Photo cover: Smith Mountain Lake Community Park
Welcome to the trail-rich landscapes of Franklin County, Virginia, where nature’s symphony unfolds with every step. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker seeking challenging ascents or a leisurely stroller in search of serene pathways, Franklin County offers a tapestry of trails, each promising a journey of discovery in this picturesque corner of Virginia.
Bike or Hike a Park
Nestled amid the Blue Ridge Mountains, this enchanting region invites outdoor enthusiasts to explore a network of trails that weave through lush forests, alongside cascading streams, and to panoramic overlooks. Hikers and Bikers alike can delight in places like Jamison Mill Park, where the 6+ mile interconnected trail system winds along the shores of Philpott Lake. Smith Mountain Lake Community Park offers family friendly trails along Smith Mountain Lake, with access to playgrounds, picnic shelters, and a fishing pier.
Explore Waid Park‘s expansive 500 acres with over 16 miles of diverse trails. From the beginner-friendly “Bike Skills Loop” to the challenging “Skeletor” singletrack and “The Old Buzzard Jumpline,” the park caters to all riders. Enjoy picturesque river views, scenic farmlands, and glimpses of history throughout your journey. Explore the new Pigg River access bridge and disc golf courses, enhancing your journey.
Unique Trails and Experiences
Embark on Franklin County’s Barn Quilt Trail, a colorful journey boasting 97 unique sites and 123 barn quilt squares. Each square adds a touch of rural charm, telling a story of creativity and countryside beauty. Ideal for quilt enthusiasts, art lovers, or those seeking a leisurely drive with picturesque stops, this trail promises a delightful experience.
Discover the history-rich Pet Friendly Trail System with a Storywalk at Booker T. Washington National Monument. Stroll through the lush landscape and the reconstructed 19th-century tobacco farm linked to Washington’s early years. This trail invites reflection on the influential figure’s resilience and legacy, offering a meaningful educational experience with interpretive signs, seamlessly connecting past and present.
Shop, Dine, and Stay
Gear up for your trail adventure at Rock Outdoors Outfitter near Smith Mountain Lake. After your journey, Rocky Mount awaits with post-adventure options, including Living Proof Beer Co., Twin Creeks Distillery, The Alley Cat/Olde Towne Social House, and Rocky Mount Burger Company. Cozy stays can be found at The Claiborne Bed and Breakfast and The Early Inn.