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About Floyd Area

Floyd County is a mountainous, rural area in southwest Virginia blessed with a convergence of beautiful terrain, hard-working citizens, and skilled artists, musicians, and craftspeople along with a cadre of progressive and inventive business managers. From this mix of natural beauty and creative residents, Floyd County has slowly evolved from a primarily farming community into a popular destination for visitors seeking entertainment, fun, beauty, and relaxation.

Residents are proud of their association with the Blue Ridge Parkway, the popular and dynamic Crooked Road music trail, the growing Round the Mountain trail of talented artisans, and the natural beauty created by mountains, hills, valleys, trees, and flowing streams.

With some 40 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway within its borders, Floyd County boasts the longest stretch of the Parkway located in Virginia. The most photographed place on the Parkway, Mabry Mill (Milepost 176), and the highly popular Rocky Knob area with its campground (Milepost 167), picnic area, and hiking trails are also within the County.

Stories from Floyd Area

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.
October 16, 2018
The Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding mountain communities in both Virginia and North Carolina have a long and storied history as an arts and culture destination. Traditional artisans practice their crafts to this day, while up and coming artists forge ahead in new techniques and cutting edge creativity.
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
“Three days, two lanes, and one spectacular fall road trip along the South’s most storied highway. Jason Frye, accompanied by his wife,…
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…

Recommended Itineraries

Region: Virginia
Duration:2 - 3 days
Parkway Weekend Getaway by R.V. A two-day trip along the Blue Ridge Plateau from Roanoke (Milepost 120) to the Virginia state line (Milepost 216) is highlighted by intensive exposure to the Blue Ridge cultural landscape. The rural experience on the Parkway and on adjacent lands highlights mills, music, and agriculture,…