What’s it going to be when you come to Martinsville? NASCAR? Fishing? A little bit of both?
A jet charter airport in Martinsville brings visitors to the heart of the action. Martinsville Speedway opened in 1947, and has been a part of NASCAR since its first season in 1948. It may be the shortest track on the NASCAR Cup Circuit, but with all those sharp turns, this track has earned its description of “two drag strips with a turnaround on each end.” Self-guided tours are available, as are tickets for Cup events.
Visitors who want a quieter time in Martinsville should make their way to the peaceful, canoe-friendly Smith River where short and full-day canoe trips are available. For a little more excitement, try whitewater rafting from the Philpott Dam.
Philpott Lake is a great place to fish, camp and hike. With hidden waterfalls and three islands in the lake, there is always somewhere new to explore. Set up camp on Deer Island, the largest of the islands in Philpott Lake, and watch for shooting stars in the clear evening sky.
Martinsville’s dining scene offers a diverse selection with some small-town charm. Whether you want to cool off with a shaved ice at Bahama Sno-Shack, sit on the stools at the counter of an old-fashioned diner at Fenderz, or dine in the comfort of your front seat at the Ridgeway Drive-In, Martinsville will keep diners happy, and coming back for more.