Wytheville is a Small Town with a BIG Experience. Located at the crossroads of Interstates 77 and 81 just 30 minutes from the Fancy Gap entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, there is a variety of attractions for all ages to enjoy while surrounded by the beauty of travel in the Blue Ridge Mountains. From an animal park and herb gardens to wineries and a dinner theatre featuring popular musicals, from historic museums and an Indian village to the top of Big Walker Mountain featuring artisans and craftsmen, from unique shopping to outdoor recreation, there is an almost endless array of activity options.
Founded in 1778, Abingdon is home to the world-famed Barter Theatre, the William King Museum & the Arts Depot. The Historic District hosts the Sinking Spring Cemetery tour and Main Street’s antique shops and galleries. Enjoy music under the stars at the town’s many concerts, featuring world famous musicians. Each August, the Virginia Highlands Festival, voted one of the Nation’s Top 100 Events, showcases antiques, arts, crafts, and more. Other Abingdon events include Plumb Alley Day, the Highlands Jazz Festival and Overmountain Victory Trail’s Annual September Revolutionary War Reenactment.
Just west of Wytheville lies Tazewell County, the adventure tourism capital of the Appalachians. Here, you’ll find hiking trails, bicycling routes, ATV trails, and the Back of the Dragon route enjoyed by motorcyclists and sportscar enthusiasts alike. The county was created in 1799 from parts of Wythe and Russell Counties. The county seat, established in 1800, was originally called Jeffersonville but was renamed Tazewell in 1892.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love the Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail accessible in Abingdon, the nearby Mount Rogers National Recreation Area located in Smyth County, as well as the hiking, biking, fishing and watersports available throughout Southwestern Virginia in the Heart of Appalachia. NASCAR fans will find the Bristol Motor Speedway only a few minutes away in beautiful Northeast Tennessee.