Learn how Franklin County became known as The Moonshine Capital of the World.
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The Town of Rocky Mount is located in Franklin County in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Originally founded in 1786, Rocky Mount is the county seat of Franklin County and has a population of approximately 5,000.
With its local shops & restaurants, walkable streets, and vibrant musical heritage, Rocky Mount is a wonderful place to experience the small town charm of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The town serves as the eastern gateway to The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, as well as the ‘Round the Mountain Artisan Trail, which are great opportunities to experience the arts & culture of the region.
You can listen to national and international artists in concert at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, which has earned a reputation as one of the best live music venues in Western Virginia.
In addition to great concerts that are regularly on the calendar at the Harvester, signature annual events in Rocky Mount include the Scarecrow Trail during the fall, Independence Festival to celebrate the 4th of July, the River Ramble Weekend, and Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas during the holidays. Learn more about upcoming events by checking out or Calendar of Events in Rocky Mount >
You’ll find unique shopping nearby from the Harvester, with local artisans and vendors at the Rocky Mount Farmers Market (also the location of the town’s Virginia LOVEworks art), handmade Amish furniture at Wood Grains Furniture & Gifts, consignment specials at BloomingDeals, and numerous antique shops.
If you’re looking to explore the outdoors, Rocky Mount offers easy access to great trails for adventure, including mountain biking at Waid Park, floating the Pigg & Blackwater Rivers, fishing at Gilley’s Park, and hiking at Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve.
A visit to Rocky Mount also provides an opportunity to taste some local history. Check out the family owned and operated Twin Creeks Distillery and discover the incredible heritage of craft spirits production that helped make Franklin County the “Moonshine Capital of the World.”
When hungry for a great meal, popular local options include delicious burgers at Rocky Mount Burger Company, signature steaks at Ippy’s Restaurant, award-winning BBQ at Buddy’s BBQ, and an adorable local coffee shop at The Whole Bean Coffeehouse.
The Town of Rocky Mount can also serve as a base for other nearby things to do and see in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, with close proximity to popular attractions such as the Booker T. Washington National Monument, Homestead Creamery, National D-Day Memorial, Smith Mountain Lake, Philpott Lake, and Blue Ridge Institute & Museum at Ferrum College.
Be a #Trailsetter in Rocky Mount during your next getaway to Virginia’s Blue Ridge!
Rocky Mount Community & Hospitality Center at the Depot
52 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Community & Hospitality Center Website