Your Next Family Destination is Wytheville, Virginia

Your Next Family Destination is Wytheville, Virginia

Your Next Family Destination
is Wytheville, Virginia

by Hannah Lusk

There’s no place quite like Wytheville, Virginia. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains where Interstates 77 and 81 meet, Wytheville is rich in history and teeming with activities for every type of adventurer.

If your family enjoys nature, you’ll be in paradise when you visit Wytheville. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and discover a town that we’re sure you’ve seen in passing. From hiking, biking, and water activities to historic museums, gardens, and unique shops, there is no shortage of family fun, in Wytheville… There’s Only One!

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When planning your escape to Wytheville, book a stay at one of our charming lodging options.

We have multiple nationwide chains, one-of-a-kind boutique hotels like The Bolling Wilson Hotel, or bed and breakfasts like Trinkle Mansion Bed & Breakfast. No matter which accommodation you choose, you will be met with a relaxing atmosphere and wonderful amenities the whole family will enjoy.

If you want to get closer to the beautiful nature that makes Wytheville stand out, consider staying at one of our multiple campgrounds and RV parks. Wytheville’s KOA Holiday is perfect for adults and children alike. Nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains, the KOA campground is unlike any other in the country. Fishing, mini-golf, bowling, water slides, and updated campsites are just a few of the dozens of amenities this campground has to offer. A new Conestoga covered wagon experience will delight even the youngest in the family. 

Wytheville Koa Wagon
Wytheville Airstream Inn

Outdoor Activities

Wytheville is all about experiencing the unique and incredible features of southern Virginia. During your stay, there are several outdoor attractions that are must-sees for your family.

Crystal Springs Recreation Area is one of those attractions. The park is located on 1,800 acres of Wytheville property where you can enjoy a variety of activities such as hiking, mountain biking, primitive camping, and more. Don’t forget to pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic at one of the area’s picnic spots. There are informational signs and a Kids in Parks Track Trail virtual program if your family is new to hiking or would like to learn about the area while you take in the beauty of the native flora and fauna.

Among the area’s top attractions is the Jefferson National Forest. Atop Big Walker Mountain, you will find the oldest and highest private scenic attraction in Virginia standing at an elevation of 3,405 feet – the Big Walker Lookout. The lookout features an observation tower, swinging bridge, a Country store, and is a Virginia Birding trail site. Not to mention the panoramic views you will experience of surrounding mountains and nearby farmland.

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Another one-of-a-kind attraction is the New River Trail State Park. This is a 57-mile linear park that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way, as part of the area’s “rails to trails” initiative. The park parallels the historic New River – the world’s second oldest river – for 39 miles and passes through three counties.

New River Trail has a gentle slope, which makes it great for visitors of all ages to hike, bike and ride horseback. Within the park you will find boat launches, gift shops, a horse arena, and Foster Falls which offers canoe and bike rentals. The newly opened Inn at Foster Falls features ten luxurious guest rooms, wrap around porches complete with rocking chairs, which makes this the only State Park in Virginia to offer an Inn. This historic property has played many roles throughout its life but has been lovingly revived to its former glory as a beautiful hotel overlooking the New River.

Biking and Hiking in Virginia - New River Trail Bike in Wytheville
Wytheville Inn Foster Falls

Fishing is popular at the park and throughout the entire region. With the abundance of creeks, lakes, and rivers, Wytheville is the perfect area for the favored activity of fly fishing. Cast a line from the bank of New River or on waterways like Rural Retreat Lake or Cripple Creek.

Aside from the native wildlife you are sure to see while spending time outdoors, there are other locations where you can enjoy animals. Fort Chiswell Animal Park is the largest zoo in Southwest Virginia at 45 acres. This park is home to animals from six continents. Visit the petting zoo to feed goats, llamas, and deer. Board the Safari Bus for a guided ride through the Outback, getting an up-close view of camels, zebra, ostrich, antelope, buffalo, and more.

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Wytheville Fort Chiswell Animal Park Kids

Historic Sites

For the history buffs in your group, you must see the numerous historic sites and museums that make Wytheville a one-of-a-kind destination.

You can’t miss the birthplace and childhood home of First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson, President Woodrow Wilson’s wife. Born and raised in Wytheville, Edith is a descendant of Pocahontas and the only Appalachian-born First Lady. The museum tells the story of her life and the important role she played during World War I.

The Thomas J. Boyd Museum is the place to go if you want to learn all about the history of the people and places of Wythe County. Their collection includes Wytheville’s first fire truck, early farming equipment, Civil War displays, artifacts from the mining industry, as well as the Summer Without Children exhibit, showcasing the impact the 1950 Polio epidemic had on Wytheville.

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Wytheville Fort Chiswell Animal Park Kids

The African-American Heritage Museum showcases photos, stories, and artifacts which tell the story of African American education in Wythe County.  Located in the historic Wytheville Training School, this non-profit organization was established in 2000 to preserve the building and its history dating back to 1882 when it was constructed.

Experience Native American life when you visit Wolf Creek Indian Village & Museum. This reconstructed Native American village has tour guides available that can walk you through the area and educate you on the fascinating history of Wolf Creek Indian life from the 1500’s.

The latest addition to Wytheville’s collection of museums is the Jackson-Umberger Homestead Museum. This nine-acre complex is home to multiple structures dating to the 1700s, the Wythe County Decorative Arts Museum as well as a restored gas station that houses the Great Lakes to Florida Highway Museum.

You can discover many more historic sites on our website.

Edith Bolling Museum - Things to do in Wytheville VA
Wytheville Fort Chiswell Animal Park Kids

Gardens & Farms

While the area’s history helps Wytheville stand out, the area’s agriculture is another feature that is unlike any other place you’ve visited. Experience herb farms, berry farms, orchards, vineyards and wineries throughout the area.

Beagle Ridge Herb Farm is a premiere lavender farm in Southwest Virginia, but also showcases many other herb and flower gardens. Visit the farm and take a peaceful stroll through the scenic gardens or enjoy tea on the patio while butterflies and birds dance across the sky. The new outdoor café will feature pizza ovens for DIY pizzas topped with herbs of your choosing from the gardens.

Henley Mountain Berry Farm is a popular attraction in the summer months. The farm offers u-pick blueberries, as well as a variety of homemade blueberry products.

West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery is located on a fourth generation homestead only minutes from the New River. They offer an array of gourmet snacks, soaps, candles, home gifts, and wine, of course!

Edith Bolling Museum - Things to do in Wytheville VA
West Wind Wytheville

Shopping, Dining & Family Fun

After a day filled with outdoor adventure and history, enjoy some quality family time with a visit to Wytheville’s eclectic shops, a bite to eat at one of the delicious dining options, a craft beer at a brewery, a show at one of the theaters, or a round of bowling.

Located in the heart of Wytheville is the historic Millwald Theatre. Built in 1928, this venue has recently been restored to its original splendor and has reopened its doors for a new generation of entertainment seeking audiences. A lineup that includes concerts, comedians and classic movies is sure to delight the entire family.

Virginia’s only all-musical dinner theater, Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre also calls Wytheville home. Experience a four-course meal before seeing a Broadway-style, show-stopping musical.

Don’t forget to also check out Cross Roads Social House, a family entertainment center with 14 bowling lanes, laser tag, an arcade, billiards, darts, a trampoline jump zone, party rooms, a restaurant and bar, and an outdoor patio. Everyone in the family is sure to stay entertained here!

Whether you’re in the market for antiques, furniture, apparel, jewelry, or art – or you just like to browse – you can find everything you’re looking for in Wytheville with the variety of shops.

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You won’t go hungry while in Wytheville. The town has an abundance of dining options from locally owned restaurants to chain spots. Grab breakfast before you head out on a hike, pick up a to-go lunch to enjoy by the lake, or stop for dinner after a day full of adventure with the family.

No matter what time of year you visit Wytheville, there is always something to do. Other than the pristine nature that surrounds our area, we have an abundance of events throughout the year to keep you entertained. When you visit during the Summer, plan your trip around one of these events, like the Chautauqua Festival in June. You can find details and additional events on our website.

We know that you’ve seen us in passing and now we invite you to explore beyond the exits and get to know us better. We guarantee you’ll love Wytheville… There’s Only One!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know with all things Wytheville when planning your getaway! We can’t wait to have you.

Wytheville Downtown View

New River State Park Adds to Outdoor and Lodging Options

New River State Park Adds to Outdoor and Lodging Options

New River Trail State Park Adds to Outdoor and Lodging Options

by Colette Boehm

Park adds to unique recreational and lodging options in Wytheville

Long known as an easily accessible destination, Wytheville, Virginia, is one-of-a-kind. There’s no other place named Wytheville and there is no place with such a unique collection of attractions that celebrate the arts and the culture of the region.

Located at the intersection of Interstates I-77 and I-81, Wytheville gained fame long ago as a convenient stop for travelers. Now it is a favorite destination for those who enjoy both the hometown atmosphere of its classic downtown and homegrown attractions as well as the easy access to outdoor adventure. The unique lodging options here round out the reasons to visit Wytheville for a one-of-a-kind getaway. This year, new facilities are adding to the options.

Wytheville Inn Foster Falls Room
Wytheville Inn Foster Falls Sitting

New River Trail State Park (116 Orphanage Drive, Max Meadows, Virginia 24360; 276-699-6778) is a shining star of the region’s outdoor amenities. This exceptional linear park encompasses more than 1,200 acres and is home to 31 bridges and two tunnels. Its 57-mile stretch follows the former Norfolk and Western rail corridor along the New River. One of the most popular locations in the park, Foster Falls, is near Wytheville in an area known for its natural beauty.

After more than 50 years, a 19th century hotel in the park is coming back to life. It has been completely renovated and reopened as a 10-bedroom boutique hotel. The Inn at Foster Falls has the distinction of being the only inn in the Virginia State Park system.

Wraparound porches will provide uninterrupted views of the New River and state park below. The restoration has been painstakingly undertaken to bring the long-abandoned structure to new life, preserving a sense of place that celebrates the region and the park’s character. The design team used vintage photographs of the hotel and orphanage to capture the appearance of the roofline and porch.

Many of the park’s bridges are also getting upgrades this year, ensuring the longevity of its signature New River Trail, popular for hiking, biking and horseback riding. There are amenities for equestrians as well as a boat and bike livery at Foster Falls. The livery provides rental bicycles, kayaks, canoes and float tubes, as well as shuttle services. A boat ramp allows river access for anglers, as well, and the fishing here is legendary. Target species include walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, muskellunge, panfish and more.

Wytheville Inn Foster Falls
Wytheville Inn Foster Falls Porch
Wytheville Inn Foster Falls Food

The Discovery Center at Foster Falls has an indoor theater, aquariums, terrariums and mounted wildlife displays. Educational programs and activities, including crafts, touch tables, critters in the creek, film viewing and more, are held here throughout the year.

Nearby, the Shot Tower, one of the park’s most significant attractions, overlooks the New River. The tower was built more than 200 years ago to make ammunition for the firearms of the early settlers. Lead from nearby mines was melted in a kettle atop the 75-foot tower and poured through a sieve, falling through the tower and into the water below. Guests may ascend the tower, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Note that many of the park’s amenities close seasonally, opening on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from April to Memorial Day, seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day and Fridays and again on weekends from Labor Day through October.

More outdoor adventure can be found at Crystal Springs Recreational Area (723 Pump Hollow Lane, Wytheville, Virginia 24382; 276-223-3378), which comprises 1,800 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its trail system includes two loops and a connector trail. Hikers enjoy views of Sand Mountain on a seven-mile trail, or a shorter option, along a creek and reservoir. This is also a popular mountain biking spot. A Terrain Park includes launch ramps, balance beams, domes and rain drops as well as more advanced features. The design makes a minimal impact on the environment by using natural features like boulders and inclines.

There is a full slate of trails to explore in the region, from easy morning hikes to quite challenging treks for those looking for excitement. For guided trips, White Blaze Outdoors (276-356-7068) offers guided nature hikes and overnight hikes on some of the region’s beautiful trails, and also provides hiker/biker shuttles.

Unique Lodging Options

When the Inn at Foster Falls opens, it will join an eclectic list of unique lodging options in Wytheville, including:

The Bolling Wilson Hotel (170 E. Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382; 276-223-2333), part of the Ascend Hotel Collection, features 30 luxurious guest rooms and is located in the heart of Wytheville. The hotel pays homage to first lady and native daughter Edith Bolling Wilson with themed floors and impeccable service.


Trinkle Mansion Bed and Breakfast (525 West Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382; 276-625-0625) has been named in the top 10 in the country in Trip Advisor reviews. This beautiful historic home features four guest rooms and a garden cottage.

The Airstream Inn (245 Queens Knob Road, Wytheville, Virginia 24382; 276-284-0017) is a vintage 1971 27-foot Airstream Excella nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It offers a nostalgic experience with panoramic views.

Wytheville Airstream Inn

For a more rustic stay, one of the many nearby cabin and cottage rentals will offer the perfect solution and Wytheville’s full range of hotel properties in every price range rounds out the options.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

November 4 – December 23, 2022

Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre presents “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

 This heartwarming tale is brought to life through the singing of your favorite holiday tunes. Fun for the whole family and complete with a nativity scene, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” will leave you with the spirit of the season!

888-950-3382 / 276-223-0891

Horror-Filled Haunted Houses and Attractions

Horror-Filled Haunted Houses and Attractions


The spooky sights and sounds in the post-apocalyptic maze of hallways and rooms at the award-winning Helheim Haunted Attraction will send you running for the hills! The 2022 season is expected to be their biggest and best yet. Follow them on Facebook for updates on dates, tickets, and more.

If you’ve ever wanted to experience a “real” haunted house, look no further than Haunted Graham Mansion, located just outside of Wytheville in Max Meadows, Virginia. This historic mansion was officially deemed haunted by the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and has become one of the area’s haunt-season hot spots. You can experience a spook-filled time at the mansion every Friday and Saturday night from September 30th through October 29th.

Another unique, can’t-miss experience is Dinner with a Ghost at the 1870 Octagon Mansion History Museum, which is known for having active paranormal activity. The evening begins with champagne and a delicious 4-course, chef-prepared gourmet meal. Guests then take part in a fascinating two-hour paranormal investigation, complete with digital audio recorders, alarms, REM-pods, motion detectors, K-2 Meters, and DVR cameras.

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Wytheville Octagon
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