Your Staycation Destination

Pulaski County, Virginia

It's Time for Open Spaces.

Pulaski County is your staycation destination – a secluded environment for those who want to social distance and enjoy a small town feel with big city things to do. From sunshine at Claytor Lake State Park to local, boutique shopping at the Draper Mercantile, Pulaski County has something for all. Customize your visit with our itineraries below.

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COVID-19 has impacted industries, employment, education, and all of our daily lives. From small towns to urban settings, we are all desiring an escape – an escape to travel safely, live simply, and enjoy open spaces. Virginia Tourism’s WanderLove campaign inspires Virginia road trip adventurers to travel throughout the state this summer and fall while seeking safe destinations that allow for social distancing. These road trips will highlight outdoor adventure, hidden gems, and small towns. While just a short drive from Roanoke and Bristol, Pulaski County invites you to join us in wandering. Escape is next door.

A Pulaski Escape:

Outdoor Adventure

2 People canoeing on Claytor Lake

Learn and explore the story of the past and present through a two-hour car tour accompanied and guided by the izi app historical marker tour. Stop by suggested historic eats and stays on your journey.

LOVE Pulaski
Visit the LOVE sign at Draper Community Park and hop on the New River Trail.
Scenic Views
Gaze at the Draper Mountain Overlook that beautifully captures Draper Valley and the Town of Pulaski.
How about H2O?
Rent paddle boards with Mountain 2 Island at Claytor Lake.
Get Some Grub
Experience casual, upscale dining at Preston's
Sporty Stuff
Go golf at Pete Dye River Course.
A Place to Rest
Sink into relaxation at New River Retreat.

A Pulaski Escape:

Thrills

Child fishing off of a boat in Claytor Lake

Adventure is the root of what ties the New River Valley partners together.

Majestic Waters
Travel down the New River Water Trail from Pulaski to Giles County.
Adventure
Bike at the Hoover Mountain Bike Area to add a little extra adventure.
Enjoy the Ride
Head over to the Trans Virginia Bike Route to pedal on country roads throughout the New River Valley.
Contemporary Cuisine
Eat in Giles County at the Palisades restaurant for delicious food in a countryside setting.
Just Add Water
Travel to Claytor Lake to rent kayaks, boats, and more at Mountain 2 Island.
Mountains
Ride the rugged Draper Mountain Bike Trail in Pulaski.

A Pulaski Escape:

Culture

A performance at the Listening Room

Relish in art, talent, and experience. From shopping to shows, we’ve got it all.

Culinary Delight
Enjoy coffee, breakfast brunch or lunch at The Village table.
Local Shopping
The Draper Mercantile and Village Shoppes offer local goods in a charming atmosphere.
Sippin' on Sweetness
Visit Iron Heart Winery for wine tasting + more.
Calling All Theatre Lovers
Attend the Adaire Theatre to enjoy a range of performances.
Gallery Gaze
Soak up beauty at the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley.
Southern Hospitality
Stay at the Jackson Park Inn, the perfect mix of originality and modern updates.

A Pulaski Escape:

Rich History

Learn and explore the story of the past and present through a two-hour car tour accompanied and guided by the izi app historical marker tour. Stop by suggested historic eats and stays on your journey.

Cruisn'
Drive to various historical markers using the izi app for a self-guided tour.
Historic Eats
Dine in a refurbished 1920’s warehouse at Al’s on First.
Museum
Visit the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Museum.
Remembrance
Visit Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery.
Night Views
Watch night skies from the D.C. Wysor Observatory.
Historic Stays
Stay at Rockwood Manor, a historic bed and breakfast.

Experience the Lifestyle of Pulaski County

Rent boats, kayaks and paddle boards with Mountain 2 Island Rent boats, kayaks and paddle boards with Mountain 2 Island
Escape to Pulaski’s scenic views. Escape to Pulaski’s scenic views.
Drink local coffee in a charming setting at the Village Shoppes. Drink local coffee in a charming setting at the Village Shoppes.
Snap a photo of the LOVE sign at Claytor Lake. Snap a photo of the LOVE sign at Claytor Lake.
Taste fresh, southern eats at Al’s on First. Taste fresh, southern eats at Al’s on First.
Explore the waters of Claytor Lake. Explore the waters of Claytor Lake.
Reflect on the past at the Raymond F. Ratcliffe memorial Transportation Museum. Reflect on the past at the Raymond F. Ratcliffe memorial Transportation Museum.
Shop an eclectic array of speciality shoppes at the Draper Village. Shop an eclectic array of speciality shoppes at the Draper Village.
Ride bikes on the New River Trail State Park. Ride bikes on the New River Trail State Park.
Catch a show at our local theatres. Catch a show at our local theatres.
Eat in a unique, quaint setting on the patio at Al’s on First. Eat in a unique, quaint setting on the patio at Al’s on First.
Golf beside the New River at the Pete Dye River Course. Golf beside the New River at the Pete Dye River Course.
Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Southwest Virginia’s premier farmer’s market, The Marketplace. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Southwest Virginia’s premier farmer’s market, The Marketplace.
Visit Iron Heart Winery, a local business forged in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia. Visit Iron Heart Winery, a local business forged in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia.
Embrace Pulaski culture with local music at the Draper Mercantile. Embrace Pulaski culture with local music at the Draper Mercantile.
Catch a game or an event at the Puaski Yankees’ stadium. Catch a game or an event at the Puaski Yankees’ stadium.
Indulge in fresh produce and homemade goods with The Marketplace. Indulge in fresh produce and homemade goods with The Marketplace.
Love the outdoors at Draper Community Park. Love the outdoors at Draper Community Park.
Savor sweets and fudge at The Blue Ridge Fudge Lady. Savor sweets and fudge at The Blue Ridge Fudge Lady.
Kick back on the beach at Claytor lake State Park. Kick back on the beach at Claytor lake State Park.
Escape chaos with cabana rentals at Iron Heart Winery. Escape chaos with cabana rentals at Iron Heart Winery.
Discover unique finds at the Curious Quill. Discover unique finds at the Curious Quill.
Soak up sunsets at Claytor Lake State Park. Soak up sunsets at Claytor Lake State Park.
Dine at the Village Shoppes for signature sandwiches, soups, and baked goods. Dine at the Village Shoppes for signature sandwiches, soups, and baked goods.
Rest at our local wineries. Rest at our local wineries.
Canoe at Gatewood Park Campground and Reservoir. Canoe at Gatewood Park Campground and Reservoir.
Uncover history at the Wilderness Road regional Museum. Uncover history at the Wilderness Road regional Museum.
Stop by the Pulaski County Visitor’s Center for more information Stop by the Pulaski County Visitor’s Center for more information
Rent boats, kayaks and paddle boards with Mountain 2 Island Rent boats, kayaks and paddle boards with Mountain 2 Island
Drink local coffee in a charming setting at the Village Shoppes. Drink local coffee in a charming setting at the Village Shoppes.
Snap a photo of the LOVE sign at Claytor Lake. Snap a photo of the LOVE sign at Claytor Lake.
Ride bikes on the New River Trail State Park. Ride bikes on the New River Trail State Park.
Catch a game or an event at the Puaski Yankees’ stadium. Catch a game or an event at the Puaski Yankees’ stadium.
Savor sweets and fudge at The Blue Ridge Fudge Lady. Savor sweets and fudge at The Blue Ridge Fudge Lady.
Kick back on the beach at Claytor lake State Park. Kick back on the beach at Claytor lake State Park.
Soak up sunsets at Claytor Lake State Park. Soak up sunsets at Claytor Lake State Park.
Dine at the Village Shoppes for signature sandwiches, soups, and baked goods. Dine at the Village Shoppes for signature sandwiches, soups, and baked goods.
Stop by the Pulaski County Visitor’s Center for more information Stop by the Pulaski County Visitor’s Center for more information