GILES COUNTY, VA
Giles County, VA has a history rooted in traditional manufacturing, but it’s the majestic mountains and the New River that closely tie the residents to home. The County consists of five unique towns: Rich Creek, Pembroke, Narrows, Glen Lyn and Pearisburg. Together these five communities comprise “Virginia’s Mountain Playground.” Giles is filled with well-known hiking trails, (that often feature waterfall rewards) welcoming resorts, and outdoor outfitters to make your outdoor experience one-of-a-kind.
APPALACHIAN TRAIL: 65 miles
MILES OF NEW RIVER: 37
HIGHEST POINT: 4,361′
Town of Glen Lyn
Home to the Muddy ACCE Race, Glen Lyn is passionate and lively.
Town of Narrows
Narrows is a charming Appalachian Trail town where outdoor recreation opportunities are endless.
Town of Pearisburg
Pearisburg has a bustling downtown and is home to many historic and charming buildings.
Town of Pembroke
Pembroke is home to Mountain Lake Lodge and The Cascades, a hugely popular hiking spot in the NRV.
Town of Rich Creek
The “Gateway to Giles County,” has history that dates to 1780.
WHAT WE’RE KNOWN FOR
New River Water Trail
Giles County has made an effort to make the New River more accessible than ever. Tons of boat launches and docks are available for paddlers, boaters, and floaters of any skill level. When you’re ready for your next adventure, look to the New River Water Trail. (photo by Nathan Cooke)
Much of the cult classic Dirty Dancing was filmed in Giles County, VA at Mountain Lake Lodge, including famous scenes at Kellerman’s, the gazebo, and Baby’s cabin. The lodge offers unique lodging and tons of outdoor adventure activities like hiking and zip line tours.
Known as “Virginia’s Mountain Playground,” Giles is not shy about its vast amount of outdoor recreation. If you’re looking for opportunities to hike, bike, fish, camp, UTV or otherwise, Giles is a good place to start. Try the 65 miles of Appalachian Trail!
POINTS OF INTEREST
KAIROS Wilderness Resort
Kairos is a 1515-acre wilderness resort nestled between the New River and majestic Appalachian Mountains.
Mountain Lake Lodge
Mountain Lake Lodge offers hiking, dining, and more, and was the film set for Dirty Dancing.
Muddy ACCE Race
This “Mud Run” raises money for the Access to Community College program in Giles.
Atop a gorgeous view in Eggleston, this general store turned delicious restaurant is a favorite destination.
Giles Wedding Network
From scenic overlooks to reinvented farm houses, Giles County is perfect for your event.
Walker Creek Retreat
On the banks of Walker Creek, WCR has a collection of cabins for your next getaway.
The Wellness Trails are designed to raise awareness of existing trails that allow improved health.
Giles County is the first NRV locality to participate in the “Access to Community College Education” initiative, which allows tuition-free education for 2 years at New River Community College. The Giles County Tech Center competes at SkillsUSA and HOSA, and the Land Lab provides students with hands-on agriculture education.
- Giles County Public Schools
- Private Schools (regional)
- Colleges & Universities (regional)