
Stalactites in lofty chambers; modern lighting system makes 45-minute tour comfortable as well as interesting. Pottery shop and mineral shop (all year). Camping facilities (fee). (Daily; closed December 25)
Mabry Mill (website) Milepost 176 (Blue Ridge Parkway)
The sights and sounds of Rural Appalachia fill the air at Mabry Mill during summer and fall. Ed Mabry built the mill where he and his wife Lizzy ground corn, sawed lumber, and did blacksmithing for three decades. The old mill, cultural demonstrations, and a decades-long tradition of Sunday afternoon music and dancing continue to draw visitors today. Take a break from driving with a short walk by the mill or some country fare at the restaurant.
Claytor State Park: (General Information)
A 4,500 acre lake park–Ideal for swimming, camping, hiking and picnicking, Claytor Lake is known for sport fishing and boating. The park has a full-service marina with docking slips, supplies, fuel, boat rentals and refreshments.
Mountain Lake, Blacksburg, VA (Information about the lake)
A resort lake, famous for being in the film “Dirty Dancing”
Some scenic hiking trails off the Blue Ridge Parkway are listed here.
Mill Mountain Zoo: (website)Hwy 220/i-581 And Blue Ridge Pkwy, Roanoke, VA 24014
Zoo sits atop Mill Mountain; offers picnic areas with magnificent views of city and valley. (Daily; closed December 25)
Roanoke: Center In The Square1 Market Sq, Roanoke, VA 24011
Restored 20th-century furniture warehouse housing six independent cultural organizations: Housed within our signature building known as Center in the Square are six cultural arts and science non-profit organizations:
- Harrison Museum of African American Culture
- History Museum of Western Virginia
- Mill Mountain Theatre
- Roanoke Pinball Museum
- Science Museum of Western Virginia
- Kids Square
SEE BLACKSBURG FOR KIDS (& ADULTS)—LOCAL PARKS, AQUATIC CENTER, AND MORE!