Radford Info & Welcome Center

Radford Info & Welcome Center

701A West Main Street
Radford, VA 24141

Phone: (540) 267-3153
Toll Free: (866) 605-6442
Email: info@visitradford.com

Begin your New River City visit at the Radford Info & Welcome Center for maps, things to do and places to eat, shop and stay while you’re here.  You’ll also find Radford t-shirts, postcards and souvenirs.

The Welcome Center is the gateway to the NRV story. Adjacent to the Radford Welcome Center is the Mary Draper Ingles statue, Glencoe Museum and the New River Train Observatory.

Temporary hours are Tue-Thur 10AM-2PM but please stop in if you see the lights on!


Explore the Area

Radford is centrally located in the heart of the New River Valley just off I-81 between Exit 109 and Exit 105. With easy access to Radford University, Virginia Tech, Claytor Lake, Floyd and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the City offers plenty of accommodation choices and over 35 restaurants!  The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) is about 45 minutes away and provides many frequent and direct flights.

Bordered on three sides by the New River and neatly tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Radford features a delightfully picturesque setting for a diverse and charming array of activities. A small city with big opportunities, visitors can enjoy a rich culture and interesting historical sites, as well as an abundance of recreational offerings.

Two of Radford’s 14 parks offer ready access to the New River, where enthusiasts can boat, kayak, canoe, or tube on the gentle, clear water. Tube and kayak rentals and shuttles can be found in Bisset Park seasonally or by calling 540-731-3633 for reservation information.

The fish are also constantly biting, with muskie and smallmouth bass being the favorites. Take to the river on your own or leave it to the local experts and book a guided fishing trip. The parks also offer numerous picnicking, hiking, and recreation opportunities, as well as four stops on the Virginia Wildlife & Birding Trail.

Points on Virginia’s Civil War Trail and Wilderness Road can also be found in Radford.

Radford University hosts numerous theater, art, dance, and music productions throughout the year that are open to the public. Support the Highlanders at one of their home games. You’ll also find special events, bowling, movies and restaurants on campus. The Planetarium and Museum of Earth Sciences are favorites for the kids and the entire family.

For show times and ticket information:

College of Visual and Performing Arts
Planetarium schedule
Museum of Earth Sciences
Radford University Athletics
Radford University website

For information about moving to Radford, opening a business here and general information:

City of Radford website
Radford Public Schools
Radford Chamber of Commerce

Several regional websites will help you plan a perfect vacation for the entire family:

Crooked Road
Blue Ridge Parkway
‘Round the Mountain Artisan Trails
Outdoor Recreation/Appalachian Spring
Virginia Tech and Hokie Football
New River Community College
Claytor Lake State Park
Virginia is for Lovers
Visit New River Valley

Regional Initiatives

Radford Visitor's Center

The History of Radford

The first permanent settlement within Radford’s present boundaries occurred at the New River crossing of the Wilderness Road. This trail extended westward from the valley of Virginia through southwest Virginia and on to the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. This pathway became known as the Wilderness Road and with later development it became known as the Stagecoach Road. Stagecoach Road would later be called the Valley Pike and eventually what is now US 11. Radford’s section of this road is known as Rock Road and here in 1762 William Ingles and his wife, Mary Draper Ingles, established Ingles’ Ferry. The ferry became the nucleus of a commercial center which was to have, among other businesses, a tavern, blacksmith’s shop and a general store.

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Radford, Virginia is conveniently located right off Interstate 81 in southwest Virginia.

To get to our Welcome Center, take Exit 105 off Interstate 81 and travel 3.8 miles. The Info & Welcome Center is located at the intersection of Robertson Street and West Main Street.

Get directions from your location!

See the sights and check out the city with convenient easy-to-read Radford city maps.

Here are some local places where we hold events:
All are located in Radford, VA 24141

  • Veteran’s Field at 1500 New River Drive
  • Bisset Park-Shelter at 1-23 Berkley Williams Drive
  • Dudley’s Landing at 1601 New River Drive
  • Belle Heth Elementary School at 151 George Street
  • Joe Hodge Field at 1014 Pendleton Street
  • John Dobbins Park at 605 Seventeenth Street
  • King Center at 300 Scott Street
  • McHarg Elementary School at 700 Twelfth Street
  • Radford High School at 50 Dalton Drive
  • Radford Recreation Center at 200 George Street
  • Riverview Park at 2501 River Street
  • Sunset Park at 908 Eighth Street

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