Blacksburg, VA, USA

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Blacksburg, VA, USA

Find the best place to stay — Blacksburg

A college town surrounded by natural beauty

Blacksburg is perhaps best known as the site of the Virginia Tech campus. This esteemed temple of learning is the reason so many people visit and call the area home, and it’s also why Blacksburg is home to a pumping music scene, not to mention brewpubs, easy-going eateries, rib-tickling comedy nights, and avant-garde jam sessions. That said, a Blacksburg vacation rental won’t just put college town frivolity on your doorstep – it’ll also make a great base for getting out and exploring rural Virginia and the epic Appalachian Trail, so be sure to pack some comfortable walking boots to make the most of this dramatic landscape.

Hiking haven in Blacksburg

You don’t have to go far from your Blacksburg vacation rental to enjoy a scenic wander. The Huckleberry Trail is a greenway that meanders right through the town, and is perfect for runners, mountain bikers, or anyone who just fancies a leisurely amble on a sunny day. You can also explore Heritage Park and the Ellet Valley Recreational Area, whose lush, green thickets cover well over 100 acres. After working up an appetite, you can head for downtown Blacksburg – a quaint district of red-brick buildings and 19th-century streetlamps where you’ll find an eclectic assortment of restaurants tucked alongside pretty art galleries and antique stores.

Culture and history in Blacksburg

One of the main cultural hubs near Blacksburg vacation rentals is the Moss Arts Center. Part of Virginia Tech, it’s a popular venue which puts on performances of time-honored classical music as well as more experimental, contemporary works, not to mention painting and photography exhibitions. Fancy a spot of time travel? Head to the Historic Smithfield Plantation, which was once home to legendary colonial pioneer William Preston. This elegant property was once a center of political and social intrigue, and the costumed guides will take you on a tour through the 18th century in this impeccably preserved slice of the past. The kitchen garden, with its array of plants that would have been recognizable to the original inhabitants, is especially fascinating.

Sunny outings in Blacksburg

There’s no denying things can get pretty hot in Blacksburg during the summer months. Yet, thanks to the area’s elevation, it’s significantly cooler and more comfortable than other parts of the state. And the yellow rays of the sun really do bring out the beauty of the surrounding area. If you’re eager to take advantage of the great hiking opportunities, booking Blacksburg vacation rentals for late spring and summer is recommended.

Appalachian adventures near Blacksburg

Blacksburg is nestled between the Alleghany and Blue Ridge Mountains, and hikers won’t be able to resist heading out to see the dramatic, undulating landscape for themselves. The community’s proximity to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests – home to deer, bald eagles, and bobcats – is a big plus, and it’s also well worth taking a day trip out to McAfee Knob. This is one of the most famous, and most photographed, spots on the whole Appalachian Trail. Hike up to its iconic, rock ledge for sweeping views over the Catawba Valley, and tick one more thing off your bucket list.