Local Attractions

Town of Abingdon and Washington County, Virginia

Abingdon is home to a wide variety of activities for all ages.  The historic town is home to both outdoor recreational activities and arts and cultural attractions.  In addition, there are unique local shopping opportunities.

Outdoor Recreation
Virginia Creeper Trail – The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 26 mile trail that is dedicated to walking, biking and horseback riding. Stretching from the trailhead in Abingdon, VA to North Carolina, this old railroad line is now a fully maintained scenic trail and is a great way to enjoy the local region’s mountains and four season weather.

South Holston Lake – There are opportunities for fishing and boating on this this 24 mile long man-made lake created by the Tennessee Valley Authority. 

Damascus – Located near Abingdon is Damascus, which serves as a hub for biking on the Creeper Trail by providing shuttles to nearby White Top Mountain.

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area – The heart of the NRA, the high country contains over 25,000 acres of the highest lands in Virginia. The Mount Rogers NRA manages approximately 20,000 acres of the high country and 5,000 acres are managed by Grayson Highlands State Park. There are over 400 miles of designated trails on the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Trails range from primitive single-track to old logging roads and railroad grades. Some are for foot only, others allow horse and/or bicycle use.

Arts & Culture of Historic Abingdon
Barter Theatre – Barter Theatre has been providing professional entertainment for the region through live theatre productions since being founded in 1933. The famous theatre is recognized as the State Theatre of Virginia and features shows for both children and adults, as well as an annual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.  

William King Museum – The William King Museum is a visual arts museum that has rotating exhibits of international masters and local craft artisans.  The museum also has art classes for the aspiring artist and holds community events. 

Virginia Highlands Festival – Abingdon is home to the Virginia Highlands Festival every August, which features crafts, arts, antiques and a wide range of activities. 

Music Events – The Town of Abingdon also features music events throughout the spring, fall and summer.

The Heartwood Artisan Center, The Crooked Road Music Trail and ‘Round the Mountain – Abingdon is the headquarters for several region arts iniatiatives.  The Crooked Road:  Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail is a multi-county and multi-venue route that unites the musical heritage of the region.  ‘Round the Mountain features Appalachian crafts from local artisans.  The Heartwood Artisan Center, currently in construction, will also feature Appalachian music and crafts and become the new home for these two organizations.

Local shopping – Unique stores can be found on a thriving Main Street Historical District and a local favorite is the large and diverse Abingdon Farmer’s Market, which operates from April – October.

Historic Lodging
The Martha Washington Inn – Originally built in 1832 as a private residence by a Virginia General, The Martha Washington has seen many different uses. From private residence it evolved into a finishing school for young ladies and then served as a hospital for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. The Martha Washington Hotel & Spa, A Camberley Hotel, now offers its guests the newly completed The Spa at The Martha. The Spa features beautifully appointed treatment rooms, the latest in equipment technology plus an adjoining fitness area, conveniently close to dressing and locker rooms.

General Information
Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Regional Attractions:

Outdoor Recreation
Hungry Mother State Park – Hungry Mother State Park in southwestern Virginia is noted for its woodlands and lake. Easily accessible from Interstate 81, this park has folklore and history, swimming, camping, cabin rentals, boat rentals, hiking and the park system’s first conference center, Hemlock Haven.

Arts & Culture
Lincoln Theatre – The Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia, is one of three existing Art Deco Mayan Revival theaters in America. The Lincoln Theatre was beautifully restored in 2004 and is a 500-seat theater is a presenting organization and a programming facility. The Lincoln Theatre features performing arts events year-round and is available to touring companies, groups, and individual artists.

Song of the Mountains at the Lincoln Theatre – Song of the Mountains joins the rich tradition of native music of the Appalachian Blue Ridge, a tradition known for gifted musicians, dynamic performances, and historic venues. This award-winning bluegrass concert series showcases the best in bluegrass and old-time music from the heart of the region where it all began. Song of the Mountains also celebrates the lilting sounds of Celtic music, as well as new songs performed by their original artists.

Birthplace of Country Music –  The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, based in Bristol, TN/VA, is dedicated to calling attention to the crucial role played by artists from East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and the southern Appalachian region in country, bluegrass, and other musical avenues which have been nurtured by this region. Attending not only to the past, BCMA has developed programs which address this musical heritage in the present and promote its continuation into the future.

Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival – Held every September, the Rhythm and Roots Reunion festival encompases four blocks of historic downtown Bristol Tennessee/Virginia.  During the 3-day festival, fans step into/out of Tennessee and Virginia as they enjoy bluegrass and traditional music on three outdoor stages, one dance tent and 16 indoor stages.

Historic Lodging
General Francis Marion Hotel – A stunningly restored 80-year old grand hotel offering elegant lodging and modern amenities – but with the spirited ambience the Roaring Twenties – awaits you. The General Francis Marion Hotel stands imposingly in historic downtown Marion, Virginia showcasing the stately architecture and refined décor that first awed travelers in the late ‘20s.

Racing Facility
Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol Motor Speedway is known as the World’s Fastest Half Mile and more than a million visitors come each year to experience the thrill of racing at BMS. Crowds of 200,000 and more show up for events like the March and August NASCAR Races and BMS also hosts NHRA events at the the Bristol Dragway, also known as “Thunder Valley.”