Mother Earth News magazine’s “Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of” list features Floyd, Virginia as one of those places. Set aside a day trip while vacationing at Smith Mountain Lake and visit this wonderful place. Known for folk music, craftsmen, wineries, and artists, Floyd was one of six communities listed in the February-March issue.
Floyd County is bordered on the eastern side by 31 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The current county seat, originally named Jacksonville after our seventh president Andrew Jackson, was changed in 1896 to Floyd. Downtown Floyd has many unique shopping opportunities such as The Country Store, The Jacksonville Center, The Pickin’ Porch, County Sales, 16 Hands, The June Bug Center, and The Harvest Moon just to name a few. On any given Friday night, The Country Store hosts the “Friday Night Jamboree” featuring famous musicians playing gospel, bluegrass, and old time music.
Floyd, County is also home to Chauteau Morrissette, a southern inspired hospitality winery and restaurant. Buffalo Mountain, with an elevation of 3971 feet, is one of the most significant natural areas in Virginia. It boasts an amazing 13 rare plant occurences, 3 rare animal occurences, and 6 significant natural communities. The combination of high-elevation, wind-exposed openings at the summit, and magnesium rich soils make it unlike any place else in the Commonwealth.
Floyd, Virginia is located 40 miles southwest of Roanoke, Virginia on US Route 221.