Sports and Outdoor
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AT ITS BEST, is what you will find in Franklin County. You can enjoy everything from the scenic views of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the adrenaline rush of surging down rapids on the Blackwater River. Take in a relaxing afternoon on Smith Mountain Lake, or get your heart pumping on the back of a motorcycle heading down a mountainous road. If fishing and hunting are your priority, use our calendar on the next page to plan your activities and ideal locations. Whatever your interests may be, you can find something to suit them in Franklin County. Whether on foot, boat, horseback or bike, we have outdoor adventures for everyone. So, explore it all, and discover what Franklin County has to offer.
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Culture and Heritage
CULTURAL EXPERIENCES ARE ABUNDANT, from weekly music jams to centuries-old family farms. Franklin County is a blend of the arts of today, with English, Scots-Irish, German, and African-American heritage brought by settlers long ago. Franklin County is a place where side-road drivers can explore a rural landscape of vintage farmsteads and crossroad villages, and where electrified praise-band churches rock just down the road from pre-Civil War a cappella congregations. Here, time-honored hand crafts and family recipes are a regular part of both home life and community festivals, and fiddlers play dance tunes for restaurant diners at one of the many stops along the Crooked Road Music Trail. Antique pleasure boats cruise the lakes, while 1950s hot rods run the roads. Experience these attractions or wander through various historic locations, such as the Booker T. Washington National Monument, and discover the heritage that shaped the Franklin County of today.
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