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About Wytheville & Abingdon Areas

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.

Stories from Wytheville & Abingdon Areas

January 25, 2021
January 26 is National Plan for Vacation Day and I’m including my tips for vacation planning amidst the unpredictability of 2021. My husband and I have sadly been planning back-to-back transatlantic and Mediterranean cruises for more than a year that have just been canceled. But, we’re still healthy and still…
December 31, 2020
The Blue Ridge Parkway, a unit of the National Park Service, is managed as a scenic route but also to protect the natural resources along the Parkway corridor. When high elevation nighttime temperatures dip below freezing, there is little winter sun and moisture is on the roadway, sections of the…
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. These merchants can ship gifts directly to your door or to the recipient’s location if you won’t be able to deliver the…
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…
September 9, 2020
Enjoy waterfalls and cascades throughout Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!
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 1, 2020
Motorcycle and sportscar touring are popular along the winding routes in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
October 18, 2018
When will the leaves be at peak color this Fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway? While it would be nice if we could forecast the moment Autumn foliage will dazzle us with peak vibrancy as reliably as we track the ocean's tides, just when and why the leaves change colors is a complex array of factors far less predictable.
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."

Recommended Itineraries

Region: Virginia
Duration:2 - 3 days
Discover why this charming mountain town is unique in more ways than just its name. Day 1 Morning Begin your day with a spectacular view “where only the birds see more” at Big Walker Lookout, Virginia’s oldest and highest privately-owned attraction. Perched atop Big Walker Mountain at an elevation of…
Region: Virginia
Duration:1 day
For decades Wytheville has been known as the hospitality hub of Southwest Virginia, due in part to its ideal location situated at the crossroads of interstates 77 & 81, just 30 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Milepost 199.4, but the small town charm is what keeps…
Duration:2 - 3 days
Northeast Tennessee: True Outdoors The towns of Northeast Tennessee are located just west of the Blue Ridge Parkway, near the Cherokee National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Forest. If you’re traveling the Parkway and want to visit this area, consider exiting in the Plateau Region and traveling southwest, or…
Duration:1 day
The towns of Northeast Tennessee are located just west of the Blue Ridge Parkway, near the Cherokee National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read on for ideas for a great day trip to this area.
Region: Virginia
Duration:2 - 3 days
It would be a challenge for motorcycle riders to find a more beautiful and diversified driving trail than the scenic back roads of Southwest Virginia.