Top Must-See Attractions in Franklin County

Smith Mountain Lake
Make outdoor fun a family affair along the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

Philpott Lake
Come for the bass and stay to explore the natural beauty of Philpott Lake!

Historic Rocky Mount
Tour historic downtown and discover unique works by local artisans.

Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum
Host of the annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival and a Major Venue along the Crooked Road.

Booker T. Washington National Monument
Explore and celebrate the life of one of America’s most prominent figures.

Jubal A. Early Homeplace
Tour the childhood home of a Civil War Confederate general.

Franklin County History Museum
Discover the infamous and untold moonshine stories of the past.

Harvester Performance Center
Hear and dance to the sultry sounds of local, regional and nationally-recognized musicians.

The Crooked Road in Franklin County
Tune your ears to unique music venues offering live jam sessions almost every day of the week.

Blue Ridge Parkway
Travel the scenic, winding route that’s affectionately known as “America’s Favorite Drive.”