Love quiet little towns? Take a must-see trip to Historic Downtown Hillsville. First stop and try a wonderful early morning breakfast at the Hillsville Diner. Watch Mack prepare everyone’s breakfast while managing to carry on a conversation with just about everyone who comes in. Venture next door afterwards for a history lesson at the Carroll County Historical Museum inside the Historic Carroll County Courthouse, the home of the tragic but famous courthouse shooting in 1912.
Next, hop on the Beaver Dam Creek Trail and make your way down to the brand new labyrinth at the picnic shelter. Head back up to downtown Hillsville to enjoy window shopping at local mercantile stores and grab a quick but delicious lunch. On special nights in the summer, you can catch the Cruise-In and Beach Festival. They are always a blast.
Need a romantic getaway? Stay with Don and Sherri at the Inn and Cottages at Orchard Gap, a lovely B & B off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take in a scenic drive, visit Mabry Mill and a winery or two up the road. Don’t miss a concert at the Blue Ridge Music Center.
Love the outdoors? Check out Lake Ridge RV Resort. Plan to spend a couple nights tent camping and playing around the pool and waterslide. Don’t forget the paddleboats, fishing campfires, roasting hotdogs and making s’mores.
Carroll County offers two unique wineries, or should we say one meadery and one cidery? Head out toward Dugspur to have a taste at Black Snake Meadery and Foggy Ridge Cider. From Dugspur, you can take a scenic back road to Fancy Gap to enjoy a picnic at the Devil’s Den Nature Preserve and visit the array of quaint shops in Fancy Gap.
If you are equestrian enthusiasts, saddle up! Take a half day ride at the newly established Crooked Creek Equine/Recreation Trail. This trail is the first of its kind in the state. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has designated this 10.6 mile loop trail that surrounds the Crooked Creek Wildlife Management Area as a multi use recreation trail using existing state maintained dirt surfaced roads.
Looking for a longer equestrian adventure? Head ‘em out to Kanawha Valley Arena in Dugspur for a week-long wagon train. Kanawha Valley Arena is host to many seasonal events ranging from horse shows, bull rides, and truck pulls. They have. a little something for everyone. It is a “must see” place with a guaranteed good time.
August is the perfect month for some time in the mountains and in the water. Try BlueCat Outfitters for an early morning bike ride, then a guided fishing trip or maybe a canoe, kayak, or tubing adventure. All these activities are along one of the world’s oldest rivers, the New. BlueCat has it all. All you have to do is show up and enjoy some cool mountain style fun. You won’t want to miss the Carroll County Agricultural Fair the last week in August! You’ll enjoy exhibits, livestock shows, midway rides, Old Time and Bluegrass music, dance contests, tractor pulls, and much more.
With the turning of the season, September draws record crowds to Hillsville for its annual Gun Show and Flea Market on Labor Day weekend. It is packed with deals, people and food galore. You just have to come see it to believe it. If you get tired of fighting the thousands of people and standing in line for a delicious polish sausage, you should checkout some local fare such as the new Cabo Mexican Grill in the former historic Guynn Hardware store or our new Mile High Burger Company located in the former Nuckoll’s Drug. Both great eats!
Before you leave the area, be sure you visit “pick your own” orchards Levering and Berrier for some seasonal apples and peaches. After visiting the orchards and getting your fruit fresh from the tree, your next stop is to collect some locally grown produce at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market off I-77 Exit 14.
If you’re here in October, the climate is perfect and the colors of autumn are painting the mountain sides. It is still warm enough for outdoor activities. The peak colors of fall are brilliant against the crystal clear blue sky. It has to be a little touch of heaven on earth. Anytime of the year is a good time to visit Carroll County. Call the tourism office today for help in planning your trip! 276-730-3100