Inspired by the natural beauty of Floyd County, creative juices flow freely with the music, food and spirits. There is at once a strong sense of independence and yet abounding opportunities to share, learn, have fun and relax. Floyd County is an integral part of The Crooked Road: Virginia Heritage Music Trail and Round the Mountain, a network of artisans in southwest Virginia. Here are but a few of the special places and people in Floyd County. For more info on visiting Floyd, see www.VisitFloydVa.com

Arts, a Growing Sector in Floyd County

Floyd County also has a strong artist community with scores of studios, including the 16-Hands Studio Tour of pottery artists each May and November and the Floyd Artisan Trail each June with more than 60 participating artists and artisans. The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd is a regional center for rural creativity and features a gallery, arts businesses, classes and events. Many local stores feature Floyd-made glass, pottery, quilts, and furniture. The Floyd Woman’s Club Arts and Crafts Show held the first weekend in October fills the high school’s gyms and grounds with scores of vendors and thousands of visitors. Floyd is also a major part of Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network.

16 Hands

“In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains there is an enclave of craftsmen who have solidified deep friendships as well as a network of creative, technical, and professional support over the past 25 years. Drawn to the area by its beauty and tranquility, with much determination, they established working studios, vital careers and a way of life.”
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logo_BRCCMBlue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine

“The Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine opened in June 2006, providing a cohesive home for the practice of ‘family style’ Chinese Medicine and Internal martial arts. Our clinic offers acupuncture, Tuina, and Craniosacral therapy . . . martial arts classes – Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Taiji, and Qigong.
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logo_jacksonvillecenterThe Jacksonville Center for the Arts

The Jacksonville Center is a community arts center in Floyd, Virginia, located in a re-purposed dairy barn, just miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. “The Jax” celebrates and facilitates regional arts through classes, exhibits, community receptions and more. See more at: jacksonvillecenter.org


Hospitality & Event Sites, a Growing Sector in Floyd County

There is a range of housing options in the County, from stately historic homes in or near Town, to farmhouses or custom-build log or timber frames on hilltops or along the Little River, to “net-zero” homes in the new Floyd Eco-Village, to recently renovated downtown apartments.

logo_ChantillyFarmChantilly Farm

Chantilly Farm is an outdoor special events venue located in the beautiful rolling hills of Floyd County, Virginia. From small gatherings to larger scale festivals and concerts, the venue serves as host to a wide variety of events.


 

Floyd County Lodging

There are many great lodging options in Floyd County, from many wonderful Bed & Breakfasts to lodges to camping to private cabins. Check them out here.


 

logo_hotelfloydHotel Floyd

A Virginia-Green lodging establishment, The newly-expanding “Hotel Floyd offers travelers and visitors a restful retreat with all the modern amenities for a comfortable, pleasurable stay” in downtown Floyd. See also the many other accommodations in Floyd County. In conjunction with the Floyd Eco-Village, Hotel Floyd also offers conference and event facilities.


 Wall Residences

“was formed in 1995 with the purpose of providing individualized support to people who have significant support needs. Making Life Better Together. . . services to individuals with a diagnosis of intellectual disabilities, mental illness and/or a developmental disability.”
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Music, a Growing Sector in Floyd County

A touchstone of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail and the Round the Mountain Artisan Trail, Floyd is home to diverse music icons like the Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store (bluegrass and old-time music), Floydfest (world-music festival), Chateau Morrisette Winery’s Blues and Jazz festivals, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival (classical music), Chantilly Farm’s Bluegrass and BBQ Festival, and the Floyd YogaJam. Floydfest, for example, is a 4-day music extravaganza with eight stages and 15,000 people. Music is part of life in Floyd, with live music 5 days a week downtown and diverse music lessons available to children and adults alike, including a Music Lab.

FloydFest

“For five glorious July days of the year, this quiet 80-acre plateau off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway is transformed into a temporary ‘burb of musical aficionados.”
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Floyd Country Store

“Friday night is always music night at the Floyd Country Store with weekly music events on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Check our schedule for our additional special events such as Old Time Dances, our live Radio Show, films, talks and presentations.”
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Recreation, a Growing Sector in Floyd County

Recreational opportunities abound in and around Floyd. The County is traversed by nearly 40 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a biking and hiking mecca. The Blue Ridge Parkway is only six miles from the heart of Floyd and its only stoplight. Along this stretch of the Parkway are Rocky Knob and Smart View Recreational Areas, Rock Castle Gorge National Recreational Area, and Mabry Mill which is the most photographed site on the Parkway.  The highest point in the County (at 3,971 feet) is Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve, which is a large forested area with hiking trails and a panoramic view.

Other recreational opportunities within 50 miles include the New River, Fairy Stone State Park, Jefferson National Forest, Dixie Caverns, Smith Mountain Lake, Mountain Lake, Claytor Lake, Philpott Lake, the New River Trail, and The Appalachian Trail.

Blue Ridge Parkway

“Experience America’s Favorite Drive” and a haven for cyclists and hikers. There are about 40 miles of the Parkway running along the southern border of Floyd County.
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Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve

“Buffalo Mountain is one of the most significant natural areas in Virginia. It boasts an amazing 13 rare plant occurences, 3 rare animal occurrences, and 6 significant natural communities. The combination of high-elevation (3,971 feet), wind-exposed openings at the summit, and magnesium rich soils make it unlike any place else in the Commonwealth.” The panoramic view from the top is the best in Floyd County!
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