Located in the southwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Galax – home to Twin County Regional Hospital – has long been famous for its bluegrass music and the world’s oldest and largest Fiddler’s Convention. The gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city is rich with tradition, recreation and scenic beauty.
Twin County Regional Hospital, located in Galax, Virginia, is the flagship of the Twin County Regional Healthcare delivery system and serves Grayson and Carroll counties in Southwest Virginia. Centered on a mission “to promote, preserve and restore the health of our community” and emphasizing excellent service, safety, quality and efficiency, Twin County Regional Hospital has been the anchor and region’s leader in healthcare since 1973.
Twin County Regional Hospital and the Twin County Physician Practices – Behavioral Health, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT); Family Practice in Galax, Hillsville and Independence; Pediatrics, Rheumatology, Surgery and Urology – continually develop and improve services, as well as outreach programs, in response to community need. Their work is based on a foundation of teamwork, compassion and respect for all.
Twin County Regional Healthcare is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The area has a small town atmosphere with easy access to larger metropolitan areas. The Galax-Carroll-Grayson region cherishes its past, filled with tradition, and looks forward to an even more prosperous future. Here, you will discover an area filled with extraordinary beauty and natural resources, enriched with a human spirit that is unparalleled. You’ll find industrious people who hold strong to commitment to basic values of honesty, integrity, family, serving their community and keeping alive the traditions of their past.
Residents of the Galax-Carroll-Grayson region enjoy ready access to many outdoor recreational activities. The area offers everything from hiking the Appalachian Trail and canoeing the New River to biking the New River Trail and hunting and fishing in nearby state parks and National Forests. The Twin Counties are home to native trout streams, rare wild flowers, natural white pine forests and unsurpassed views. It is an ideal environment in which to raise children or work toward retirement – a place where the people are friendly and the pace is slow.
The Galax-Carroll-Grayson region also boasts a progressive, well-rounded program of educational opportunities for students from daycare through high school. Nearby colleges include Wytheville Community College and Old Dominion University in Wytheville (satellite learning opportunity also located at Crossroads Institute in Galax); New River Community College in Dublin; Radford University in Radford; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Emory and Henry College in Emory and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Galax is home to a number of parks and recreation facilities, including:
The 765-acre New River Trail State Park, which has been designated an official National Recreation Trail by the U. S. Department of the Interior. The park parallels 39 miles of the New River, which is one of the world’s oldest rivers and among a handful of rivers flowing north. Among other things, New River is known for its fishing and boating.
Matthews State Forest, a 566-acre state forest located just outside the City of Galax. Recreational activities available include hiking and biking trails, along with an educational center and the Matthews Living History Farm.
The 28-acre Felts Park, featuring five lit tennis courts, a half-mile paved walking path, a 25-meter outdoor pool, an outdoor playground and covered picnic area, two baseball/softball fields, and outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts. Adult and youth sports programs are available too.
Galax Municipal Golf Course
Mountain View Recreation Park, featuring two multi-use baseball/softball fields, batting cages, a covered picnic area and a 4/10-mile paved walking path.
The area also boasts:
Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, a year-round arts and crafts school providing classes for all ages and all skill levels. Classes are offered in music, literature, drawing, painting, photography, fiber, jewelry, ceramics, glass, wood & stone, and the culinary arts.
The Blue Ridge Music Center, which celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge. The site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight this important strand of American musical culture. Programming includes an annual concert series, performance talks and exhibitions at its museum. The Blue Ridge Music Center also offers visitors two attractive hiking trails.
The 475-seat, historic Rex Theater, home of the Friday night live radio show “Blueridge Backroads” and regular live-music performances.