Area Attractions

Attractions listings are courtesy of Patrick County Chamber of Commerce
The Annual Beach Music Festival is held the 2nd weekend in June annually at the Wayside Park, near Stuart, VA. For more information on 2018's event call 276-694-2150. The official name for it is "Hot Fun In The Summertime".
P.O. Box 747,   Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-2150
The Blue Ridge Motel is a historical motel with a retro flare. Built in 1963, that nostalgic feel is still prevalent today. Clean, comfortable, and affordable for all your overnight needs. Blue Ridge Motel – Located adjacent Parkway Milepost 177.7, just 75 yards West on US 58. In addition to our great location, we offer satellite television, electric heat and air conditioning, carpet, tubs & showers. Check out our low rates, free WiFi and clean and quiet rooms. VISA & MC accepted. Open all year. Call (276) 952-2244 for reservations or more information.
Meadows of Dan, VA  24120-9507   276-952-2244
Bob White Covered Bridge was built in 1921 and served as a connection between Route 8 and the Smith River Church of the Brethren. The Bob White Covered Bridge was designed and built by Walter Weaver and is an 80 foot, trussed construction. The bridge can be reached by traveling 1.5 miles south on Route 8, east one mile on Route 618 to Route 869, then south one-tenth of a mile. The bridge was sadly destroyed in the flood of September 2015.
Woolwine, VA    
Come experience the thrill of flying from treetop to treetop at the home of Virginia's highest and longest ziplines! Buffalo Mountain Ziplines offers up to 8 cables taking you as high as 150' above the forest floor and spanning distances of over 2000'. We welcome ages 3 and up! Great for the whole family. Located one mile off of the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 171.5. Buffalo Mountain Ziplines is home to Southwest Virginia's biggest and best zipline! Hickory Ridge Leisure, LLC dba Buffalo Mountain Ziplines. To make reservations or for additional information regarding Buffalo Mountain Ziplines, please call 540-200-5234
P. O. Box 64, Willis, VA 24380,   Floyd, VA  24091   540-200-5234
Virginia's largest winery. A stone's throw from the Parkway, visitors are welcome to tour the facilities, taste the gold medal wines while surrounded by the magnificent beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Chateau Morrisette restaurant plans to reopen in June 2023. Mr. and Mrs. David Morrisette's son, Oshie (A.K.A. Smiley) has graduated from CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in California and is back busily preparing for the restaurant grand opening. There will be traditional and new chef prepared delicacies. For more information, meal options, or to make a reservation, contact Chateau Morrisette at 540-593-9229.
P O Box 766,   Floyd, VA  24091   540-593-2865/540-593-9229
New Dan River Park walking trail under construction.
P. O. Box 35,   Ararat, Va  24053   276-251-1182
Agritourism Sunflower Maze celebrating 18 years! -- Maze open September 28th through November 2nd. We are open "Sunday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Great for school groups or churches. Please, no pets allowed. Service dogs are permitted.
Ararat, VA  24053   276-251-8287
Home of the legendary fairy stones, this park is well known for its 168-acre lake adjoining Philpott Reservoir. The park is just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Attractions include cabins, a campground, group camping, an equestrian campground, a conference center, hiking trails, lake swimming, rowboats, canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, picnicking and two playgrounds, including one in the water.
967 Fairy Stone Lake Dr.,   Stuart, VA  24171   276-930-2424
The annual Meadows of Dan Folk Fair occurs in August. Turn off U. S. Route 58 onto the business 58 and you will find a tremendous celebration with food, crafters, historical demonstrations, Belgian Horse drawn wagon rides.
Meadows of Dan, VA  24120   276-952-2500
Located on U. S. Route 58, at an elevation of 2930 feet, Fred Clifton Park provides breathtaking views of the northern Blue Ridge as well as access to a ridge top forest. A densely wooded area of oaks, maples and sassafras surrounds the picnic and parking areas. This area holds red-eyed vireo, wood thrush, northern cardinal and American goldfinch and in May and September, can support a high diversity of migrant cuckoos, thrushes, vireos, warblers, tanagers and grosbeaks. Butterflies can be found cruising through the picnic area at any time of day, with spicebush swallowtail being especially prevalent. Lovers Leap Scenic Overlook is located adjacent to the park.
Vesta, VA  24117   276-694-8367
Open to the Public. Dewey Hinnant has been named as the course's new golf professional and general manager. (Feb. 2006) He has a great reputation as an instructor, tournament coordinator, and as a professional.
588 Golf Course Road (Mailing Address),   Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-3805
William Letcher's grave is the oldest in Patrick County, VA. He was killed by a British Tory at his doorstep in 1780. He was the great-grandfather of Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, who was born on the family farm called Laurel Hill.
Ararat, VA  24053   276-251-1833
Harold Orchard is located on Willis Gap Road in the community of Ararat, VA. They grow cherries, peaches and apples. "THERE'S NUTTIN' LIKE MOUNTAIN GROWN"
Ararat, VA  24053   276-251-5445
Crossing the Smith River just west of Route 8 about two miles south of Woolwine, this 48-foot span bridge built of oak was constructed in 1914 by Charles Vaughan of the Buffalo Ridge area and designed by Walter Weaver of Woolwine. This historic landmark has been bypassed by a modern bridge but has been preserved by the County for future generations. (Photo by Doug Wilcox)
Woolwine, VA  24185   276-694-8367
This is a picture of the Kibler Post Office took on July 12, 2009 by Tom Bishop. Located on Kibler Valley Road, near the communities of Claudville and Ararat. Directions: Follow Route 103 to the Claudville community and take Route 773, Ararat Highway, then turn on Kibler Valley Road.
Ararat, VA  24053   276-251-5055
One of several spectacular views along your journey through Patrick County. Lovers Leap is located near Fred Clifton Park at Vesta. From the top of the mountain, a breathtaking view of Woolwine, Virginia can be seen.
Vesta, VA  24117   276-694-6012
This is the most photographed location on the Blue Ridge Parkway! It was built in 1910, and the historic water-powered grist mill, sawmill and nearby blacksmith shop provide you with a view of pioneer life along the Parkway. Self-guided tours include a sorghum mill, soap making kettle, and an "old time" whiskey still. Mabry Mill is known for its stone ground grits, cornmeal, and buckwheat flour, which is why travelers and locals alike come back year after year for the Mabry Mill Restaurant's famous buckwheat cakes and country ham, and Virginia barbeque. PLEASE NOTE THE MABRY MILL RESTAURANT IS CLOSED FOR 2024. The Mabry's Mill Gift/Craft Store is stocked with a great selection of handmade gift items and regional crafts and will have bottled water and snacks available for purchase.
Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post #176.1,   Meadows of Dan, VA  24120   276-952-2947
Fresh local produced vegetables, such as tomatoes, brocolli, pop corn, corn meal and much much more!
Ararat, VA  24053   276-251-7322
Tours are given by appointment: call Jim Saunders at 276-952-2516 or email at
Meadows of Dan, VA  24120   276-251-5488
Mayo River Trail has just been constructed in downtown Stuart, VA, just off Commerce Street following the path of the Danville and Western Railway ("Dick and Willie"). This trail is good for walking and bycycling. It has an asphalt smooth level surface. The trail also follows the Mayo River with an additional spur leading to the Landmark Assisted Living Center.
Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-8367
Come visit our working candy factory in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Come see how chocolate is molded into sweet morsels of smooth, velvety candy. Skilled craftspeople and candymakers take special care to insure quality and superior confections. Taste what a difference extra attention makes! Our store will make you feel like royalty as our caring staff will greet you, help you, and educate you during your visit.
P O Box 800,   Meadows of Dan, VA  24120   276-952-2112
The Patrick County Library houses a large collection of books for all ages plus books on tape, videos, DVD's, and music CD's for check-out. There is a Summer Reading Program for children, reference collection, Internet access with print capability and a Wi-Fi hotspot. New Hours: Please check Library Hours due to COVID restrictions in 2020-2021. Monday through Friday, 10 AM until 6 PM Saturday, 10 AM until 2 PM Call 276-694-3352, Ext. 1 for more information.
P O Box 787,   Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-3352
Visitor Information - Maps, brochures, travel guides, real estate magazines, calendar of events, etc. Office Hours are 9 AM to 2 PM Monday through Thursday. Friday by Appointment.
P O Box 577,   Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-6012
Built in 1859, this classic antebellum courthouse presides over the economic hub of Patrick County, the county seat of Stuart. This National Historic Landmark is located on Main Street in the Town of Stuart. (Photo by Tom Bishop, Mar 23 2011)
Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-8367
The Music Association offers monthly MUSIC JAMBOREES at the Rotary Field, Stuart, VA. Doors open at 4PM. Showtime 5PM It is FREE to the public. Acoustic Instruments Only.
P. O. Box 1256,   Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-4232
The Project offers a number of recreational opportunities: lake fishing in Townes and Talbott reserviors; river fishing below Power Plant; hiking and sightseeing. Canoeing - under normal conditions, one white water boating release will be provided below Pinnacles Powerhouse each weekend during July through October. Annually the "Kibler Valley River Run" is sponsored by the Red Bank Ruritan Club of Claudville, Virginia. This event attracts canoeist from throughout the region.
Claudville, VA  24076   276-251-5141
Poor Farmer's Farm is one of the largest and most unique country stores nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Stop by and browse through our country store and check out all our many food and gift items that represent days gone by. Sit a spell on our front porch in our old fashion rocking chairs while enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery. We have jam's and jellies, honey and apple butter, Joyce's home made pie's and fudge, locally grown mountain produce, hoop cheese and foothill sugar cured country hams. For the hot summer months we have hand dipped ice cream. We also have lots of gift's and souvenir's in our unique gift shop. In our home decor section we have country quilts, cookie jar's, cannister sets and Lodge cast iron. We are the country store that has something for everyone! Come check out all the beautiful blooming plants we have in our greenhouse in the spring. In the fall we have mum's. Check out recent addition: JOYCE'S COUNTRY DELI, serving twenty-four specialty sandwiches. May - October - Special Events on our New Front Porch Bluegrass Stage. Annual events posted on our website.
Vesta, VA  24177   276-952-2560
Come to the beautiful community of Meadows of Dan. Here we have sandwiches, ice cream, fresh coffee, souvineers, gasoline, fresh vegetables, apples, peaches, plants and a lot more things you will find of interest. The best banana split to be found anywhere.
2616 JEB Stuart Hwy.,   Meadows of Dan, VA  24120   276-952-2670
A gallery with decorative painting, murals, stain glass, collectibles and accessories. Interior design consultation. We help with color selections and arrangements. Consulting by appointment. Stain Glass repair. At the intersection of Route 8 and Route 40. Winter hours: Open Fridays - 10:00am-5:00pm and Saturdays - 10:00am - 3:00pm. While open there are Artisian Demonstrations occuring.
Woolwine, VA  24185   276-930-2102
Constructed of native stones from the Blue Ridge Mountains, the beautiful rock church is one of the six rock churches built in the first half of the 20th century under the leadership of Rev. Bob Childress. Made famous by the book The Man Who Moved a Mountain by Richard C. Davids (1970), these historic-but-active churches stand as living testimony to the spirit, faith and grit of the mountain people.
Meadows of Dan, VA  24120   (540) 745-9300
Sparks farm is owned and operated by Joe,Judy, and son Joey in beautiful Patrick County, Virginia in the heart of the Blue Ridge. Joe, a long time farmer having grown up on a farm, could never get past not owning and working a farm.
Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-6147
Historic Spencer Penn Centre was formed in 2004 as an education and special events center when the community bought the property after the closing of the public school. Since that time, renovations have brought the property up to modern day standards, while maintaining the historic integrity. Spencer Penn Centre has become a beautiful and versatile venue for hosting all kinds of family and business events. Small and large rooms are available at very reasonable rental rates. Education has always been the goal for Spencer Penn School since 1927 and remains so today. The Hylton Library is free and open to the public and has become a comfortable and inviting place for all who stop in to check out a book or use the children’s room. The Library hosts a six-week reading program each summer that offers fun activities while stressing the love of reading. The Stone Tech Lab is open to the public on Mondays and Thursdays and also is used for the SPICE Tutoring Program. A wide variety of classes are offered throughout the year. Please check the Center’s web site. Summer is usually devoted to children, offering a wide selection for six weeks at very reasonable costs. Spencer Penn is also known for Music Night, always on the second Friday night, with live gospel and toe-tapping bluegrass. Doors open at 5:00 with delicious concessions. We welcome you to stop by and visit the Centre anytime! Services Provided: Rentals, Classes, Library, Storytime, Commercial Kitchen, Membership, Museum, Walking Trail, Ballfield, Playground, Picnic Shelter.
P.O.Box 506,   Spencer, VA  24165   276-957-5757
Primland’s original Virginia dining facility, built atop the old stables, is available seasonally for breakfast or dinner and year-round for private parties and events. The Stables Saloon’s chef and culinary team have created classic and casual menus perfect for a hearty respite after a full day of activities. Casual attire.
Meadows of Dan, VA  24120   276-222-3800
Since 1999, the Stanley family has owned and operated an 11-acre vineyard in scenic, rural Patrick County, Virginia. They added a winery in the fall of 2010 and have been making award-winning wines since.
Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-7074
Learn about the famous churches built of native rock from Carroll, Patrick and Floyd counties in Virginia. All located near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Also, read the book, "The Man Who Moved A Mountain", which tells the story of Rev. Bob Childress.
P. O. Box 140,   Woolwine, VA  24185   276-930-4571
The Stuart Farmers' Market is open in Stuart, VA on Patrick Avenue, Downtown Stuart on Friday mornings (May through November), 8 AM until 12 noon when fruits and vegetables are in season. Look for tomatoes, corn, radishes, squash, onions, potatoes, cut flowers, pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupes, and much more.
Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-3811
"Southwest Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. Supporting tourism and economic development in Southwest Virginia by celebrating and preserving this Appalachian region's unique musical and cultural heritage." Drive up to the Meadows of Dan, VA kiosk an dial 100.1 FM and get a sampling of our heritage music.
Abingdon, VA  24210  
The Hollow History centers mission is to collect, preserve and share the history of that section of Patrick County known as The Hollows.
Ararat, VA  24053   276-251-5853
Stuart is the home of the Strawberry Festival (May), the Virginia State Peach Festival (August) and the Apple Dumpling Festival (October). Located in the town of Stuart are: County Courthouse, County Library, Historical Society, Honduras Coffee Shop, Historic Star Theatre, Downtown farmer market and much more.
PO Box 422,   Stuart, Va  24171   276-694-3811
Hardin William Reynolds and his wife Nancy Jane Cox Reynolds built an elegant, two-story brick home on Rock Spring Plantation near the village of Critz in 1843. Their son R. J. Reynolds, founder of the well known tobacco company, was born here in 1850. Civil War veteran, Major A. D. Reynolds, the father of the founder of Reynolds Metals Company, was born here also along with 14 other children. The original 19th century home, restored in 1970, has been designated a state and national historic landmark. The grounds include both a family cemetery and one of the few marked cemeteries of slaves and their descendants. A modern Continuing Education Center, operated by Virginia Tech, hosts a variety of cultural and educational activities throughout the year. A Virginia Tech Forest Research Center is located on the 717-acre property also.
463 Homestead Lane,   Critz, VA  24082   276-694-7181
The Virginia Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame currently has a liquor still that was seized in Patrick County in December of 1996. We also have on display Anthony Terry's 1935 Ford, Danny Glad's Dodge and one of the Wood Brother's 21 cars. There are lots of events coming up over the next few months not to mention changes at the museum.
P.O. Box 555,   Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-5554
Specializing in local grown peaches and apples. Also, Christmas Trees in season. Many produce items including, watermelons, cantalopes, corn, onions. Tourist information available such as maps and brochures. Just outside the Town of Stuart on U. S. Route 58 4-lane highway. Gasoline and deisel available.
16112 JEB Stuart Hwy.,   Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-4602
Family owned and operated. Local grown apples, peaches, nectarines, cabbage, tomatoes, honey & other assorted produce and canned goods as season permits. Open July - November. Hours: Opens: 9:00 AM, Closes: 6:00 PM
Woolwine, VA   24185   276-930-3515/540-745-3353
Wayside Park is located approximately 3 miles Southeast of Stuart, Virginia. Follow Highway 58 to Route 8, then South on Route 8 to Wayside Road on the left. Providing several festivals during the year. (Home to Hot Fun in the Summertime Beach Music Festival and Bluegrass Festival). Family owned and operated for over 40 years. Shade and 30 amp hook-ups available.
Stuart, VA  24171   276-692-4149
"This VA historical marker is the Westernmost point of the survey of the Virginia-North Carolina border run in 1728 by a joint commission from both colonies led by Colonel William Byrd, II of Westover." Historical Marker U 36
Stuart, VA  24171  
The Willis Gap Community Center Open Jam (every Friday night) at 144 The Hollow Road, Ararat, VA 24053, Affiliated Partner of The Crooked Road Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. A few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway (Mabry Mill), a few miles from Meadows of Dan (Primland Auberge Resort), and a few miles from Mount Airy, NC (Mayberry) the Hometown of Andy Griffith. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and music at 7:00 p.m. with acoustic instruments. We are inviting all ages and skill levels. Fresh slaw/chili hotdogs, chips, candy, cakes, popcorn, sodas, coffee, and bottled water—southern hospitality at its best. Music, food, fellowship, and family-friendly—the 50/50 drawing around 8:30 p.m. Contact info: (276-251-8548), (276 251 5436). E-mail: The Willis Gap Community Center, Golden Oldies, (last Tuesday each month) at 144 The Hollow Road, Ararat, VA 24053. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. with music at 7:00 p.m. of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, Inviting all ages and skill levels. Fresh slaw/chili hotdogs—chips, candy, cakes, popcorn, sodas, coffee, and bottled water. Family-friendly. 50/50 drawing around 8:30 p.m. Contact info: (276-251-8548) (276-251-5436).
Ararat, VA  24053   276-692-6949/276-251-1936
One of the most successful teams in NASCAR history is from Patrick County. The Wood Brothers Racing Museum is located at 21 Performance Drive in Stuart, just 30 minutes from Martinsville Speedway. Wood Brothers Racing is one of the oldest continuously operating teams in NASCAR. In 2003, the team entered a new phase with the introduction of Ricky Rudd as the man behind the wheel of the #21 Motorcraft Racing Ford Taurus. The museum offers guided tours weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m in Stuart, Virginia. .
21 Performance Drive,   Stuart, VA     276-694-2121
Farm Supply, STIHL Power Equipment ---Apple and Peach Orchards. Feed and seed. Official dealer for Stihl chain saws and weed eaters. Fishing supplies including minnows and night crawlers. Two farmhouses for rent to our visitors.
3720 Woolwine Hwy.,   Stuart, VA  24171   276-694-3888