Outdoor Activities and Recreation

Wythe County, like many communities, is a pleasant place to live. However the breadth of activities available here and the access to the vast array of outdoor activities sets us apart.

Whether you’re into mountain biking, hiking, fishing, trail running, camping, horseback riding, birding, or simply immersing yourself in the grandeur of nature, you won’t find a better place than here in the ridge and valley region of Southwest Virginia. A few of the things that make our outdoors particularly special here are highlighted below:

The New River and New River Trail State Park

The New River, an American Heritage River, is among the oldest rivers on the planet. Unique features includes its northward path and that it is the only non-tidal river to cross the Appalachian Mountains. Although we’re in an east coast state, the New River actually drains into the Gulf of Mexico via the Ohio River and the Mississippi. Just north of here, its whitewater rafting opportunities are legendary. The New River Trail State Park, which is headquartered at Foster Falls in southeastern Wythe County, is a linear “rails to trails” park which offers scenic views as the New meanders through our hills and valleys. Horseback riders and bicyclists are as welcome on the trail as are the strollers, runners, and hikers.

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Among the largest contiguous areas of public lands in the eastern US, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests cross part of Wythe County. Thousands of miles of hiking trails pass through old growth forests. Mount Rogers, Virginia’s Highest point is located in the preserve just southwest of Wytheville. Wildlife ranging from wild ponies to black bears can be seen in abundance throughout the nearly 2 million acre wilderness.

Trails, Camping, and More

From trails that are challenging to leisurely, mountainous to flatland – you’ll find something to match your interests here.

Camping opportunities are equally broad and numerous options are available on public or private land.

For additional details, see this publication from the Town of Wytheville.

Wythe County produced this trails brochure, as well.