Recreation

What better way to enjoy the beauty of Franklin County’s lush, diverse landscape than being at the center of it all – outside.

Framed by the scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Franklin County offers outdoor enthusiasts a chance to capture treasured memories while creating their own unique Franklin County adventure.

If indoor recreation is more up your alley, Franklin County offers ample opportunities for family fun without outdoor elements. From arcades to indoor rock climbing, time will fly at the County’s various indoor recreation attractions.


Family Fun

Eagle Cinema

  • Enjoy a movie in a 5-screen theatre with concessions and games.

  • (540) 483-9121
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Franklin County Speedway

  • One of the longest, continually-running short tracks in America. Watch drivers from various divisions compete on the 3/8-mile asphalt track in scheduled racing events.

  • (540) 238-9955
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Franklin County YMCA

  • A comprehensive fitness and wellness center with cardio, circuit training, free weights, walking track, full-length basketball court, cross training area, exercise studio and aquatics center.

  • (540) 489-9622
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Fun N Games Arcade

  • Family arcade offering redemption skill games and video games.

  • (540) 721-5959
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Harbortown Mini Golf

  • An 18-hole miniature golf course. The course is elevated 15-feet over the lake and offers a fantastic view.

  • (540) 814-1613
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Hot Shots

  • A par 40 design miniature golf course which includes ponds, streams and waterfall. Also offers arcade games, double drop slide, bounce castle and cannonball air blasters.

  • (540) 719-1547
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Providence Raceway

  • A family-oriented, fun and competitive kart racing facility, hosting scheduled racing programs and seasonal racing events.

  • (540) 420-6833
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Red Truck Events Center

  • The 80-acre facility hosts a variety of outdoor games and offers riding trails and open space for ATV and MX riders.

  • (410) 271-3897
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Smith Mountain Lake YMCA

  • A comprehensive fitness and wellness center which features a racquetball court, exercise studio, full-length basketball court, indoor walking track and two heated, indoor tennis courts.

  • (540) 721-9622
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The Lucky Duck

  • Family fun and entertainment center offering indoor and outdoor games, features a 30-foot rock climbing wall and bungee trampoline.

  • (540) 309-1798
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The Zone

  • Facility offers a go-kart track, batting cages, mini golf and arcade. Also features two party rooms.

  • (540) 484-1250
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Westlake Cinema

  • Enjoy a movie in a digital cinema featuring a four-plex movie theater with stadium seating, Real D 3D, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, concessions and games.

  • (540) 721-6326
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Golf

Hot Shots

  • A par 40 design miniature golf course which includes ponds, streams and waterfall. Also offers arcade games, double drop slide, bounce castle and cannonball air blasters.

  • (540) 719-1547
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Water’s Edge Country Club

  • PGA Championship Course with beautiful scenery along 13.5 miles of shoreline. Offers pro shop, tennis, pool, boating, horseback riding, fitness center and clubhouse with dining.

  • (800) 858-4653
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Waterfront Golf & Country Club

  • PGA Championship Golf Course with incredible vista views along 8.5 miles of shoreline. Features pro shop, tennis, fitness facility, pool and clubhouse with restaurant.

  • (540) 721-2397
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Westlake Golf & Country Club

  • A 6,511-yard course on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. Open to members and non-members. Features include pro shop, tennis, pool, meeting spaces, and clubhouse with restaurant.

  • (540) 721-4214
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Willow Creek Country Club

  • A 2,857-yard, challenging regulation course providing different angles and distances at each hole. Amenities include a pro shop and clubhouse.

  • (540) 483-0797

Parks & Wildlife

Birding & Wildlife Trail at the Philpott Lake Dam and Overlook

  • Explore scenic trail and views. Top spot for brown-headed nuthatch. Pine warbler and yellow-throated warbler easy to find, along with other species. Wildflowers prevalent spring/summer.

    Hours: April-October 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; November-March 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • (276) 629-2703
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Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Experience “America’s Favorite Drive” filled with scenic beauty, stunning vistas of mountains and landscapes, wildflowers, autumn foliage, trails and wildlife.

  • (828) 271-4779
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Booker T. Washington National Monument

  • This national treasure commemorates the birthplace of Booker T. Washington – America’s most prominent African American educator and orator of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The monument features a visitor center with exhibits and an audio-visual presentation, Plantation Trail, Jack-O-Lantern Branch Heritage Trail, a picnic area, and a recreated 1850’s tobacco farm and garden area.

    Open seven days a week, year-round, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.

  • (540) 721-2094
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Brubaker Park

  • Serves as a put-in spot for canoeist/kayakers paddling the Blackwater River Blueway and offers a picnic table.

  • (540) 483-9293
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Franklin County Recreation Park

  • Offering 150-acres and a variety of activities including fishing in a 3-acre lake, playgrounds, tennis, basketball, sand volleyball, horseshoe pit, disc golf, hiking and biking trails, baseball and soccer fields. Features covered picnic shelters.

  • (540) 483-9293
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Gilly’s Park

  • Facility features two public fishing ponds stocked with catfish (yearly), bass, brim and crappie. Amenities include a walking trail, picnic tables, small dock and wildlife.

  • (540) 483-9293
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Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve

  • A 1,295-acre site with a 6.6 mile scenic hiking trail system with kiosk and signage. Harbors ancient rocks, old-age trees, rare plants species and wildlife.

  • (540) 265-5234
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King Park at Henry Village

  • Facility has well-shaded picnic tables with grills for family or community gatherings.

  • (540) 483-9293
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LARC Field

  • Ball field for recreational ball games, available for public use.

  • (540) 483-9293
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Lynch Riverside Park

  • Facility offers open field for play, boulder playground, small picnic shelter and fishing. A popular take-out spot for canoeist/kayakers paddling the Pigg River.

  • (540) 483-9293
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Mary Bethune Park

  • Facility offers a picnic shelter, play area, horseshoe pits, pea gravel drive for walking and restroom. Find us at the end of East street.

  • (540) 483-7660
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Mary Elizabeth Park

  • Facility offers a large picnic shelter with grill, two lighted tennis courts, a lighted roller hockey court, horseshoe pits, playground and restroom. Courts are lighted until 11 p.m.

  • (540) 483-7660
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Rocky Mount Rotary Skate Park

  • Facility provides a safe and convenient recreation area with ramps designed for skateboarders and rollerbladers.

  • (540) 483-9293
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Salthouse Branch

  • Offers camping and day-use facilities, including 44 family sites with E/W hook-ups, 21 boat-in sites, 46 primitive sites, and 1 group picnic shelter. Features toilets, showers, dump station, beach, boat ramp, dock, playground and amphitheater. Also a 1/2-mile nature loop and 1/2 mile interpretive trail.

    Fees: sites without electricity, $20 per night; sites with electricity, $25 per night.

    2016 Season: March 24 – October 30.

  • (276) 629-2703
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Smart View Recreation Area

  • Located on MP 154.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 500 acres, 2.6 miles of hiking trails, large picnic grounds, restrooms, and Trail Cabin exhibit. The exhibit is a single room dwelling built in the early 1890s, associated with Blue Ridge settlement.

    Trails are wheelchair accessible.

  • (828) 348-3400
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Smith Mountain Lake Community Park

  • Thirty-seven-acre park featuring swimming at seasonal beach with lifeguards, fishing and family recreation. Offers partly-covered fishing pier with seating, picnic shelter, playground, trails and restrooms.

  • (540) 483-9293
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Snow Creek Community Park

  • Ball field with bleachers for recreational ball games, available for public use.

  • (540) 483-9293
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Turkeycock Wildlife Management Area

  • A 2,679-acre woodland area offering a mountain top outdoor experience filled with hunting, hiking, horseback riding trails and wildlife viewing.

  • (434) 525-7522
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Veterans’ Memorial Park

  • Displays a central monument listing the names of the area’s fallen soldiers and conflicts that claimed their lives. Brick pavers honoring local veterans surround the monument.

  • (540) 483-7660
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Waid Recreation Area

  • Facility is 220-acres and offers outdoor activities and river access. Amenities include walking, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails, covered picnic shelters, playgrounds and sports fields.

  • (540) 483-9293
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Racing

Franklin County Speedway

  • One of the longest, continually-running short tracks in America. Watch drivers from various divisions compete on the 3/8-mile asphalt track in scheduled racing events.

  • (540) 238-9955
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Providence Raceway

  • A family-oriented, fun and competitive kart racing facility, hosting scheduled racing programs and seasonal racing events.

  • (540) 420-6833
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The Zone

  • Facility offers a go-kart track, batting cages, mini golf and arcade. Also features two party rooms.

  • (540) 484-1250
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