Things To Do

Hardy Roberts Memorial Wave Pool | Call - (276) 496-5439
Come and visit the area's only wave pool. Conveniently located next to the Saltville Golf Club, the pool delivers a refreshing and affordable way to enjoy the ocean without having to drive several hours. Authentic waves produced by compressed air make this recreational feature a great place to spend a summer afternoon.




Ice Age Dig | Call - (276) 496-3633
Be a spectator during excavation activities and see bones of Ice Age animals being unearthed or participate in the “dig” activities. Most of the dig sites are in the Wellfields area and most sites have for years yielded information going back almost 20,000 years. Materials from the second most complete extinct musk ox skeleton ever found to illusive artifacts suggestive of human presence over 14,000 years ago. The column of blue-gray clay in which the specimens are recovered provide a continuous time-line from the present time back almost 200,000 years.




Palmer Grist Mill | Call Robert Duncan (276) 496-4500
See the beauty of a replica water powered Grist Mill plus the environmental features associated with the unusual surrounding habitat. The Mill houses a community theatre and the working mechanisms from the oldest Plantation style mill in Washington County, Virginia. Previous productions have included A Tuna Christmas, You Can’t Take It With You, Annie, Steel Magnolias, Sanders Family Christmas, and others. Productions are usually weekend events on Friday and Saturday nights, and a Sunday matinee.


Salt Made By Kettle Evaporation
During special events or upon request individuals demonstrate the technique of making salt by the kettle evaporation method. This method involves placing the natural occurring salt water (brine) in a cast iron settle, starting a wood fire underneath the kettle, bringing the brine to a boil, and then laboriously ladling the precipitated granular salt from the bottom of the kettle. The process is lengthy and labor consuming, requiring continually adding wood to the fire, replenishing the brine level as the steam leaves the kettle, and removing the granular salt avoiding the solidifying and adhering of the salt to the bottom of the kettle.


King-Stuart Cabin
The cabin was occupied from its beginning (circa 1795) through the 1960s. See the many visible indicators of the numerous transitional modernization periods the cabin has experienced. The original builders of the cabin probably never envisioned the cabins life expectancy nor the influence its occupants would have on the cultural developments. Enjoy the stories relating to the various families occupying the cabin including William King, William Alexander Stuart brother of Confederate Cavalry General J. E. B. Stuart, Flora Stuart, the widow of Gen. Stuart and others.


Salt Trail | Call (276) 496-5342
Southwest Virginia's newest Trail experience! (Info courtesy of Highlands Outdoors) The Virginia Salt Trail is a multi-use trail that runs between Glade Spring, Virginia and Saltville, Virginia. This trail is approximately 8.5 miles long. This trail is quickly becoming a favorite among locals, but has yet to catch on with tourists. If you're looking for a short bike ride or a place to run, the Salt Trail may be just what you're looking for. The Salt Trail is accessible on Old Mill Road in Glade Spring, or Allison Gap Road in Saltville. (download Salt Trail Map here)


Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church
This beautiful Church was built in 1896, from land that was donated from Mathieson Alkali Works to the Board of Trustees of the Church.

In 1904 W. D. Mort Donated the elegant pipe organ inside the Church. Mr. Mort was the works Manager at Mathieson Alkali Works. The pipe organ was first water powered, then hand pumped and then an electric motor was installed.


Madam Russell Memorial United Methodist Church
A registered United Methodist historic site, located at 207 West Main Street, in Saltville, Virginia stands today as a monument to Elizabeth Henry Campbell Russell, the region's earliest religious leader and to faithful Christian followers in Southwest Virginia. In 1824, a Methodist Church, the Elizabeth Church, was built and dedicated in her name. In 1898, construction was begun on a new Methodist Church, located a few feet from the original cabin of Madam Elizabeth Russell.

That Church, Madam Russell Memorial United Methodist Church served daily and weekly for service to people and the Saltville community and has acted as a pivotal gathering point for the entire community at many ceremonies and occasions. Visit the Church to see the exquisite original stained glass windows especially the Sanctuary. Also a reconstructed Russell log cabin is beside the main church complex where you can learn about early life and salt making in Saltville. (Visitors and worshipers are truly welcomed.)

Many other Churches of great religious-historical and community significance are located in Saltville and the surrounding areas. All are invited to come and visit!


Steam Locomotives
Walk around and observe steam locomotive No. 11, the oldest surviving N & W steam engine in existence. Both steam locomotives were in service from their arrival in the late 1890s or the early 1900s until their replacement by diesel powered units in the early 1960s. Other classic railroad equipment, including a caboose and local company paraphernalia are located at this site.




Golf Course | Call - (276) 496-7779
Saltville's’ Golf Course is one of the most level courses in the area. You would not expect such flat real estate in these mountains. Water hazards and sand traps make playing this beautiful setting a challenge. The course’s Pro Shop offers cart rentals, golfing equipment and refreshments. Enjoy the stories associated with the early origins of this course, which make it one of the areas oldest courses.




Woolly Mammoth
There are life size mobile models of a mother and baby Woolly Mammoth. Enjoy the stories related to the changing designs and construction stages of the larger Woolly Mammoth and to the multitude of features offered by the present day evolved form such as spraying generous volumes of water from the long trunk, emitting loud elephant like sounds from the mobile head section, flopping ears, blinking eyes, and moving legs and tail. Woolly has for many years competed with Punxsatawney Phil giving a week earlier weather prognostication at the Annual Woolly Day Breakfast.


VFW Wall of Honor 7328
HONOR AND RESPECT | Representing all branches of our Armed Forces, the Hardy Roberts VFW Post # 7328. To all veterans or present serving military personnel, You are in our Hearts and Prayers!

Find the names of your relatives or friends among the hundreds of names engraved in the memorial wall. All the names are of individuals from this community who served in some branch of the military service.


Civil War Battlefield Overlook | Call - Terry Hunt (276) 496-5988
Find the names of your relatives or friends among the hundreds of names engraved in the memorial wall. All the names are of individuals from this community who served in some branch of the military service.





Southwest Virginia Aquaculture Research & Extension Center
Visit this unique indoor facility where thousands of fish are raised for human consumption. Virginia Tech employees at the facility explain the daily operations that allow massive quantities of fish to be raised indoors and requiring very little water usage. See the large rotating biological cylinders that are continuously filtered using water and return clean water to the growth tanks, thus giving the name “recirculating aquaculture to the indoor fish farming operations. This recirculating aquaculture technology facility helps with design systems that will be productive in our variable climate, to identify and breed high-value species that are fast growing and stress-tolerant, to reduce the incidence of diseases and develop veterinary treatments for fish stock, as well as limiting water usage and waste.


Company Houses
Drive through the different sections of town and see the various types of houses that are typical of a company town. Many of these houses were built between the late 1890s and the 1920s. The houses range between the small wooden frame laborers type to the large two story management type. The larger percentage of the company employees lived in these company built and owned housing. Enjoy the stories relating to the to the transition period in which these houses went from company ownership to private ownership.


Allison Gap Jamboree | Roger Collins (276) 496-4514
Bring your instrument and or talent and join in the music making, or just sit back and experience the rich traditional Appalachian musical heritage traveling throughout the gathering. The entertainment happens every Friday evening at 7:00 PM at the Allison Gap Ruritan Club, and there is no admission fee.




Saltville Little League games | Carol Nutter (276) 496-5248, (276) 624-3341
Come and enjoying watching baseball & softball games at the Saltville Little League Field!