15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Virginia

One of the original states settled by the first Europeans to cross the Atlantic, Virginia has both a spectacular coastline and majestic mountains that hold some of the history of the beginning of the United States. This state has something for everyone: boutique wineries and breweries, a host of outdoor sporting activities, and charming towns filled with shopping and local restaurants that will not disappoint. Brush up on your history and take a step away from modern life when you visit Virginia’s rural towns. Be sure to enjoy the local color and pack light – leave your worries at home and relax.

Check out our list of the best small towns to visit in Virginia:

1. Abingdon, Virginia

Abingdon, Virginia

Source: flickr

Abingdon, Virginia

Located in Washington County, Virginia, Abingdon is home to a thriving artist community and a designated Virginia Historic Landmark. Here, they built Black’s Fort to protect settlers during the Revolutionary War, and from attacks from neighboring tribes. Now, it’s a prime vacation destination in the Appalachian mountains.

For hiking enthusiasts, Abingdon is the end of the Virginia Creeper Trail, a 35 mile long hike that winds along Whitetop Mountain. Walk along the historic Main Street and visit landmarks such as Martha Washington Inn. You can even book yourself a few nights here and continue browsing the local artists galleries or the William King Art Museum. Don’t forget to catch a show at the Barter Theatre, or attend the Virginia Highlands Festival, a local showcasing of Appalachian art. Take a trip down Crooked Road and through time and learn about the mountain peoples music and traditions before departing from Abingdon.


List of Image Sources

15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Virginia:

Abingdon, Virginia

  • Abingdon, Virginia: flickr
  • Bristol, Virginia: flickr
  • Culpeper, Virginia: flickr
  • Farmville, Virginia – High Bridge Trail State Park: flickr
  • Virginia Creeper Trail, Damascus, Virginia: flickr
  • Gordonsville, Virginia: flickr
  • Lexington, Virginia: flickr
  • Manassas, Virginia: flickr
  • Occoquan, Virginia: flickr
  • Onancock, Virginia: mapio
  • Orange, Virginia: flickr
  • Chincoteague, Virginia: flickr
  • Shenandoah National Park, Washington, Virginia: flickr
  • Woodstock, Virginia: flickr
  • Wytheville, Virginia: flickr