Top Don’t-Miss Outdoor Adventures in Smyth County

Top Don’t-Miss Outdoor Adventures in Smyth County

If you’re looking for your next big outdoor adventure, Smyth County, Virginia is full of thrills, scenic beauty, and the perfect wilderness experience. Smyth County is the gateway to Virginia’s tallest mountains, Mt. Rogers and White Top. Smyth County is also home to the famous Hungry Mother State Park.

Mount Rogers / White Top

Take a scenic drive to the tallest mountains in Virginia.  

White Top Mountain / Scenic Overlook

White Top is a 39-minute scenic drive from downtown Chilhowie, Virginia. White Top features scenic views stretching into the states of North Carolina and Tennessee. Expect to experience beautiful scenery and sunsets at Virginia’s second-highest peak.

Mount Rogers / Grayson Highlands State Park

Mount Rogers, the tallest mountain in Virginia can be accessed through Grayson Highlands State Park. While at Grayson Highlands, you can expect more scenic views, fantastic hiking trails, and wild ponies. One famous hiking trail, The Appalachian Trail passes through Grayson Highlands. It’s considered one of the favorite portions of the trail by many AT hikers.

Hungry Mother State Park

Enjoy a relaxing family-friendly outdoor experience.

Hungry Mother State Park located in Marion, Virginia is a fantastic family getaway. This state park features hiking and biking trails, a lake with boat rentals, many camping options, and even a sandy beach! Hungry Mother is also home to an annual arts and crafts festival full of music, food, and beautiful handmade arts and crafts.

Big Tumbling Creek

Take a breath of fresh air and enjoy a relaxing fishing experience.

Big Tumbling Creek located just outside of Saltville Virginia is a perfect place for fishing, reflection, and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Big Tumblin as called by locals boasts many creeks and streams, great trout fishing, and waterfalls. Be sure to bring your camera and capture the natural beauty of this area to cherish for many years to come.

Chilhowie Town Park / River Walk

Stretch your legs during a quick stop in Chilhowie.

Before you begin your journey throughout Smyth County, take some time to stretch your legs along the river in Chilhowie. This trail is located near downtown and even passes by the Smyth County Tourism / Visitor center. 

The Salt Trail / Well Fields Trail

Hikers, bikers, bird watchers, and equestrians rejoice!

The Salt Trail is a rail to trails project connecting the communities of Saltville to Glade Spring. The Salt Trail can be reached from the heart of town near the Well Fields Trail. The Salt Trail is a great location to stretch your legs, ride your bike, or take your pets for a stroll. This trail is the perfect option for those seeking a more personal experience. 

Highway 107 Scenic Overlook

The best view of Saltville, Virginia

If you’re traveling into Saltville to explore either the Salt Trail or Big Tumbling Creek, chances are you are headed down Highway 107 from Chilhowie. Just before arriving in Saltville, be sure to take time to stop at the scenic overlook of downtown Saltville, Virginia. This overlook gives you the best view of the town and surrounding area. Once you arrive in town, be sure to also view the overlook from down below!

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