Giles County, Virginia, is a county situated in the southwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Giles County is home to approximately 17,500 residents.
The relatively low population density of Giles County means that, at any one time, there are perhaps 50 to 100 Giles County VA homes for sale. However, the prospective Giles County home buyer will find a wide variety of Giles County real estate available. The homes for sale in Giles County will range from beautifully restored and maintained homes from almost a century ago to large country estates built in just the last few years. Some Giles County properties feature newer Giles County homes on hilltop locations with fabulous views. At the same time, young families, or those working with a budget, will find Giles County homes for sale that are very modestly-priced.
Those that choose to invest in Giles County VA real estate will enjoy close proximity to the Appalachian Trail, great fishing in the New River, and the many other amenities to enhance one's lifestyle. Finally, real estate in Giles County in the form of developed lots and vacant land is readily available. Those wishing to build their dream homes or vacation retreats will find the land on which to build them in beautiful Giles County.
The county is named after William Branch Giles, who was elected governor of Virginia in 1827. Giles County is the home of one of only two natural freshwater lakes in Virginia. The beauty of this area was recognized early on, and the Mountain Lake Lodge was built in the mid-19th century. In the 1930s, the initial wooden lodge was replaced with a structure using stone native to the surrounding area. Interestingly, in 1987, much of the on-location filming for the movie "Dirty Dancing" was done at Mountain Lake Lodge.
Parks and Recreation
The 50-acre Mountain Lake is situated at an elevation of 3875 feet. Mountain Lake is in fact the only natural freshwater lake in the southern Appalachians. This 6000 year-old body of water was probably formed from rockslides and the resultant damming. Underground springs feed the lake and keep its temperature under 70-degrees at almost all times. Guests of the Mountain Lake Lodge enjoy a variety of water sports and activities including canoeing, paddle boating, and fishing. Both hiking and mountain biking are also popular in the area. The facility is also at the center of a 2600-acre nature preserve. The lodge is open on a seasonal basis, from spring until fall.
In Pearlsburg there is the Whitt-Riverbend Park. This 28-acre facility is right on the New River. The many activities here include fishing, birdwatching, picnicking, hiking on a 1.1 mile loop trail, playing on the playground, and even canoe-in camping.
37-miles of the New River flow through Giles County. BASSMasters Magazine recognized the New River as one of the best smallmouth bass fishing rivers in the entire country. Also, 50-miles of the Appalachian Trail pass through Giles County. A relatively short two-mile hike can take explorers up to the spectacular Cascade Falls, a dramatic waterfall that Giles County is known for.
Attractions and Events
In Pembroke, there is the Castle Rock Golf and Recreation facility. Everyone in the family can find something to enjoy here, from the 18-hole golf course to the Olympic-size swimming pool to the lighted tennis courts.
For eight years now, the Giles Arts Council has held the "Art on the Lawn" event. The lawn of the Giles County Courthouse is the site of this mid-September show.This juried event attracts attendees from throughout the county.