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Written by: Beth Stinnett
Tuesday September 5, 2017

Any time is a great time to venture through Martinsville-Henry County, VA, but the fall adds a little something extra! Breathe in the fresh air and unwind while you take in the scenery and the fun. From our award-wining trails to our high-octane events, make this season your season to have fun in record time in MHC.

Take a hike! Or a run, or a walk! Or whatever you would like! Martinsville-Henry County is home to the Smith River Trail System which includes a scenic blueway with ten river access points and more than twenty miles of greenway and to the Mountain Laurel Trails Biking Complex, which has been named among the top mountain bike trails in the state of Virginia by SingleTrack.com. MLT received a 4.94 star rating (out of 5)! Hikers and runners are also encouraged to come out and hit the trails.

 

Trails:

  1. Philpott Lake Fitness Interpretive Trail (1.5 miles)
  2. Collinsville Jaycee Park (1.25 mile)
  3. Jack Dalton Park (0.6 mile)
  4. Rock Ridge Trail at Beaver Creek Reservoir (1.2 miles)
  5. Patrick Henry Community College Trail Loop (0.75 mile)
  6. Fieldale Trail (2.4 miles) 
    Textile Heritage Trail (0.3 mile)
  7. Dick & Willie Passage (4.5 miles) - Virginia Ave.
  8. Dick & Willie - Liberty St.
  9. Uptown Connection Trail (0.8 mile) 
  10. Dick & Willie - Doyle St.
    Silverbell Trail (0.25 mile)
  11. J. Frank Wilson Park (1 mile)
  12. Dick & Willie - Fishel St. 
  13. Doe Run Park (1.5 miles)
  14. Spencer-Penn Centre (0.5 mile)
  15. Smith River Sports Complex (1.3 miles)
  16. Richard P. Gravely Jr. Nature Preserve (2.5 miles)

Additional Hiking & Biking Options (not shown on map):
Mountain Laurel Trails (Mountain Bike Complex) (Near #14)
Jamison Mill Trail System (Northeast of #1)
Lauren Mountain Preserve (Northwest of #6)

If you are interested in riding the trails with a group, the Henry County Bike Club hosts several weekly bike rides (throughout the year) that you are welcome to join. Weather permitting.

Enjoy the fall foliage! Many people agree that seeing “the colors change” during the fall, is their favorite part of the season. If you have ever driven through Bassett, VA this time of year, then you probably agree that the beauty of the Philpott Lake Overlook is even more dazzling in fall. See for yourself why the view is a local and regional favorite. You can also explore the Philpott Lake Trail System while you are there and challenge yourself along the F.I.T. Trail.

Special Events Happening this fall in MHC

Brewster Walk, in Uptown Martinsville, will feature more than 60 delicious craft beers, plus live performances from Yarn, Mission in the Rain (a Jerry Garcia Band tribute set) and the Jason Springs Band. Special guest Josh Shilling will sit-in with Yarn & Mission in the Rain. September 9th

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway will go down in history and if you are a NASCAR fan, you definitely want to be there for the 1st ever Night Race at the historic track! General Admission tickets are just $30 for adults and $5 for kids! (prices may change). September 23rd 

The Smith River Sports Complex will host their 3rd Annual Wine by the River Wine Festival on September 30th. There will be multiple local and regional wineries set up, as well as food and artisan vendors. Plus, live music throughout the day. 

Oktoberfest will fill the streets of Uptown Martinsville with music, food, vendors and fun during the 39th Annual International Arts & Culture Festival. Enjoy two streets of vendors offering everything from free balloons to fine art, plus lots of kid-friendly activities including inflatable bounce houses and rides. The event will also offer a beer garden selling craft beer as well as traditional German foods like delicious bratwurst. October 7th

NASCAR rolls back in town on October 29th for the Fast Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The Monster Energy Cup drivers are hoping for treats and not tricks during the only short-track event in the Race for the Chase. 

Find more information on all the ways that you can enjoy the season at www.VisitMartinsville.com. You just might fall in love with Martinsville-Henry County, VA!

Tags: Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail, Festivals, Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR, Oktoberfest, Outdoor Recreation, Racing, Rives Theatre, Smith River Trail System, Trails