The New River Valley is home to several great communities, all with small town atmosphere and easy access to outdoor activities. The area offers water activities on the New River and Claytor Lake, hiking on the Appalachian Trail and Jefferson National Forest, and biking on the New River Trail and multiple Virginia Scenic By-Ways.
Area communities (Pulaski, Dublin, Christiansburg, Radford and Blacksburg) are home to large universities including Radford University and Virginia Tech. The towns each offer unique atmospheres and cultures. The communities offer world class cultural opportunities including the Moss Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and ready access to Division I College sporting events. In addition the communities are well known as great areas to raise children and retire.