Get away to Virginias' most beautiful Parks

Grayson County is home to some of the most beautiful parks in the world. With such a vast array of beautiful natural areas, you will never run out of wilderness to explore. 

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The Goodwill Grange #959 is a subordinate of the Patrons of Husbandry, promoting farming and family values. The Grange was established in 1959 and is located in the old rock Grant School Building. We host BINGO every Friday night at 7:00 PM. Casual atmosphere with a pot luck dinner is provided. Only 25 cents per game with two winner-take-all jackpots. The proceeds go toward improvements and maintenance of the old rock building. There is also a lending library with lots of books for all ages. Take a book or leave a book for the next person to read. The computer center is open Monday-Wednesday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Thursday 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, and Friday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Wifi is also available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. (Unsecured: no password, Secured: Password wifi2014).

Grayson Highlands State Park is home to two major attractions, Mt. Rogers, the highest peak in Virginia, and the Wild Ponies attraction, a small herd of beautiful ponies that roam freely in the park.  In addition to the gorgeous views, there's numerous hiking and horseback riding trails, picnicking and camping areas and a visitor's center/museum. Plan your next vacation in the Highlands today!

Located in Independence, VA, Grayson Recreation Park features a great area to have a picnic under our covered picnic shelters, a place to take a nice walk on our paved walking track as well as our wooded hiking trails. The park also features 5 athletic fields, tennis courts and an outdoor basketball court. During the summer, our outdoor pool features two water slides, two diving boards and a concession stand, making this a great place to come and relax during a nice, hot summer day. Just outside the park, resides a beautiful waterfall to view and enjoy after a fun day at the pool!

The Virginia Creeper Trail highlights the beauty of western Grayson County. Dense forests, bog meadows, a pristine trout stream and Southwestern Virginia culture.

This recreation area offers breathtaking views from the second Highest peak in Virginia. With an elevation of 5,520 ft., you will be able to see the beautiful Appalachian mountains for miles. When you visit Grayson County, a trip to Whitetop Mountain is a must!

This park is open daily during daylight hours. The Park has a variety of playground equipment, a stage and a beautiful view of New River.  Musical events, festivals, concerts, and a farmers market are held at the Park during the year,  including the Festival by the River every October and the Henry Whitter Festival every May. 
The Town Park also adjoins the New River Trail parking area and a public boat landing.  Reserve the park for family reunions, office gatherings, weddings and birthday parties or company outings.

This recreation area offers 6 camping units with parking and picnic tables, a picnic shelter and a fireplace; a beautiful overlook of Elk Creek Valley is accessible in the area, as well as nearby Hale Lake (2 miles), Unaka nature trail and Little Dry Run and Iron Mountain Trails.  Although the campground is open year-round, the road to the campground is closed in the winter due to icy and hazardous conditions.

This is truly a 191,000-acre mountain recreation wonderland within the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests. The area offers hundreds of miles of hiking; including a hike to the highest peak in Virginia, Mount Rogers at 5,729 feet, self-auto tours,  Whitetop Mountain with the highest road in Virginia, 7 campgrounds, 4 horse camps, 3 cabins and biking, horse back riding and cross-country ski trails, two lakes and 50 miles of streams; historic sites, wildlife viewing and hunting.

The Matthews State Forest is open during daylight hours for hiking, biking, wildlife watching, horseback riding and hunting.  There are nearly 8 miles of challenging mountain trails for the hiking/biking enthusiast.

Bike, hike or ride your horse down the New River trail and see everything the New River has to offer!

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1997, with support from The National Council for the Traditional Arts, The Music Center includes an outdoor amphitheater, an indoor interpretive center/theater, and The Roots of American Music, a FREE interactive, and entertaining, exhibition highlighting the historical significance of the region’s music. Trace the history of Blue Ridge Mountain Music through local artists back to the creation of the music generations ago, by persons from Europe and West Africa that show its' continued influence on many forms of folk, rock and popular music made across America today.​ Recently the Blue Ridge Music Center hosted Old Crow Medicine Show, an Americana string band that has made its' mark on today's folk music after being discovered by the legendary Doc Watson. Come out and enjoy many local, as well as well known artists at our outdoor theater!

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Daniel Flevor

Tourism Office

Address: 107 E. Main Street 

Independence, VA 24348

Phone: 276-773-8002


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