Tune in and Tear up the Trails in Galax, VA

Take a trip to the “World Capital of Old Time Mountain Music” in southwestern Virginia for some top-notch Bluegrass, brews, and biking. Located just seven miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the charming small town of Galax has plenty of outdoor activities to offer. So tune up your bike, grab your gear, and get ready for an unforgettable day in the saddle. 

For those looking for a flat, easy bike ride, the local section of the 57-mile New River Trail is your best bet. Following an abandoned railroad right-of-way, the trail passes right through Galax, making it easy to hop on and off. Here you can also fish, horseback ride, hike, and camp in primitive campsites. Stop for a picnic at Chestnut Creek Falls, which is a beautiful little waterfall between Galax and Fries Junction on the trail, and a perfect spot to cool off and relax.

If ripping through dirt is your calling, then Matthews State Forest Park is more your flow. Situated just west of Galax, the 566-acre park offers about 8 miles of moderate to difficult singletrack for everyone to enjoy. Hunting and hiking are also popular in this forest, so be sure to review permit and park requirements before your visit. Grayson Highlands State Park offers tons of hiking trails and scenic overlooks less than an hour away from Galax.

If you are short on gear, New River Trail Outfitters is sure to have what you are looking for, and Tizzy Lizzy Dog Grooming & Boutique is the perfect place to take your four-legged family members after a long day outside. Grab a bite and brew at Creek Bottom Brewery, or some hearty barbecue at the iconic Galax Smokehouse. Wine, snacks and food can also be enjoyed at Chapters Bookshop

For some off-the-bike entertainment, catch a music event at the Historic Rex Theater, or shop in many of the unique local shops with one-of-a-kind handmade, artisan items. Learn about local cultural heritage at the Matthews Living History Farm Museum, and be sure to check out the local Farmers Market, open every Thursday and Saturday featuring kids’ activities, music, food trucks, local produce, and handmade items. If this is all music to your ears, head down to Galax for a biking getaway of a lifetime. 

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