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Carroll County, Virginia - Home Of Bluegrass Music

By Edited May 11, 2014 4 6

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Are you ready for a “hoe-down”? Carroll County, known as the home of Bluegrass music, is where you can clap your hands, stomp your feet, and watch or participate in traditional Appalachian dancing. Learn to clog “mountain style.” The Blue Ridge Music Center [3] offers rollicking performances May through October. No matter what time of the year, there is always bluegrass music being played in the county.

The area has over 50 miles of the Crooked Road Music Heritage Trail[4]. Be sure and check out all the music venues along the route. If you are a picker or a player, bring along your instrument. Spontaneous music jam sessions are happening from dawn to dark. You are welcome to join in the fun.

County Fair

Delight in this land of breathtaking beauty. The Carroll County Board of Tourism says, “Play Our Style!” Rodeos, giant flea markets, summer beach music concerts, horseback riding, trails, golf, fishing, mountain biking, motorcycle touring, kayaking, geo-caching, camping, canoeing, rafting, antiquing, shopping, dining and just relaxing. No matter the season, Carroll County has an endless list of things for visitors to see and do.


Each and every small town in the county has its own unique charm and amenities. Towns  include Cana, Dugspur, Hillsville, Lambsburg, Laurel Fork, Woodlawn and Sylvatus. Throughout the county you will find comfortable accommodations for every taste and budget. From well-maintained campsites to luxury resorts, you will sleep well.



Formed in 1842, the county was named in honor of Charles Carroll, a respected gentleman farmer from Maryland who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The majority of the Scots-Irish immigrants that settled in Carroll Count were Quakers. They did not own slaves and most refused to participate in the Civil War. Although Virginia was the scene of more than 800 Civil War battles, more than any state in the conflict, Carroll County was spared much of hostilities. Snake Creek Farm and the Hillsville Historic District, both in Hillsville, Virginia are but two of the many sites listed in the Virginia and National Register of Historic Places. Visitors seeking to learn more about the history of Carroll County will also find the Sidna Allen House north of Fancy Gap and the Buffalo Mountain Presbyterian Church and Cemetery in Willis intriguing to investigate.

Local Attractions

Fancy Gap

Fancy Gap, Virginia, secreted deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains is an ideal choice for a relaxing weekend getaway. The friendly town folk say, “Welcome to Fancy Gap, where Heaven is a little closer.” The quaint mountain town offers unique shopping experiences, fine dining, comfortable lodging, mountain music and Appalachian culture. No matter if you are looking for a relaxing retreat or an exciting outdoor adventure, Fancy Gap offers something to suit everyone.


Golfers love the challenging golf courses of Fancy Gap. Offering scenic vistas, rolling terrain, fresh air and fast greens, Olde Mill Resort Golf Course and Skyland Lakes Golf Course are sure to provide a memorable round.

Round The Mountain 

Meet local weavers, carvers, potters, jewelers, quilters and musicians. Unearth a treasured keepsake or find a gift for someone special. The Carroll County Tourism Board has established the Mountain Regional Artisan Trail Network which links artisan galleries, studios, wineries, farms, craft related venues and more. Just look for the “Round The Mountain” [2] sign proudly displayed at each location. To request a map of the Artisan Trail Network and more information, call the Carroll County Tourism Board at (276) 730-3100.

New River

Swim, fish, kayak, canoe, raft or lazily float down the impressive New River as it winds its way through Carroll County. The waters are crystal clear, tranquil and refreshing. Local outfitters such as Blue Cat on the New offer shuttle services and river rental equipment. Guided rafting and fishing trips are also available. Although it is called the “New” River, New River is actually the oldest river in Virginia. The shoreline is the home of an abundance of wildlife, birds and waterfowl. When exploring the New River, be sure to bring your camera. The scenery is spectacular.

Carroll County Museum

Step back in time and explore the rich historical heritage and culture of the region at the County Museum. The stately brick structure is located in the Historic District of Hillsville, next to the courthouse. Documents, tools, machinery and a wealth of miscellaneous artifacts depict early settlement days when the county was formed in 1842. The museum also houses a large collection of artifacts and reference material relating to the Eastern Woodland Native American Indian Tribes that once hunted and lived in the fertile valleys of what is today Carroll County. To arrange a guided tour of the museum or to request additional information, history buffs can call (276) 728-4113 or (276) 730-3100. [1]

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Farm Tours

Local produce and herb farms, wineries and brewers invite travelers to stop and sample their hard cider, mead, wine, beer, honey, cheese, jams, jellies and fresh farm produce. Tours are available. Many venues also offer local Appalachian arts and crafts including quilts, baskets, musical instruments and woodcarvings. Make a wonderful family holiday memory. Prior to the holidays, many visitors come to Carroll County to find the perfect Christmas tree; uncut and waiting in a snow covered meadow on the Christmas Tree Farm Tour. Agricultural tourism maps are available from The Office of Tourism And Blue Ridge Plateau Regional Visitor Center, 235 Farmers Market Drive, Hillsville, Virginia 24343 or call (276) 730-3100.

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Kanawha Valley Arena

Travelers seeking an equestrian experience can find a wide range of seasonal events at the Kanawha Valley Arena in Dugspur, Virginia. Participate in a weeklong wagon train, attend a horse show or truck pull. Watch the bull riding and roping competitions. At Kanawha Valley Arena you are guaranteed a good time.

Carroll County Fair

September is fair time. Enjoy an old-fashioned country fair. Wander through the livestock exhibits, visit the carnival and thrill to the rides on the midway. There will be contests, completions, exhibits, a horse pull, tractor pulls, and other lively entertainments. Dance and sing to the happy music of local bluegrass artisans. There will be Appalachian arts and crafts, a horse show, a pet parade, great food and fun for all. For information, contact the Carroll County Agricultural Fair, 497 Farmers Market Drive, Hillsville, Virginia, 24343 or call (276) 730-3128.

Have you visited Carroll County? Please share your impressions. Happy Travels!

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Apr 15, 2013 12:27am
I love to clap my hands, and stomp my feet - so I ought to follow your 'travel tips'.
Great article, thumbs up!
Apr 15, 2013 6:52am
Thanks for your comment. I will be following your articles. Enjoy your week. Keep writing.
Apr 15, 2013 7:15am
Hi--Loved your article--I was raised on a lot of Blue Grass even though I'm a Colorado boy. In fact, I will often listen to Blue Grass now as opposed to country music because in most instances country music has crossed too far over for my taste, Anyway, keep those great works coming--you get Two Big Thumbs from me and...a rating!
May 14, 2013 5:25am
Love bluegrass music, great article!
May 14, 2013 9:45am
I enjoy bluegrass music. Interesting article and nicely done! Congrats on the feature.
May 15, 2013 5:16pm
This is now on my list of places to visit. I love bluegrass music. Is the grass blue there?
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  2. "Artisan Trails." Round The Mountain. 11/04/2013 <Web >
  3. "Welcome." Blue Ridge Music Center. 12/04/2013 <Web >
  4. "News From The Road." The Crooked Road. 15/04/2013 <Web >

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