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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.

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Live Music & More

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 10:00 am
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Live Music & More

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 10:00 am

How the West Was Won

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:00 pm
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Friday Night Barn Dance: The Cane Creek Boys

Friday, May 27, 2016, 6:00 am

Canoe Excursion

Friday, May 27, 2016, 9:00 am

Live Music & More

Friday, May 27, 2016, 10:00 am

Eagle/Osprey Nest Tour

Friday, May 27, 2016, 2:00 pm

How the West Was Won

Friday, May 27, 2016, 2:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:00 pm
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MineFest at Emerald Village

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

Garden Jubilee

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

Bogs, Bugs and Beavers

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 am

Live Music & More

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:00 am

Artisan Fair

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:00 am

South Creek Winery Deck Music Series - Lee Lindsey

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 1:00 pm

How the West Was Won

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 pm

Marion Cruise-In

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 5:30 pm

Black Light Nighttime Underground Mine Tour

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 pm
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MineFest at Emerald Village

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9:00 am

Garden Jubilee

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9:00 am

Live Music & More

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 2:00 pm

The Winemaker’s Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 5:00 pm
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Live Music & More

Monday, May 30, 2016, 10:00 am

Memorial Day Barbecue & Covered Dish Dinner

Monday, May 30, 2016, 11:00 am

149th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

Monday, May 30, 2016, 2:00 pm
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Highlights & Happenings

  • 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. The m
  • Folk Art Center, Milepost 382
  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats.  Flowers burst on the scene in late spring and crea
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • These high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron, but don’t despair if you miss the peak bloom. Violets, blackberry, May-apple, a
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 67th 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.
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