Radford—The New River City

GotoNRV Guides

The guides on gotoNRV will give you information about what you may find in the New River Valley. Are you looking for somewhere to eat or shop? How about some family fun or a night out with friends? Do you need assitance with traveling if you are from out of the area? Whatever your needs are, these guides are here to help you get a better experience out of the NRV.

Go eat. Go shop. Go play. Go learn. Go have fun. Go to the NRV!

Community and county-specific guides will be added in the future.

Floyd County

Floyd County is a small, mostly rural area enriched in Appalachian culture. Recreational activity and local arts and crafts can be found in the county. Floyd is one of the key stops on the Crooked Road driving trail, the Heritage Music Trail of Virginia. Appalachian music and dancing can be found at the Floyd Country Store, espcially during their weekly Friday Night Jamboree.


Visitors Center

  • 109 E Main St, Floyd, VA 24091
  • (540) 745-4407

“Hills of Floyd County VA USA” by Jarek Tuszyński is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Giles County

Bordering West Virginia, Giles County shares the wild, wonderful beauty of its neighboring state. The county has opportunities for outdoor recreation including hiking and fishing. The Jefferson National Forest, New River, and Appalachian Trail run through Giles. The Mountain Lake area, located in Pembroke was the filming location for the critically acclaimed film Dirty Dancing.

Glen Lyn, Narrows, Pearisburg, Pembroke, and Rich Creek

Visit Giles County Information

  • (540) 921-2079

Montgomery County

Montgomery County—a place enriched in art, culture, economy, and education—is home to two of the largest towns in Virginia, Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Blacksburg is home to Virginia Tech (VT), a prestigious institute of higher learning. VT is known nationally for its football team. The county is a place for shopping, eating, and outdoor recreation. Christiansburg has several shopping centers including the New River Valley Mall. The Huckleberry Trail offers recreational hiking and biking from Christiansburg to Blacksburg. Communities in this county offer an easy commute to the cities of Roanoke and Salem.

Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Belview, Elliston, Lafayette, Merrimac, Plum Creek, Prices Fork, Riner, and Shawsville

Regional Tourism Office

  • 755 Roanoke St, Christiansburg, VA 24073
  • (540) 394-4470

Pulaski County

Pulaski County offers opportunities for outdoor recreation and local events. Two state parks—Claytor Lake and New River Trail State Parks—are located in the county. Claytor Lake, a reservoir on the New River is a popular location for water recreation. Also located in the county are New River Community College, a higher-education instiution offering technical and career education and the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation, one of the largest Scout camps in the nation. Minor League baseball team the Pulaski Yankees play at the historic Calfee Park.

Dublin, Pulaski, Allisonia, Belspring, Draper, Fairlawn, Hiwassee, New River, Parrott, and Snowville

Visitors Center

  • 4440 Cleburne Blvd, Ste B, Dublin, VA 24084
  • (540) 674-4161

City of Radford

Radford is known as the “New River City.” The city is home to several public parks including Bisset Park which is right alongside the New River and Wildwood Park, a natural area consisting of a forest. A stroll down main street takes you to several restaurants and shops owned by local business owners. Radford is home to Radford University, a state-funded four-year institution of higher education. Historical points of interest include Ingles Farm and the Glencoe Mansion.

Visitors Center

  • 600 Unruh Dr, Radford, VA 24141
  • (540) 267-3153

The New River

The New River is a 320-mile long river beginning in North Carolina and running north into the Kanawha River in West Virginia. The river is believed to be one of the oldest rivers in the world, and it was named an American Heritage River. Being the namesake of the New River Valley, the river runs through Pulaski County, the City of Radford, Montgomery County, and Giles County. Claytor Lake is a reservoir located on the New River. There are many recreational water activities popularly done on the New River which include kayaking, canoeing, and tubing with Claytor Lake offering additional activities. Two state parks—Claytor Lake and New River Trail—are located alongside the river.