Twice a year, NASCAR fans from all over the world flock to Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia to witness the “Half-mile of Mayhem” in action. While it is the most widely known, Martinsville Speedway isn’t the only venue for sporting events in Martinsville-Henry County.
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Martinsville-Henry County offers a variety of venues for sporting events and excellent customer service to make your event a success. The Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center has a dedicated team that can help you from planning to prepping to execution, offering hotel bid requests, welcome packets, marketing and PR assistance and even group tour itineraries.
What is there to do in Martinsville-Henry County?
We may not be able to guarantee that you will see a family of deer when you canoe down the Smith River or that you’ll find your great-great-grandfather amongst the rare genealogical records at the Bassett Historical Center. And we can’t promise that Hamlet Vineyards’ award-winning Cardinal Rosé will agree with your palate. But we can say this with exceeding confidence: You won’t be bored on your visit to Martinsville-Henry County.
From outdoor exploration opportunities on the area’s rivers and lakes to dining, shopping in Martinsville Uptown and enjoying arts in culture in the area’s eight museums, there’s something for everyone here. Adventurous types can take self-guided walking tours or rent a bike and hit some of the many trails that weave through the area. Leisure-seeking folks can enjoy a round of golf or get a massage at one of the area’s numerous spas. And those who seek sustenance can find plenty to eat and drink in Martinsville-Henry County’s smorgasbord of restaurants, including the as-seen-on-TV and as-good-as-it-looks Checkered Pig BBQ.
So whether it’s your athletes looking for a breather between games, your spectators looking for some music and drinks after a long day at the park or a whole family looking for a fun outing, Martinsville-Henry County has you covered as a destination where you’ll find fun in record time!
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- MHC is a cost effective and convenient destination.
- Hotel rates are lower here than in other larger cities and charge a lower lodging tax.
- MHC is located within a one day drive of 60% of the US population.
- MHC is less than an hour from major airports in Roanoke, VA and Greensboro, NC and within 40 minutes of AMTRAK service in Danville, VA.
- Skip the rush hour! Being a smaller community, teams do not have to worry with traffic congestion in MHC.
- MHC is home to Mountain Laurel Trails – named #1 Mountain Bike Trail in Virginia by SingleTracks.com
A Solid Lineup of Dream Facilities
Smith River Sports Complex
A facility so nice, so convenient, so prepared that you may have to see it to believe it. But take our word for it: It’s the place to host your next event. This multi-use facility in Axton is 90 acres, comprising (take a deep breath) two FieldTurf synthetic fields (120 x 75 yards) with 250-person-capacity bleachers for each; three Bermuda T-10 grass fields (120 x 75 yards), one practice field, a cross country course and a 5K course. All game fields have top-notch drainage systems and Musco Sports lighting. There is a pavilion with meeting space and restrooms, a full-service concessions building, a courtyard, two picnic pavilions, walking paths, a river access point, a playground, a self-serve driving range and even a seasonal 130′ long water slide!
This beautiful ballpark was built in 1988 as a home for the Martinsville Phillies minor league baseball team, but is currently home to the Martinsville Mustangs of the Coastal Plain League. Translation: It’s a really nice baseball stadium with a wonderful field. With a newly implemented artificial turf infield, a 400-foot center field fence and a clubhouse with locker rooms, it’s a great place for athletes to play. And with seating for 3,000 people, bathroom and concession amenities you would expect from a minor league ballpark, a covered party deck and ample parking, it’s a great place for spectators to sit and enjoy a game or tournament.
A fan-friendly perk of an older ball park is mature trees providing comfortable shade for spectators and athletes. Southside Park in Martinsville has four professional groomed diamonds in a 37-acre park. Three of the fields are lit and have dugouts. The venue offers seating for 1,000 and plenty of shady spots for those who subscribe to the BYO chairs method. And with a concession stand, two restroom facilities, a picnic shelter and a playground, Southside Park offers fun, comfort and amenities for spectators of all ages. There is even a broadcast facility on-site, so you can invite the world at large into the fun you’re having at Southside Park.
Tournament fishing requires just the right spot. Lucky for you, Philpott Lake is that spot. The lake, nestled into the Blue Ridge foothills near Bassett, is a 3,000-acre reservoir that contains walleye, smallmouth bass, carp and largemouth bass, among other species. The lake is no stranger to hosting events and tournaments, with past events holding up to 50 boats (and televised on NBC Sports). And with such tournament-friendly amenities as nine boat launches, a marina with fuel slips, a tournament dock and on-site camping, Philpott Lake is more than ready to host your next angling event.
How do I get to Martinsville-Henry County?
It’s as easy to get to Martinsville-Henry County as it is to get lost in fun there.
By Car: Chances are, you can drive to Martinsville-Henry County in one day. That’s because about 60 percent of Americans live within a day’s drive of the area. Major roads that will get you close to the area include I-81, I-77 and I-74.
By Air: Airports are twice as nice around Martinsvill-/Henry County. Both Roanoke, Virginia, and Greensboro, North Carolina, have airports that are less than an hour’s drive from the area. Major airlines like American, Delta and United fly in and out of both airports. From there, you’re just a quick drive away from your next sports event venue.