Wytheville, VA

Wytheville is a true original, not just because it’s the only town in the country fortunate enough to bear that name but also because of its stunning landscape, which includes majestic mountains, sparkling waters, and rolling hills. No doubt about it – a trip to this memorable and striking town in Southwest Virginia always leaves visitors wanting more!

An Outdoor Adventure Awaits in Wytheville

You would expect an area that includes the second oldest river in the world to have an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities…and you’d be right. There are plenty of waters to fish in from creeks and ponds, to lakes and rivers and hundreds of acres of forest for traditional hunting or viewing the beautiful scenery, plants, trees, and native animal life. For those who enjoy camping and hiking in Virginia, there are a variety of locations from primitive sites to those with all the conveniences.

The area includes local, state, and national parks that offer recreational experiences for all ages and abilities. Scenic drives are abundant and several back roads drives are noted on the Wythe County map. Many are ideal for the bicyclist or motorcycle rider as well as for those in automobiles.


Beagle Ridge Herb Farm/Flying Flowers at Beagle Ridge
Address: 1934 Matney Flats Rd
Wytheville, VA 24382
Phone: 276-621-4511

Southwest Virginia's premiere Lavender farm.Our 14 theme display gardens showcase herb and perennial collections. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy tea on the patio and watch the hummingbirds feast on the flowers. The gardens are alive with colorful plants, butterflies and birds. Walk through Flying Flowers, southwest Virginia's only walk through butterfly house. Take a guided tour with Lick Mountain Excursions or hike the trails up to Crystal Springs Recreation Area

Hours M-F: M-W Closed 10AM-5PM Th-FRI
Hours Sat-Sun: 10AM-5PM
Blue Springs Trout Fishing
Address: 298 Blue Springs Road
Rural Retreat, VA 24368
Phone: 276-621-4238

Blue Springs Trout Fishing offers trophy trout fishing on three different sections of stream all on Cripple Creek in southwest Virginia.The stream sections are stocked daily with trophy size trout from 2 to 10 pounds & larger.Offering all species of trout for your trophy trout fishing pleasure.No restrictions on type of bait or tackle you can fly or bait fish by appointment only.Offer lodging on one section with camping on all three sections.

Cedar Springs Fish Farm/Sportsman Lodge
Address: 5158 Cedar Springs Road
Rural Retreat, VA 24368
Phone: 276-617-1705

At Cedar Springs Trout Farm we hatch and raise our own rainbow, brook, golden and brown ttrout. Our trout are healthy, delicious and firm-textured because they are raised in gravel-bottom raceways with flowing water and fed a high protein diet. Trophy trout fishing in 2.1 miles of sparkling clear Cripple Creek mountain water with a brand new spacious lodge to provide great secluded vacation accommodations Come fish for a day, or stay in our Sportsman's Lodge. We also offer live pick up and delivery for stocking and fish by the pound.

Hours M-F: 7AM-6PM Reservation Required
Hours Sat-Sun: 7AM-6PM Reservation Required
Address: 2800 Big Valley Drive
Draper, VA 24324
Phone: 866-980-4653

Full scale 18 hole Public Golf Course and Residental Community. Driving range and restaurant on premises. Rated one of best values by Golf Digest. Beautiful Mountain Views and plush grounds.

Hours M-F: Seasonal 7AM-7PM
Hours Sat-Sun: Seasonal 7AM-7PM
Fort Chiswell Animal Park
Address: 569 Red Hollow Road
Max Meadows, VA 24360
Phone: 276-637-6754

Fort Chiswell Animal Park is the largest zoo in Southwest Virginia and provides one of the most interactive animal experiences you will find anywhere in the State! The 45 acre zoo is home to animals from six continents and is conveniently located less than three miles off Exit 80 on I-81/I-77. In the Petting Zoo you'll get the chance to pet and feed goats, llamas, and deer. You can throw peanuts to the monkeys or snap a photo of the zoo's wallaby family. The hands-on fun moves to a whole new level when you board the Safari Bus for a guided ride through the Outback. The Safari Bus Tour is the highlight of the Fort Chiswell Animal Park experience and brings you nose-to-nose with camels, zebra, ostrich, antelope, buffalo, and more! It's the zoo where the animals WANT to see you--so don't forget your camera! You're invited to come take a ride on the wild side and experience a place you'll never forget.

Hours M-F: April 5-21 Closed Mon-Thurs Open 10AM-5PM on Fridays April 26-Labor Day Mon-Fri 10AM-5PM Labor Day-Dec 1 Closed Mon-Th Fridays 10AM-5PM
Hours Sat-Sun: April 5-April 21 10AM-5PM April 26-Labor Day 10AM-5PM Labor Day-Dec 1 10AM-5PM
Historic Shot Tower
Address: 283 Pauley Flatwoods Rd
Austinville, VA 24312
Phone: 276-699-6778

Overlooking the New River, Shot Tower was built more than 200 years ago to make ammunition for the firearms of the early settlers. Lead from the nearby Austinville Mines was melted in a kettle atop the 75-foot tower and poured through a sieve, falling through the tower and an additional 75-foot shaft beneath the tower into a kettle of water. Guests may ascend the tower, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Interpretive signs provide details on the tower. Grounds are open from dawn until dusk. The parking lot is open year-round. The tower is open on scheduled days in the summer. Admission to the tower is free, however the daily parking fee applies. Group tours are also available.

Hours M-F: Dawn-Dusk
Hours Sat-Sun: Dawn-Dusk
Raven Cliff Campground & Picnic Area
Address: 1017 Gleaves Rd
Ivanhoe, VA 24350
Phone: 800-628-7202
Visit Website: www.fs.usda.gov

Twenty camping units with picnic tables, grills, parking, picnic shelter and fishing. Creek for fishing or wading.

Appalachian Outdoor Adventures – New River Fishing Guide Service
Address: 485 Pleasent Pine Drive
Max Meadows, VA 24360
Phone: 434-547-7344

Full-service guide specializing in float fishing for trophy New River smallmouth and musky.

New River Trips LLC
Phone: 276-235-2514

Guided fly fishing float trips and spin fishing float trips on the New River.

White Blaze Outdoors
Phone: 276-356-7068

Educational hiking and biking tours from Wytheville, VA to Erwin, TN. Gear, transportation, water, and snacks included. Discounts for groups and families.

Feels like: 21°F
Wind: 1mph W
Humidity: 58%
Pressure: 30.36"Hg
UV index: 0

Coming Events

Sep 18

New River Trail Challenge Triathlon

September 18 @ 12:00 am