Martinsville-Henry County: Your Next Event Host Site in Virginia

Sports event planners find top-notch facilities and beautiful scenery in southern Virginia.

Sports event planners find top-notch facilities and beautiful scenery in southwestern Virginia.

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?

Philpott Marina

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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Beth Stinnett

Director of Tourism

Phone: 276.403.5949



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X Factors

  • 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

Planner Perspective


After the conclusion of a very successful event in Martinsville, it was an easy decision for the NCBA to contact the Martinsville EDC’s Tourism Division to put together a multi-year contract to bring this event to Martinsville again. Martinsville is a fantastic neutral location for all the teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

– Christian Smith, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, National Club Baseball Association


On behalf of FLW, I want to thank you ALL and all of the wonderful people that worked with you for putting together a fantastic support group. It truly was an honor to be in your area and I want you to know that your team was the essence of professionalism. I look forward to continuing our relationship and I sincerely hope to continue a relationship with regard to other FLW events in the future.

– Kevin Hunt, Director of College Fishing, FLW


I will say in terms of the amenities, the staff and the field quality that the Smith River Sports Complex is the best field site I’ve used for an event.” The field site’s location means that it is within driving distance for a number of teams coming from all over the East Coast and Midwest. Teams have indicated that they really appreciate the quality of the fields at the Complex, and I know that the athletes feel welcome in Martinsville every time they visit.

Michelle Ng, Ultimate Tournament Director and co-found of Without Limits


The Smith River Sports Complex is centrally located in USA Ultimate’s Atlantic Coast region, which stretches from Delaware to South Carolina. We are always considering SRSC for a number of regional level events. The facility is top notch, the complex has great amenities and the staff make it as easy as possible on us to run our event.

Dave Branick, USA Ultimate Atlantic Coast Men’s College Director


We absolutely love the venue. The fields are great, the amenities are great, they have concessions, and the restrooms are clean.

Kathy Goldsmith, ONS Lacrosse Foundation Co-Founder and Lacrosse Tournament Director

A Solid Lineup of Dream Facilities

Smith River Sports Complex

Smith River Sports Complex aerial viewSports: Soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, football, flag football, T-ball, Ultimate Frisbee, cross country

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!

Hooker Field

Hooker FieldSports: Baseball

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.

Southside Park

Southside Park022Sports: Softball, baseball

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.

Philpott Lake

Philpott MarinaSports: Fishing

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.

Martinsville-Henry County: Your Next Event Host Site in Virginia
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Martinsville-Henry County: Your Next Event Host Site in Virginia
Sports event planners find top-notch facilities and beautiful scenery in southwestern Virginia.
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