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About Fancy Gap, Hillsville, Galax & Carroll County Area

Carroll County offers a wide range of outdoor activities, festivals, music, heritage, and arts and crafts. Start your visit at the Blue Ridge Plateau Regional Visitor Center, situated in an authentic log home at Exit 14 off Interstate 77 in the Hillsville/Galax area.

Music is a central theme in this area’s history. The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, runs through the middle of Carroll County and is also the centerpoint for three of the Road’s major venues – Floyd Country Store on one side, the Rex Theater on the other, and the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Parkway. For one week in August, The Old Fiddler’s Convention, the world’s oldest and largest gathering of its kind convenes in Galax, Virginia.

Carroll County’s southwest neighbor, Grayson County, is home to Virginia’s two highest mountains, 5,729-foot Mount Rogers (part of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area) and Whitetop Mountain (5520 feet), both of which offer outstanding vistas as well as some of the state’s best bird-watching.

Meandering through Grayson, Carroll, Whyte and Pulaski counties and paralleling the historic New River for 39 miles, visitors will find the delightful New River Trail State Park. This 57-mile long state park is part of the Rails-to-Trails Program, which repurposes abandoned railroad right-of-ways into recreational multi-use trails.

Area Visitor Centers

Lodging, Dining, & Things to Do

Stories from Fancy Gap, Hillsville, Galax & Carroll Counties

November 18, 2018
Spending the holidays in the Blue Ridge Mountains brings to mind cozy fireside nights under homespun quilts, a brisk family hike to find the perfect Christmas tree on the farm, and the very the best slopes for skiing and sledding. We’ve rounded up all this and more in our guide to festive winter fun in the communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
December 27, 2017
"Amid the clutter of instruments in Barr’s Fiddle Shop on Galax’s Main Street, three guys sat playing bluegrass tunes on guitar. Sometimes, the owner Stevie Barr – a man who had played for the Queen when she visited Virginia in 2010 – would join in."
November 27, 2017
“Here’s how not to start a road trip. First, at the Alamo rental car counter at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport just…

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