There’s a reason why so many country songs are devoted to the subject of small towns. Whether it’s the sense of community, the recognition of familiar faces, or unspoiled natural landscapes that you’re after, these places in Virginia will not disappoint. If you’re looking for a quick escape or even considering a relocation, these are the spots to go to get away from it all (but not
too far away).
Just southwest of Roanoke, Abington is considered a Virginia Historic Landmark. This Blue Ridge Mountain town celebrates its history, culture, and outdoors. One major point of interest is the Virginia Creeper Trail, a beautifully maintained 35-mile bike/hiking route that extends into Whitetop.
This river town can be found at the mouth of the Rappahannock. Living here means a life surrounded by water and all of its activities. Some of the best seafood restaurants in the state are only a quick drive away.
This hidden treasure of a town is located right along Route 11 and is the only designated Appalachian Trail Community in its part of the state. This hiker-friendly town also has lovely, more refined accommodations, including the Pomegranate Restaurant and Gathering Place.
The Ashland/Hanover Visitor's Center is located right on the train tracks, a fitting welcome to a town with two historical districts. This town also celebrates its farms with a Strawberry Faire that takes place every June.
Luray offers all levels of adventure, quite literally. You can hike mountains, explore the Shenandoah river, and descend into the depths of the famous Luray caverns. The town itself is a community complete with mountain cabins, a movie theatre, and some locally-owned stores along Main St.
Lovingston is the county seat of Nelson County. The town was recognized as a historic district in 2005. Nearby you will find floral shops and libraries. Be sure to try the local wine from the town's three vineyards, Lovingston Winery, Mountain Core Vineyard and Winery, and Democracy Winery.
Woodstock is the heart and soul of the Shenandoah valley. Complete with antique stores, coffee shops, and museums, this little town has a lot to offer, especially in terms of picturesque scenery.
Clarksville is Virginia's only lakeside town and is the home of several fishing tournaments. The town offers quaint shops and even features a bed and breakfast right on the water of the 50,000 acre Kerr Lake.
With a population of just 135, Little Washington might be considered more a village than a town. And yet in a five block by two block area, you will find the following: a world famous five diamond/five star hotel restaurant (the Inn at Little Washington), a gorgeous four diamond bed and breakfast (The Middleton Inn), and a theatre where some highly impressive musicians have played (the Theatre at Washington, Virginia).
Norton is in the heart of Virginia's appalachia. This small coal town is vibrant with both culture and mountain music. One of its main attractions is the breathtaking Flag Rock Recreation Area, a must-see for anyone in the area.
Franklin lies on the southeastern coastal plain. The town used to be a transportation hub, and one of its railway stations is now used as a Visitor's Center. You'll find beautifully restored vintage-style homes here as well as an impressive farmer's market.
14. Rocky Mount
Since 1786, Rocky Mount has been the county seat of Franklin County. Its historic courthouse is one of the more prominent landmarks. Rocky Mount has the makings of the picturesque small town: winding roads, elegant churches, and peaceful farmlands.
What these towns lack in size is compensated for in charm and character. Be sure to plan a day-trip to one of these locations as soon as you can, and don’t be surprised if you feel like staying just a little longer than you intended. What are some of your favorite spots to escape the busier city life? Leave a comment below and let us know!