Resting quietly in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, with an area of about 363 square miles and a population of around 16,000, Giles County offers a relaxed small-town atmosphere for its residents and visitors.
Thirty-seven miles of the New River flow through the heart of Giles County, and offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities for everyone. The New River is considered one of the best fishing rivers in Virginia. Rafting, kayaking, canoeing and tubing are always popular on the New River.
Giles hosts 92.4 square miles of Jefferson National Forest which are perfect for hunting and hiking. Come hike our 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail or many of the smaller trails such as the 2 mile hike up to see the spectacular Cascade Falls. Just a short drive from Giles County are Claytor Lake and Gatewood Reservoir.