Wythe County is surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Blue Ridge and offers an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. Hiking on the numerous mountain trails will provide visitors with the opportunity to see breathtaking forest and foliage in many relatively untouched areas. You may spy a family of deer enjoying breakfast, or see rabbits and squirrels scampering through the leaves. A variety of recreational activities await visitors from hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding…all within convenient distance to numerous restaurants, motels, campgrounds and attractions!
The main feature of the seal is the Shot Tower located at Jacksons Ferry. The Shot Tower was selected because it is “an extremely visible landmark with marked historical background.” It is a symbol of the mining and manufacturing industries in the eastern part of the county. The New River, the second oldest river in the world, can be seen to the left of the tower. The mountains and the trees, including the dogwood, the official tree of Virginia, represent the beauty of the area. The motto “secundis dubiisque rectus” was taken from the bookplate of George Wythe, for whom the county is named. The motto is generally interpreted as “upright in prosperity and perils.” The date 1790 is the when the county was formed.