Community population: 13,733 / Service area population: 83,103
Welcome to the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, to a place of trout filled rivers, quiet lakes and majestic mountains. With its beautiful location and rich history, Martinsville and Henry County are home to a variety of noteworthy recreational, cultural and historical sites. Martinsville offers ample public and private schools that provide sound educational support from primary through higher education. Nearby Patrick Henry Community College is fully accredited and offers a two-year program for those seeking associate’s degrees or career certificates, an occupational/technical program for those seeking employment opportunities, and New College Institute provides access to bachelor and master’s degrees from various universities and colleges throughout Virginia. Martinsville is also home to the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Piedmont Arts Association and the Martinsville Speedway. The area is a haven for fishermen and water sports enthusiasts. The 3,000-acre Philpott Lake boasts an undeveloped shoreline. The Smith River offers some of the best native brown trout fishing in the state. And Fairy Stone State Park offers 4,750 acres of hiking, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, tent sites, RV hookups, cabins and camping lodges.