Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the County of Bland is a natural wonderland, hosting over 74,000 acres of the pristine Jefferson National Forest.
As a rural community, Bland County’s churches, schools, 4-H Clubs and other social and civic organizations are active in sponsoring recreational and cultural programs.
Bland County offers area residents and visitors a variety of outdoor recreational assets. Portions of the Jefferson National Forest and the Appalachian Trail are located in the county. Bland County is a proud member of the Appalachian Trail Community with 56 miles of the trail traversing the beautiful landscape of the county.
Bland County is also home to the Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum, a reconstructed 500-year old Native American site which was discovered in 1970 during the construction of I-77. In May 1970, Howard MacCord led the excavation of the site. The construction of the interstate was stopped for a very brief time to complete the dig. It was the first official state recognized archeology site (State # 44BD1) in Bland County and named for Brown Johnston who owned the farm the site was located on. The site gives a glimpse of a story of a people and their way of life long ago. In 1992, the community never forgot the memory of a village that had once stood in Bland County. Under the direction of George Schaeffer and members of the Bland County Historical Society a plan was implemented to create a museum dedicated to the history of the first Native American people who called the mountains of Bland County home. Funding was secured, community joined in and the village came back to life. In 1996, the re-creation of the village, based upon the archaeology report, opened to the public. In October 1998, the conventional museum building opened. In 2014, the County of Bland assumed operations of the museum & continues to rebuild the village. In its history, Wolf Creek Indian Village & Museum has hosted visitors from just about every country and all 50 states. Thousands of school age children have learned about First People history of the mountains and of the state of Virginia at Wolf Creek.
Camping, hunting, fishing, hiking and picnicking opportunities are virtually unlimited. The area is a hunter’s paradise where bear, deer and small game can be hunted in season. For the fisherman, brook and rainbow trout are abundant in the small mountain streams while bass and other species are found in the larger streams. For the golf enthusiast, Wolf Creek Golf and Country Club has an 18-hole course that is open to the public.
Frederico Morini Signature Road Cycling Trail
Motorcycle Trails: Turkey Strut, Horn of the Cow, Claw of the Dragon
Jefferson National Forest (Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, & Horseback Riding)
Round Mountain Trail
Wolf Creek Golf Course