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City of Radford

Radford is an independent city in the heart of Virginia’s New River Valley. The city offers many possibilities for adventurers and learners. The New River runs on the border of Radford offering activities for those who want to have fun in the water. The city offers several local restaurants and stores, parks, places to learn about history, and popular community events. Radford is the home to Radford University, a four-year educational institution with students from all over the world.

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What to Do in Radford

Public Parks

The City of Radford has four public parks including Bisset Park, Riverview Park, Sunset Park, and Wildwood Park. Additionally, Radford has a dog park, Sparky’s Run. Bisset Park, which is alongside the New River, offers shelters and sport facilities as well as a 3 1/2 mile walking trail. Wildwood Park also has a walking trail in the middle of a forest along with a bird watching tower and outdoor classroom.

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

Would you like to see a movie on the big screen? Grab your friends and get some popcorn at the Radford Theatre, located on Main Street and walking distance from the Radford University campus. Are you up for a challenge? Use your puzzle solving skills in Cryptix Escape Rooms. Winterfrost Farm offers horsebike riding with rescue horses for beginners and experienced riders. The Radford Farmers Market, open on Saturdays from May to October, includes vendors selling food, crafts, and more to the local community.

Highlanders Festival

The Highlanders Festival is an annual event hosted by Radford University and the City of Radford. Often scheduled in October, the festival celebrates Celtic culture and heritage. This event has something for everyone including food, musical performances, crafts, competitions, games, and much more.

History and Heritage

Glencoe Mansion Museum & Gallery

The Glencoe Mansion once belonged to the Radford family, and today is open as a free museum to the general public. The exhibits go over the history of the Radford area and its prominent figures.

Mary Draper Ingles Cultural Heritage Park

Walking distance from the Glencoe Mansion, the Mary Draper Ingles Park celebrates a historic woman and her long journey to the New River Valley. The park includes a statue of Ingles.

Ingles Farm

The historic Ingles Farm allows visitors to see the homestead of Mary Draper Ingles and her husband as well as the historic site for the Ingles Ferry, a once popular method of transportation on the New River. The site is open to visitors during a limited number of days each year and on request.

"Highlander" College Town

Radford University

Founded in 1910 as a women’s teacher college, Radford University serves a community of nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The size of the university’s campus matches the “small town” feel of the Radford community. The university offers several majors and minors in a variety of different fields.

Student Life

Students either live on the several dormitories on campus or the apartment communities surrounding the Radford University campus. The university offers many clubs and organizations allowing their students to be involved with activities outside of class. The campus also includes several dining options, a fitness center, and even a library.

The campus offers many activities for students and community members including art galleries, a climbing wall, a planetarium, a game room, performing arts including concerts and plays, events, and much more. The university has several sports teams, and many come to watch the Radford Highlanders compete.

Map of Radford