The New River Valley sits in the southwestern corner of Virginia and is a naturally beautiful area of the Blue Ridge Highlands south of the Allegheny Mountains. The Valley includes 15 close-knit communities, including Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Pulaski, Floyd, Giles County, and Radford. Each offers its own unique claim to fame, and one-of-a-kind-Virginia culture.
Blacksburg, VA is a small, country town just 40 minutes from the nearest city of Roanoke, VA but also a sophisticated, well-educated community centered around its crown jewel, Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University). In 2011, Southern Living named Blacksburg the ‘Best College Town in the South’ and in 2012 Livabilty.com named Blacksburg among the ‘10 Best College Towns’.
Downtown Blacksburg features more than 150 local restaurants, pubs, shops, galleries and boutiques. It is home to scenic drives, great hiking, camping and biking.
Blacksburg’s uniqueness is well guarded as residents defeated a proposal to build a Walmart in town, concerned how a big-box store would affect small, independently-owned businesses.
In Colonial days, Christiansburg became an important point on the Wilderness Road with an abundance of taverns and rest stops. Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett lived in Christianburg during the town's early years. Today, the town boasts three historic districts: the East Main Street Historic District, the Cambria Historic District, and the South Franklin Street Historic District.
Christiansburg is located within Virginia’s Technology Corridor which highlights prominent universities, the Blacksburg Electronic Village (the Internet’s first community-based computer network), and local businesses that make or use technology-driven products and/or services.
The Town is known as the regional retail hub with the New River Valley Mall, Spradlin Farm, New River Valley Center, and Market Place shopping centers.
Pulaski is a small town of approximately 9,000 residents. She is small but she is mighty offering a variety of cultural and recreational activities such as mountain biking on Draper Mountain, strolling the New River State Trail, or viewing fine art at the Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley.
As season ticket holders we have a blast at the Pulaski Yankee games! A farm league baseball team that seasonally brings our community together! Here's a link to their website for info: https://www.milb.com/pulaski
Many say Floyd is not merely a destination, but ‘a state of mind’. Sitting atop the magnificent Blue Ridge Plateau, Floyd offers an abundance of natural beauty. It is also known for its vibrant culture of music, arts, local foods and wines, and outdoor recreation.
Giles County, VA
Giles County is the location of beautiful Mountain Lake, one of only two natural fresh water lakes in Virginia. Referred to as ‘Virginia’s Mountain Playground’, the county boasts 37 miles of the New River and New River Water Trail and over 50 miles of the Appalachian and the Great Eastern Trail.
In the beginning, Radford was a quiet village near the New River offering food and lodging for travelers heading west. Later, when the railroad moved in, Radford’s population boomed. Today, Radford is the home of Radford University and is recognized for its beautiful scenery and abundance of recreational opportunities, including hiking and boating.
The New River Valley is beautiful any time of year with snow peaked mountains, valleys of wildflowers, and stunning fall color. Plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities abound along with oodles of cultural and historical venues. It is definitely a place you will want to make home!