Virginia Highland Haven Airstream Park is the perfect location to explore the natural beauty and history of the southwest Virginia Blue Ridge mountains. Within an easy drive of the park there are a myriad of scenic attractions, outdoor recreational activities, historical sites, wineries, cultural events and locations, shopping venues, excellent restaurants, and seasonal events to keep guests busy for weeks. Visitor guides and maps are available in the Highland Haven clubhouse and the visitor's bureau in the nearby town of Floyd. Below are just a few of the many places and activities visitors to Virginia Highland Haven can enjoy.
Blue Ridge Parkway. Less than ten miles north of the park, the Blue Ridge Parkway is an internationally famous travel destination with scenic drives, sweeping mountain vistas, hiking trails, and the delightful historic Mabry Mill.
Floyd, Virginia (16 miles south) is a charming town and county seat well known for its bluegrass and mountain music heritage. Every Friday night, and Sunday afternoons local musicians perform on the street and in the charming Floyd Country Store which offers a unique slice of Americana. Floyd also offers quaint shops, restaurants, and a farmer's market. The Chateau Morrisette winery is located south of Floyd. Floydfest in July is a five day music and arts festival with a national audience, attracting over 10,000 music enthusiasts. If you enjoy quilting or home sewing School House Fabrics in Floyd, with three floors of fabrics and sewing supplies, is a must see destination. The Floyd Artisan Trail is an association of 45 skilled local artists and craftspeople located in studios, galleries, and shops scattered throughout Floyd County. These talented creative people sponsor a number of events and activities throughout the year including a special opening of studios and galleries one weekend in June.
Great Oaks Country Club (13 miles south) just north of Floyd is a 72 par golf course open to the public.
Bottom Creek Gorge Nature Preserve (8 miles north) features a 5 mile hike through a Nature Conservancy Preserve to the second highest waterfall in Virginia. The nearby (11 miles south) Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary is a fascinating research and education facility offering tours every Friday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
New River Trail State Park (47 miles west) features 57 miles of bike trail on abandoned railroad right of way through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski counties. There are also numerous other bike trails in the New River Valley as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway itself for road bike enthusiasts.
Christiansburg (20 miles west) is a destination for antique shopping. Blacksburg (27 miles west) is the home of Virginia Tech, one of the nation's leading universities. Smithfield Plantation, a historic home built in 1774 by William Preston, is open for guided tours and is located on the Virginia Tech campus
Roanoke, Virginia (22 miles north), the largest city in southwestern Virginia, has a railroad heritage (N&W headquarters) and southern charm. The Taubman Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Transportation and the O. Winston Link Museum are noteworthy cultural destinations. The city also features excellent dining and shopping choices as well as many seasonal festivals and entertainment events.
Rocky Knob Recreation Area (27 miles south) covers 4000 acres along the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 169) offers scenic, historic, and natural wonders.
Buffalo Mountain Natural Preserve (34 miles southwest) features a one mile climb from a parking area to the top of Buffalo Mountain, 3971 feet elevation.
National D-Day Memorial, a moving tribute to the soldiers who participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944, is located in Bedford, VA (57 miles northeast).
Galax, VA (57 miles southwest) is home of the Old Fidder's Convention. Held in August, this week long event is the oldest and largest fiddler's convention in the United States.
Blue Ridge Music Center. A modern performing arts center located 67 miles southwest at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Changing exhibits and live performances allow visitors to experience the rich musical heritage of the region.
Natural Bridge (68 miles northeast) is a national historic landmark and one of the oldest tourist destinations in the United States.
Poplar Forest in Forest, VA (74 miles northeast) is the site of Thomas Jefferson's private retreat and an architectural masterpiece.
Lexington, VA (84 miles northeast) is home to the Virginia Horse Center, Virginia Military Institute, George Marshall Museum, Lee Chapel, Stonewall Jackson House and Washington & Lee University.
Appomattox National Historic Site (101 miles northeast) is site of the surrender of Robert E. Lee to U.S. Grant, ending the Civil War. The Museum of the Confederacy is also located nearby.
Winston-Salem, NC (100 miles south) is home to Wake Forest University, the historic restored colonial community of Old Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Reynolda House Museum.
Almost every week there are special activities in the area including festivals, crafts shows, sporting events, concerts and other activities. The following websites are sources of up to date information about events in the region: