Giles County


About Giles County

Giles County was established in 1806 from Montgomery, Monroe, Wythe and Tazwell counties. The county is named for William Branch Giles who was born in Amelia County in 1762. Giles became a lawyer and from there was elected to the United States House of Representatives where he served from 1790 to 1815.

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 to be a rival of the James and the Rappahannock as one of the best fishing rivers in Virginia. Rafting, kayaking, canoeing and tubing are always popular on the New River.

Things to do while in Giles County

A visit to Giles County Virginia would not be complete without visiting the famous filming site of Dirty Dancing at Mountain Lake.  Mountain Lake has been hosting guests, weddings, movie stars and outdoor lovers for 152 years.  With over 2,600 acres to explore, you will not find yourself with nothing to do while visiting this beautiful mountain retreat.  The Cascade Falls is another site not to miss.

About 150,000 visitors a year visit the Cascades. Without question, Cascade Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia and possibly on the entire East Coast. Little Stony Creek falls over a vertical cliff in several different streams. Several streams cascade a couple times on the way down while others fall the whole distance of the falls.

The 69 ft. falls crash into a large pool surrounded by two hundred foot cliff walls from which large ice formations hang in the winter. The scene is both breathtaking and peaceful as the falls combine both power and beauty. The falls are also fairly easy to view, with wooden stairs and platforms on one side of the pool allowing a visitor to get very close to the falls as well as allowing a photographer many different angles for photographs.

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