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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, located inside the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market at the Hillsville exit (exit 14) off Interstate 77 on Farmers’ Market Drive. Parkway access is available at Milepost 199.5 in Fancy Gap, where cool summer breezes and long-range views are plentiful.

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 (5,520 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.

Stories from Fancy Gap, Hillsville, Galax & Carroll Counties

November 18, 2021
Spending the holidays in the Blue Ridge Mountains brings to mind cozy fireside nights under homespun quilts, a brisk family outing to find the perfect Christmas tree on a local 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.
September 16, 2021
Virginia's creative and sometimes whimsical LOVEworks are a wonderful photo opportunity. Why not start a new tradition and make some family memories finding and photographing a few LOVE signs while enjoying the out of doors this year?
December 4, 2020
Many of the businesses along the Blue Ridge Parkway remain open year-round and offer such eclectic merchandise that you can shop for everyone on your holiday gift list from the comfort of your home and have the gifts delivered to your door or directly to the recipient.
November 16, 2020
Even while staying at home we still seem to be busy. Maybe this season you'll want to slow down and make time to take a getaway with your significant other. Regardless of when you choose to enjoy a romantic getaway along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we have some options and ideas for you to consider.
August 26, 2020
The Blue Ridge Mountains are dotted with farms producing everything from Christmas trees to trout. Fruit, flowers, herbs, jams, jellies, pies, wreaths and other crafts are all produced right here in the mountains. And what better way to get outside this year than to enjoy the fresh air of a mountain farm?
July 1, 2020
Along with the 469 miles of glorious scenery winding along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the parkway, there are several other motor routes in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia that are popular with motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts.
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 over the line from Washington, D.C., discover that your driver’s license is missing. Search and swear for two hours. Then find it in your left shoe. Second, when the…

Recommended Itineraries

Region: Virginia
Duration:1 day
A slow-paced, one day trip from Roanoke, Virginia (Milepost 120) South to the North Carolina state line (Milepost 216) is highlighted by intensive exposure to the Blue Ridge cultural landscape. The rural experience on the Plateau Region of the Parkway and on adjacent lands highlights mills, music, and agriculture, demonstrating how people have interacted with the landscape over time.
Region: Virginia
Duration:2 - 3 days
Looping through the Blue Ridge Mountain range, the Claw of the Dragon is one of the most popular destinations in the South among motorcycle enthusiasts.
Region: Virginia
Duration:2 - 3 days
A two-day trip along from Roanoke (Milepost 120) South to the Virginia state line (Milepost 216) is highlighted by intensive exposure to the Blue Ridge cultural landscape. The rural experience on the Plateau Region of the Parkway and on adjacent lands highlights mills, music, and agriculture, demonstrating how people have interacted with the landscape over time. The opportunity to camp overnight in two iconic Blue Ridge towns will make this a memorable visit.