Calling all hikers, road cyclists and adventure seekers in Franklin County, Virginia. Explore an area rich in beautiful scenery and culture in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start your adventure at Waid Park, a 500-acre park with over 15 miles of trails. You’ll navigate technical singletrack sections, river crossings, wooden ramps, and rock gardens, and can test your abilities on a jump line, riding skills loop, and more. Along the way, you’ll come across working farms and the Pigg River Blueway that runs through the park. You can even jump over a section of the Old Carolina Historic Traila road used by settlers in the 1700s.
Then go to Jamison Mill Park for an additional 300 acres and six miles of interconnecting loop trails. Located on expansive Lake Philpott, you’ll have views for days, plus easy access to a quick chill in the water. You can even stay at the campsite, open from April to October, for easy access to the trails.
If you’re looking for a quick getaway, the Maurice Turner Trail in the charming town of Boones Mill is the perfect escape into nature. This 2.5km path cut through the forest provides easy access to town amenities including Holly Jo’s Creekside Grill for a sizzling burger or Hammer & Forge Brewery for a drink after the adventure. Or, if road cycling is more your jam, the Franklin County Freewheelers Bike Club can help you find the best back roads for scenic views and challenging climbs, including weekly Thursday evening rides.
After a day in the saddle, head to Rocky Mount for a stop at one of the many restaurants, bars and accommodations with smiling faces ready to greet you at the door. You can’t go wrong stopping at Rocky Mount Burger Company Where Country barn Restaurant for essential home cooking. Quench your thirst with local spirits from Twin Creeks Distillery, with weekly old-fashioned jams. Plan your visit for the second Saturday of the month when the Historic Depot showcases local talent in its Local Music Series. With so much excitement in a single day, a cozy room at the First Inn at the Grove is an ideal place to rest and rejuvenate. Adventure awaits in Franklin County, Virginia.