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Waid Recreation Park is a 220-acre facility located near Rocky Mount in Franklin County, along the site of the Old Carolina Wagon Trail.

The park is nestled near the Pigg River, which is home of the “Pigg River Ramble,” a three-day kayak/canoe race and festival. More than 400 acres of rolling terrain and creek crossings make this area great for beginners and more experienced hikers and bikers, as well as family events or picnics.

More than 400 acres of rolling terrain and creek crossings make this area great for beginners and more experienced hikers and bikers. The location also hosts various special events and athletic leagues.

Amenities include:

  • 7 miles of walking and hiking trails
  • Two walking tracks
  • Equestrian trails
  • Covered picnic shelters, pavilions, and grills
  • Two playgrounds
  • Fishing, canoeing, and kayaking
  • Soccer, baseball & softball fields


  • There are 10 total miles of hiking trails.

Hike It, Bike It

  • The park is family and pet-friendly and fishing accessible.


  • Follow US Hwy 220 S to State Rt. 919 in Boone for 14.7 miles.
  • Continue on SR 919 for 3.1 miles, and turn right onto State Rt. 697 for 1.2 miles.
  • Turn left onto SR 731 for 1.2 miles then onto SR 641 for 1 mile. Turn left onto SR 734 for 3 miles and turn right to stay on SR 734.
  • Continue onto SR 643 and turn right onto SR 640 where you go for a mile, and turn left onto SR 800 and the destination will be on the right.
  • Parking is available at the park.

Add-on Adventures

  • Visit the 22,000-acre Smith Mountain Lake, just a short drive from Rocky Mount, and enjoy a day on the water or the dock.
  • Grab a beer at Chaos Mountain Brewing, the closest brewery to the campground.
  • Drive to Martinsville, just 20 minutes south, and check out Martinsville Speedway, an iconic NASCAR location unique to Southwest Virginia.

Nearby Breweries

  • Chaos Mountain Brewing Expand Collapse

    Chaos Mountain Brewing is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, in Franklin County.

    The tasting room features a combination of packaged products as well as some small batch brews totaling six to 10 different styles at any time. Chaos Mountain is dedicated to producing the best possible beer from the best available ingredients. From easy drinking session beers to big, intense Belgian style ales, there is something that just about everyone will enjoy.

    One note if you plan to visit the brewery and are coming from 221 Bent Mountain, do not follow GPS over the gap.

    The brewery is open Thursday through Sunday.

  • Hammer & Forge Brewing Co. Expand Collapse

    Hammer & Forge Brewing Company exists as a celebration of the hard workers in every industry! The company brews each beer to honor the dedication of everyday hard working people; individuals who see each new day as an opportunity to improve themselves and the world around them.

    Life is not about the end goal; life is an adventure meant to be enjoyed with the people you love by learning new things and experiencing new places. Our journey just happens to include making great beer!

    Open Thursday through Saturday.

Nearby Wineries

  • Brooks Mill Winery Expand Collapse

    Brooks Mill Winery is a small farm fruit winery operated by H.T. and Rhonda Page near SMith Mountain Lake in Franklin County, Virginia. We have been making fruit wine as a hobby for more than 16 years.

    From dry dinner wines to sweet dessert wines, Brooks Mill has a wine for you. The winery also has several award-winning wines, including the popular Blackberry (Fingerlakes Wine Competition bronze medal), Blueberry (Fingerlakes Wine Competition gold medal), and Pear dessert wine (Fingerlakes Wine Competition bronze medal).

    The winery also grows blueberries, pears, apples, peaches, and cherries.

    The tasting room is open Thursday through Monday from March to December; call for hours the rest of the year.

Nearby Shopping & Gear

  • Franklin Freewheelers Expand Collapse

    franklin-county-freewheelers-bicycle-clubFranklin Freewheelers, Inc. is a registered non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Virginia in 1998.

    The purpose of the Franklin Freewheelers is to promote and encourage the use of the bicycle for transportation and recreation, to support the rights of cyclists, to provide information on bicycling safety, and to encourage fun and fellowship among cyclists of all ability levels.

    Really, we’re just a bunch of folks who like to ride our bikes – Less meeting, more riding . . . that’s us!

    We have three official meetings a year; a business meeting each winter to elect officers for the new year and discuss any other business that needs to be brought before the club membership for decisions. We have a Spring social in May with rides and a potluck, and a Fall social in October, again with rides and potluck. Additionally, we schedule multiple, hosted club rides in Franklin and surrounding counties throughout the riding season April to November.

    Club members also take part in a wide variety of rides and activities sponsored by other clubs and organizations.

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