Southern Virginia is the heart of the state’s racing industry. There are a number of major tracks here where you can see races – or get behind the wheel yourself! Birch Creek Motorsports in Sutherlin is a locals’ favorite, while Lake Sugar Tree Motorsports Park is the spot for motocross racing.
South Boston Speedway is a hometown track with more than 50 years of putting on great events. Martinsville Speedway held its first NASCAR event in 1949 and continues that tradition today. In Alton, the Virginia International Raceway is a 3.27-mile natural terrain road course with first-rate racer and spectator facilities.
The region is peppered with fascinating historic sites. See the site of the Bloody Monday nonviolent protests in Danville, which drew the support of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, or visit the Boyd Tavern, which was built in Boydton in 1790. In Long Island you will find Cedar Forest Grist Mill, which is one of the oldest operating grist mills in the state.
Cedar Creek Grist Mill in Virginia
Steeped in a rich history tying together the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, and tobacco farming, Southern Virginia today is a dynamic region full of charming towns and exciting adventures. Let’s get started!
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Southern Virginia is the heart of the state’s racing and is home to some of the most famous tracks and most prominent races in the nation. When it comes to NASCAR, few names are bigger than Martinsville, a short track course which held its first sanctioned event in 1948. Virginia International Raceway, meanwhile, is a natural terrain road course stretching more than 3 miles. Everyone can enjoy the action at Martinsville Grand Prix Go Karts.
There’s a lot of great countryside to see in Southern Virginia, so buckle up and hit the highway. Roll across the waving countryside and head to Lake Kerr, where you can cool off on a hot summer day. Hit Occoneechee State Park to hike one of the nature trails then head to the Staunton River for a popular 11-mile float. Rent a bike and pedal the Anglers Ridge Trail along the Dan River – it’s gorgeous!