Discovered by European explorers in 1671 and incorporated by William Black in 1798, Blacksburg covers 38.75 acres in the New River Valley of Virginia and consistently receives accolades as one of the best places to live in the country due to the abundance of natural and cultural resources enriching life in the area. Men’s Journal, Retirement Places Rated and The Sporting News have all taken notice of Blacksburg and its resources including golf courses, recreational programs, greenways for hikers, joggers and bikers, Virginia Tech. University (among other educational resources) and much more. Whether staying in the area for business, pleasure or interest in relocation, you’ll quickly see why Blacksburg converts visitors to residents with ease.
Shopping and Dining
Where you’ll go to shop in Blacksburg depends on what you’re looking for and the experience you want to have. Blacksburg’s downtown features many shops with hand made and uniquely crafted items while Patrick Henry Centre on the north side of town and Lowes and Gables Shopping Centers on the south side of town provide more everyday necessities and national brands. Virginia Tech. students are also well served by University Mall Shopping Center just northwest of campus. Don’t forget to check out the local farmers’ market as well.
The broad choice of more than 200 restaurants in Blacksburg ensures pleasure for every palette. A taste of New Orleans awaits guests of Boudreaux’s on Main Street. Just a few doors down Poor Billy’s Sushi Restaurant transports its diners to Japan. Champs Sports Bar and Café, London Underground Pub, Ltd and Big Al’s Sports Bar and Grill provide a more all-American experience. College students and campus visitors should check out Five Guys Burgers and Fries for a classic college student cuisine. Blacksburg is also home to many nationally known names such as Subway, Panera Bread, Pizza Hut and Papa Johns. So go ahead and order appetizers or dessert. In Blacksburg, you’ll find no shortage of ways to work off the calories from a fantastic meal.
Parks and Recreation
Blacksburg Parks and Recreation boasts 20 parks and pathways covering 400 acres in town and another 100 outside of the city, all waiting to be discovered by residents and visitors. A number of community parks and tot lots make up only part of the park system. Golfers, bikers, skaters and swimmers will all find special facilities for their interests hosted through the parks system.
The Municipal Golf Course, known by Blacksburg locals as “The Hill” covers 54 lush acres and provides 9 holes all with stunning views of the mountains. Walkers pay one low fee of $15 on weekends (less on weekdays) to play all day, and cart rental are extremely affordable.
The Skate Park in Blacksburg provides a thrilling venue for riders, skate boarders and in-line skaters with a number of challenging elements including a nine foot drop in area. Park system pathways and greenways include Huckleberry Trail, a 5.762 paved pathway runs between the Blacksburg Library and the New River Mall with plenty of scenery and shade.
The Aquatic Center hosts a number of programs from pre-school to adult swimming lessons, fitness classes, a hot tub and six 25-yard lap lanes for aerobic and competitive swimmers. Free swim is also part of the Aquatic Center schedule. Programs for youth, seniors, athletics and outdoor adventure make up an integral part of the Blacksburg Parks and Recreation system. Whether its playing football, taking a guided kayak tour or wine tasting along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll need to move to Blacksburg to experience it all.
Undeniably, Blacksburg offers a gateway to the outdoor lifestyle not only through its own parks system, but with its proximity to the Appalachian Trail and the Washington-Jefferson National Forest. However, anyone visiting Blacksburg and stopping long enough to browse real estate listings will quickly discover that the active lifestyle offered by Blacksburg incorporates so much more. The downtown, home to more than 160 businesses including restaurants, promotes an academic atmosphere where Virginia Tech students mingle with one of the best-educated work forces in the country. (Blacksburg boasts the highest number of Ph.D.s per Capita outside of Ithica, NY.) A “hot spot” in more ways than one, the city itself has provided mobile connectivity to the internet so that anyone with a wireless connection can connect for free in Blacksburg.
Already home to a thriving arts community, Blacksburg has gained approval and support from the Virginia General Assembly to form an official arts district which will attract and support even more talent and artistic resources for the area. Another attractive Blacksburg establishment, The Inn at Virginia Tech / Skelton Conference Center is a 200,000 square foot hotel and meeting facility with 11 conference rooms, an 8800 square foot ballroom and all the modern technological amenities to create a complete audiovisual experience for attendees at conferences and meetings of all types. The Inn, whether you’re staying for business or pleasure is just another great way to experience Blacksburg while checking out area homes for sale including condos, town homes and single family homes on lots of all sizes.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Montessori, Montgomery County Public Schools, the Blacksburg New School and Virginia Tech all contribute to the atmosphere of learning in Blacksburg. The city is also nationally known for its large contingency of homeschoolers and their mutually supportive community. Also in line with the academic atmosphere of Blacksburg, Montgomery Regional Hospital on Main Street in Blacksburg offers informational and educational programs for community members. From Infant and Toddler talks and moms’ groups to Diabetes and Breast Cancer support groups, the focus is not only healing, but learning.
Unlike many smaller U.S. towns, Blacksburg also features award-winning public transportation through Blacksburg Transit (BT). Buses run routes all over the city and BT also provides a game day shuttle on Virginia Tech. basketball and football game days. Some of their buses even feature wireless internet service, just one more way you can connect in and with this most delightful place to call home.