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There’s only one Wytheville. It’s true, no other town in the world shares this name. But with one visit, guests discover that its name is not the only thing making this destination special. This unique Southwest Virginia town is situated at the crossroads of two major Interstates (I-77 and I-81) and has a history as the perfect, welcoming stop for travelers. Today though, many are discovering this is so much more than a stopover location. Beyond the convenient food and lodging that continue to draw Interstate travelers, there are locally-owned restaurants and shops and unique local attractions. There are trails, parks and rivers, and a picturesque downtown that beckons visitors to stay a while.
Wytheville offers options for a relaxing getaway or an adventurous vacation, for a look back through history or a lookout over mountain vistas, for a welcoming downtown stroll or the thrill of hiking, biking and horseback riding. All in close proximity, Wytheville’s variety of home-grown attractions appeals to those looking for an authentic spot to enjoy.
This classic downtown is chock-full of gems. Five historic museums bring the area’s history to life. Visitors will also find the birthplace of First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson, the second wife of Virginia-born President Woodrow Wilson. She has been called the “secret president” and the “first woman president” by historians. One cannot miss the iconic “biggest pencil in Virginia” on Main Street or a stop at Crepe House & Creamery for a Wiffle Pop, a famously delicious frozen treat.
These classics are joined by a historic bed and breakfast, a boutique hotel (each perfect for a romantic getaway), two new craft breweries, and a host of local shops and eateries. A restored historic movie theatre offers a new entertainment venue, as well. Nearby, the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre has been entertaining audiences for twenty years. This classic venue presents six musical productions each year. And speaking of music, Big Walker Lookout (the oldest privately-owned attraction in Virginia) is home to a series of Mountain Top Music performances, celebrating the roots music born in this region.
Outside of town, the outdoors summons the adventurous to local, state and national recreation areas. Just three miles from downtown the Crystal Springs Recreation Area and Big Survey Wildlife Management Area offer more than 9,000 acres of preserved lands, 13 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and the newly built Terrain Park. Enjoying trails, canoeing, tubing, kayaking and fishing are all popular at the New River Trail State Park & Historic Shot Tower, which includes a 57-mile trail along an abandoned railroad bed beside the historic New River.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy a trip through the winding mountain roads. The Big Walker Mountain National Forest Scenic Byway traverses 16 miles of beautiful mountain roadway. A visit to the Jefferson National Forest, along the Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail or the Claw of the Dragon Motorcycle Trail all offer amazing ways to enjoy this beautiful region, year-round.
Wytheville and Wythe County are all about fun and experiencing incredible attractions that you will only find here in our small but bountiful part of Southwest Virginia.
Due to its stellar location at I-81 and I-77, as well as some divine cuisine, Wytheville has long been known by travelers as THE place to stop and have some great food.