Halifax County and South Boston, Virginia lie just north of the Carolina border where stunning scenic byways and classic country roads will lead you through beautiful countryside and into quaint downtowns and various attractions, including vineyards, historical landmarks, two state parks, a world-class equestrian ranch, and a craft distillery. Come, venture our way for a day trip, a weekend getaway, or an extended stay, you will not be disappointed.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love that we are part of Southern Virginia’s Wild Blueway and Virginia’s largest lake, Buggs Island. Grab your canoe, kayak, or SUP board and head to the rivers and lakes of the Southern Virginia. Imagine a paddling experience unlike any other. Experience over 100 miles of navigable river, leading to 1,200 miles of a beautiful lake shoreline. Explore unspoiled wilderness and abundant fish and wildlife, all just a short drive from major cities. Set up a waterfront camp with no crowds; just minutes from great restaurants, hotels, and outfitters. This is the promise of the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway. Amazing scenery and miles of pure paddling adventure await you.
After your day full of hiking, canoeing, and enjoying the beautiful landscape of Halifax County, feed your hunger with some of our excellent restaurants. Gourmands will relish dining at the award-winning restaurants—Bistro 1888, serving brilliant dishes with fresh, local ingredients or Molasses Grill for inspired southern cuisine. Join us in September for a week-long celebration of culinary excellence during Restaurant Week (September 8-14). From diners to down-home cooking to the latest in culinary genius, there is something for every palate on the prix-fixe tasting menus.
Have a history buff in the family? You can enjoy battlefields, museums, genealogy at the Courthouse, the historic Berry Hill Plantation, the Crossing of the Dan exhibit, and more. You do not have to just look at historic sites, though. You can follow our various trails to trace history: The Tobacco Heritage Trail, Civil Right in Heritage Trail, Wilson-Kautz Civil War Trail, and Lee’s Retreat Civil War Trail.
When you are ready for a little speed, discover the raceways. Halifax County is home to two racetracks. A renowned international natural terrain road-racing track can be found at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). South Boston Speedway is one of the nation’s premiere short tracks. For more than 50 years, the track has been the training ground for many famous NASCAR drivers.
We are also home to Staunton River State Park, a certified Dark Sky. What does that mean? The park has little to no light pollution allowing for unobstructed views of the night sky and its celestial objects. The park features two Star Gazing parties each year that are free and open to the public. Stargazers view the night sky through high-powered telescopes and learn from astronomers from across the globe.
Halifax County and South Boston may seem small, yet the type of offerings we have are abundant. When you arrive, make sure to stop by our Visitor Center and say hi. We are conveniently located at the intersection of Highways 58 & 360 (1180 Bill Tuck Highway); you can pick up brochures, browse our rotating exhibits, and shop for unique gifts. We look forward to seeing you.