UPDATE: Virginia's Blue Ridge is Now Open in Phase Three

Virginia's Blue Ridge is now open in the Phase Three stage of the Commonwealth's Forward Virginia plan. Learn more about the program and what it means for various types of businesses & experiences in the region with our Phase Three Guidelines page. Phase Three >


County of Franklin

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Franklin County offers over 700 acres of public parks for citizens to explore. The County also manages over twelve miles of mountain bike/hiking trails. The Parks and Recreation Department is proud to offer free youth programs annually including coach tours, festivals, sporting events, nature hikes, astronomy programs, and arts and crafts classes. In addition, youth athletic programming includes baseball, instructional softball, sandlot football, cheerleading, basketball and soccer. Picnic shelters, platforms, banquet facilities, and our newly remodeled amphitheater are available for you to enjoy.

  • Directions: From Roanoke, take US 220 South into Franklin County. Continue approximately 25 miles and take the VA-40 Exit toward Rocky Mount/Gretna. Turn left on VA-40/Tanyard Road and continue just over 1 mile - passing Franklin County High School. Turn right on Pell Avenue and go 1/4 mile, then turn left on Franklin Street. Continue through downtown Rocky Mount - passing the Harvester Performance Center. The offices will be on the right after the Shewels Plaza.
  • Major Access Routes: US 220