16 Homegrown Attractions in Wytheville, VA
During your travels through the Southeast, you’ll want to spend a few days here in our charming small town tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Take in the scenic views and get inspired by visiting one (or many) of the unique attractions in Wytheville.
Virginia’s oldest private scenic attraction, Big Walker Lookout is definitely worth a stop. They’ve been here since 1947 and attract visitors from all over the country each year. You’ll find the Lookout Tower and Country Store surrounded by hiking, motorcycle, and biking trails. Climb the observation tower for excellent views of the mountains and valleys of western Virginia. Enjoy live music, hand-dipped ice cream and country fresh fudge while you relax.
The beautiful sight of rolling mountain pastures is enough reason to stop here, but this locally owned and operated farm also offers the opportunity to interact with alpacas! Some lucky visitors are also able to collect eggs from their free-range chickens or observe honey bees busy at work. Shop their boutique for plenty of alpaca-themed merchandise, including a variety of yarn choices from their very own herd. Due to the ever-changing nature of farming, you’ll need to book an appointment in advance to experience the fun at this family farm.
This non-profit community organization was established in 2000 to preserve the historic Wytheville Training School. The building itself was constructed in 1882 for African American children and was in operation until 1952. You’ll find a children’s library showcasing achievements, photos, stories, and memorabilia telling the history of education of African Americans in Wythe County. Admission is free and it’s a great education opportunity for the entire family.
Known for their lavender, herbs, and butterflies – you’ll be glad you took a break to stop at this beautiful nature education center. They offer classes for crafts, gardening, cooking and more. You’ll also find a beautiful butterfly house and 16 varieties of lavender while you’re there! This is truly a great spot for nature-lovers looking to learn ways to conserve all aspects of the outdoors.
This fourth-generation homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains welcomes motorists, hikers, picnic lovers and wine connoisseurs year-round. Make sure to try their small batch, family-crafted wine while you’re there. They planted their grapes in 2003 but their family roots date back more than a century! Their winery and tasting room are easily accessible from I-81 and I-77.
This entertainment center welcomes people of all ages to gather for family fun. They offer 14 lanes for bowling, an arcade arena, jump zone, and a great menu! Your family road-trip deserves the excitement found at the Crossroads Social House.
As First Lady in the White House during World War I, Edith Bolling had an often overlooked, yet vital role in history during the Woodrow Wilson presidency. Visit this museum to tour the historic Bolling Family Home to learn how her early life in Wytheville, Virginia prepared her for life as First Lady. You’ll also learn how she became known as “The Secret President” and “The First Woman President.”
This exciting zoo has it all! As you enter, you’ll walk through a petting zoo full of smaller animals ready to welcome you to the area. As you continue, the adventure gets even better with the Safari Bus. It is a true reversal of the zoo concept – you’re the one in the cage and the animals roam freely. Make friends with a camel or ostrich while making memories that will last a lifetime. You can purchase admission tickets at arrival and no reservations are required to enjoy the fun at the most interactive zoo in Virginia.
If you’re a fan of hiking, you’ll love the trails at Crystal Springs Recreation Area! Discover Mother Nature at her best while exploring the terrain of the Blue Ridge Mountains full of wildlife and scenic views. Bring your bikes for a mountain bike adventure or plan a picnic and relax while you’re in Wytheville.
Built in 1928, the Millwald Theatre recently underwent a complete historic renovation and is a must-see for history lovers. The theatre, located in the heart of downtown Wytheville, offers movies and live music year-round for all age groups to enjoy. Check out their website for showtimes and plan a night you won’t forget.