Southern Virginia


Stroll historic Main Street towns built by tobacco, trains and textiles.  Depots now house museums and visitor centers while former plantations-turned-resorts welcome with Southern hospitality.   Virginia’s lake country lures fishermen and boaters, while the racing region dominates with six exciting speedways.

SOVAmapVIR Resort at Virginia International Raceway in Alton combines resort amenities with upscale villas and hotel guest rooms, flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces and a 5/8-mile track.  Karting, performance driving, golf, skeet shooting, spa treatments and fine dining are all available.  VIR and South Boston Speedway host a variety of auto and motorcycle events, while Martinsville Speedway, a charter member of NASCAR, has been hosting racing events for more than 60 years.

Bugg’s Island /Kerr Lake Reservoir – Virginia’s largest lake – in this area delivers recreation and beauty in its over 50,000 acres of fresh water and 800 miles of shoreline. Boating, fishing and other water sports beckon visitors who also enjoy hiking, cycling, golfing and hunting.  Clarksville, the state’s only lakeside town, offers shopping, dining and rustic to deluxe lodging options.

On Virginia's southern border, tobacco was king, making millionaires of growers, railroaders and merchants.  A visit to the aptly named Millionaires Row in Danville, also home of the Gibson Girl, and the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in South Boston, is a wonderful introduction to the region's heritage.

Museums from the Natural History Museum to the AAF Tank Museum along with the Bob Cage Sculpture Farm all combine to make Virginia's Southern Region a destination to please even the most discriminating guest.

Martinsville and the nearby Smith River Sports Complex are becoming increasingly popular for baseball, lacrosse, soccer and ultimate events.

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Danish Saadat, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Sports Virginia