A Perfect Homebase to Explore Virginia’s Backroad Attractions
Sarah’s Fox Creek General Store is not just a stop. It’s a destination.
It’s.a real country store and more!
Sarah’s friendly manner and delicious food have been drawing people from all around for years. Come spend a little time with us. The beautiful New River and all of the wildlife in the area – including wild ponies – make the whole experience a real treat for all!
Fox Creek General Store is the perfect home base from which to explore Southern Virginia, as many of the area’s best attractions are close by.
Sarah’s is a favorite stop for hikers, horseback riders… and for motorcyclists. The backroads are fun to ride, and Sarah’s food is the best around.
Check out the back story about Sarah’s place in the Independence Declaration.
It’s entitled: “Heart, home and community come together at Grant store.”
Wild Ponies and Hiking in Nearby Grayson Highlands State Park
Meet the wild ponies of Grayson Highlands State Park. Spread across 4,822 acres in southwestern Virginia, Grayson Highlands State Park is known for its sweeping views of mountain meadows (known as “balds”), its 2.8-mile leg of the Appalachian trail and, most notably, its thriving population of wild ponies.
According to Virginia State Park staffer Amy Atwood, the carefree equines, which some speculate to be the descendants of Assateague and Chincoteague ponies, were released by the U.S. Forest Service into the area surrounding Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and Grayson Highlands State Park in 1975.
Their purpose? To control the growth of brush along the balds, which are a man-made landscape forged by extensive logging operations in the late 19th century. The balds maintained a clear-cut appearance through the first half of the 20th century due to cattle ranching, but after the area was transformed into a state park in 1965, there were no more cows to keep the brush in check. That’s where these ponies came into the picture.
In the years since the ponies were released into the bald, the herd has thrived in the scrubby mountainous terrain, and the population now stands at around 150 individuals. To maintain a balance between the ponies and the environment, the Wilburn Ridge Pony Association was established in 1975 to maintain the herd and facilitate an annual auction of any excess colts.
Whatever the case, you and your kids and family can see the ponies up close and personal. Grayson Highlands State Park is only 13 miles from Fox Creek General Store.
If you like hiking, you’ll enjoy the beautiful trails at Grayson Highlands State Park. Here is the park trail guide.
All those young at heart will enjoy.
Source: Mother Nature Network
Close to Galax, the Capital of Old-Time Music
Sarah’s Fox Creek General Store is located on The Crooked Road.
The Crooked Road winds through almost 300 miles of scenic land in Southwest Virginia, including 19 counties, four cities and 54 small towns. And, the sounds of country music beat strong and pure in this part if the state.
Nearby Galax is the World Capital of Old-Time Music and is famous for its Old Fiddler’s Convention, a week-long event that takes place every August. This year, the 83rd celebration runs August 6-11, 2018. It’s the oldest and the largest fiddlers gathering in the world – one that keeps the tradition and spirit of old time music alive and well on Earth, preserving our musical heritage.
Whatever the time of year, you can enjoy the sounds of bluegrass at the famous Rex Theater in Galax at 113 East Grayson Street. Every Friday, Blue Ridge Backroads Live invites you to be part of the audience of WBRF 98.1 FM radio’s popular broadcast, featuring bluegrass and old country bands performing on stage.
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is also close by in Bristol, Virginia, as well as The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at Ferrum College.
The New River
The New River may be misnamed. Scientists say it’s actually one of the oldest rivers in the world, rivaling the Nile. Many believe it’s the oldest river in the U.S. And, it’s gorgeous.
Sarah’s Fox Creek General Store sits at the intersection of Virginia 16 and Flat Ridge Road in Grant. The road in front of Sarah’s place lazily winds around the sides of the hills here, sweeping right next to the River along the way. You get so close you can see the water rushing among the many trees and small bridges. In the Spring you see the blossoms in full bloom and in the Fall, the leaves are gorgeous.The photo above is Fox Creek on the New River, the namesake of Sarah’s store.
And by the way, if you want to get on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can take the 89 at Galax toward the North Carolina line.
Take your time. Enjoy!