Calling all trail riders, road cyclists, and adventure seekers to Franklin County, Va. Explore an area rich in beautiful scenery and culture in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Get your adventure started at Waid Park, a 500-acre park featuring over 15 miles of trails. You’ll ride sections of technical singletrack, river crossings, wooden ramps, and rock gardens, plus you can test your abilities on a jump line, riding skills loop, and more. Along the way, you’ll encounter active farms and the Pigg River Blueway flowing through the park. You can even hop on a section of the Historic Old Carolina Road Trail, a roadway settlers used in the 1700s.
Then head out to Jamison Mill Park for an additional 300 acres and six miles of interconnected loop trails. Located on the sprawling Philpott Lake, you’ll have views for days, plus easy access to a quick cool down in the water. You can even stay at the campground, open from April through October, for easy access to the trails.
If you’re looking for a quick jaunt, the Maurice Turner Trail in the charming town of Boones Mill is the perfect escape into nature. This 1.5-mile path cut through the forest provides easy access to the amenities of town, including Holly Jo’s Creekside Grill for a sizzling burger or Hammer & Forge Brewing Company for a post-adventure drink. Or, if road cycling is more your jam, the Franklin County Freewheelers Bicycle Club can help you find the best back roads around for picturesque views and challenging climbs, including weekly Thursday night rides.
After a day in the saddle, make your way into Rocky Mount for a stop at one of the many dining, drinking, and lodging options with smiling faces ready to greet you at the door. You can’t go wrong with a stop at Rocky Mount Burger Company or Country Barn Restaurant for some much-needed home cooking. Quench your thirst with local spirits from Twin Creeks Distillery, featuring weekly old-time jams. Plan your visit for the second Saturday of the month when the Historic Depot highlights local talent in its Homegrown Music Series. With so much excitement packed into one day, a cozy room at the Early Inn at the Grove is an ideal place to rest and recharge. Adventure is waiting for you in Franklin County, Va.