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Franklin County +

1255 Franklin St., Suite 112

Rocky Mount, VA 24151

(540) 483-3040

Nestled along the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Franklin County boasts communities that continue to value their farms, forests, waterways and cultural heritage. Home grown music, outdoor adventure and cultural exploration are just a sampling of what Franklin County, Virginia is all about!

Experience a jam session along the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail or discover the arts in Historic Rocky Mount, the charming county seat that embodies traditional small-town America. Venture outdoors for a hike along rugged trails, kayak more than 70 miles of blueways or reel in trophy bass along Philpott Lake and Smith Mountain Lake.

No journey to Franklin County is complete without a visit to the Booker T. Washington National Monument, which is the birthplace of famed orator Booker T. Washington, and to the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at Ferrum College, where you will learn about life and culture in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Our annual, family-friendly events include Pigg River Ramble Weekend, Southwest Virginia Antique Farm Days, the Franklin County Agricultural Fair, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas and more.

Explore the many scenic corners of our community, where every side road opens up new vistas.

Visit www.visitfranklincountyva.org or call (540) 483-3040.

Highlights & Happenings

  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation.
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Watch an orientation video and learn how to make the most of your visit to the Parkway and region at this visitor center. View exhibits featuring the unique Parkway design and construction, the natural and cultural history, and recreational opportuni
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors.
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • The Brinegar Cabin, craft demonstrations, and diverse hiking options and make Doughton Park a must-experience destination along the Parkway.
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • Price Park is a haven for relaxation and recreation with the 47-acre Price Lake as its focal point. Visitors enjoy one of the most popular and largest picnic areas on the Parkway, along with camping, boating and fishing on Price Lake, and ample oppor
  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 68th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blooms & Wildlife Watching
  • Don't forget your cameras and binoculars when visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway! Learn when and where to see blooms along your journey.
  • What To Do
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a road – it is a beautiful journey that entices visitors to explore a 469-mile gateway to America’s rich cultural heritage.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
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