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About Rocky Mount & Franklin County Area

Bordered by serene farmlands and majestic forested ridges, Rocky Mount is a thriving small town that has served as Franklin County‘s government, service, and business center since 1786. The town provides services to many smaller rural communities, yet is within easy access to the larger cities of Roanoke, Virginia and Greensboro, North Carolina and is located only 20 miles from scenic Smith Mountain Lake.

The area’s history is celebrated through the influence of many cultures including English, Scots-Irish, German, and African-American heritage. Visitors can experience the lasting legacy of these groups along The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail whose Eastern gateway begins in Rocky Mount.

A short trip to the northeast delivers travelers to the Booker T. Washington National Monument in the unincorporated community of Moneta. The site houses an interpretive center, walking trails and reconstructions of the nineteenth century farm buildings similar to those that stood on the Burroughs Plantation where Washington was born and spent the first nine years of his life.

Area Visitor Centers

Smith Mountain Lake

Lodging, Dining, & Things to Do

Stories from Rocky Mount & Franklin County Area

October 14, 2020
Fall color season is upon us and the hillsides are dotted with the reds of maples, sourwoods and sumac and the yellows of birches and yellow poplars. But even after the trees are bare, these routes offer sites worth visiting- they promise to tickle your taste buds, enthrall your eyes…
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.
July 15, 2019
If you're wondering where to go swimming during your Blue Ridge Parkway trip, we've rounded up all the best spots. It's important to note that while there are some beautiful waters located right on the Parkway itself, swimming is not allowed in Parkway waters. But there are no shortage of great swimming holes nearby, as well as guided rafting tours, kayak rentals, tubing, and some beautiful lakeside rentals.