Right for me? Life in Blacksburg

Life in Blacksburg

A college town

Blacksburg is a community with a population of 45,000 and is situated on a high plateau in southwestern Virginia between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountain ranges.

Home to Virginia Tech

Through Virginia Tech, the state's most comprehensive university, Blacksburg residents enjoy a wide range of educational, social, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Movies, plays, dances, concerts, lectures, and sports are offered year-round. One of the newest additions is the Center for the Arts housed in the Moss Arts Center, which opened in Fall of 2013.

Outdoor recreational opportunities abound

Within minutes of campus are streams, rivers, and lakes which provide fishing, boating, and swimming. A popular summertime diversion is tubing on the New River above McCoy Falls. Outside magazine ranked Blacksburg a top ten “dream town” for outdoors enthusiasts because of its proximity to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and the Appalachian Trail, which offer some of the most scenic biking, hiking, and camping in the eastern United States. The geography of the area creates additional opportunities for caving and rock climbing.

Downtown Blacksburg

The vibrant downtown is home to over 150 stores, art galleries, eclectic restaurants, the Blacksburg Farmers Market, and the Lyric Theater.

Learn more about downtown Blacksburg.

How to get around in Blacksburg

Learn more about the Blacksburg Transit bus system and other alternative transportation.

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