Directions to Visit Blacksburg, VA
Blacksburg is a pretty area,
with the Mountain Lake resort hotel about half an hour away (540/951-1819).
The Jefferson National Forest is nearby, as is the New River, so there are
ample hiking, white water, and scenic touring opportunities if you wish to
turn a visit into a mini vacation.
Please see online location information about Virginia Tech.
Lodging can be obtained at the Four Points Hotel (Sheraton),
540/552-7001, at 900 Prices Fork Road) or
at Virginia Tech's
Brown Hotel and Conference Center (DBHCC --- call
540/231-8000 or 1-877-200-3360
for reservations). The Sheraton is across the road
from campus, and the DBHCC is on campus.
Many like a bed and breakfast close to campus: The Clay Corner Inn,
+1-540-953-2604, 401 Clay St. SW, Blacksburg.
Information about other lodging opportunities can be found
from the Chamber of Commerce
web site or at +1-540-382-4010.
See also the
Blacksburg Electronic Village Visitor's Center.
The nearest airport is Roanoke.
Travel time from
Roanoke airport is approximately 40 minutes.
Renting a car is the best plan unless you make other arrangements in
Driving to Blacksburg is generally by way of Interstate 81. This is the
case if you are coming from Roanoke airport or from further north (e.g.,
Richmond, Washington), or are coming up from
the south (e.g., Charlotte, Greensboro).
Take Exit 118B,
near Christiansburg, that is labelled with "Blacksburg" and "Virginia Tech".
Follow signs to Blacksburg, proceeding along Highway 460 West.
There are many interchanges and turns, so don't get distracted!
There are 4 exits into Blacksburg that are relevant.
- Southgate Drive, which is Rt. 314: This leads to the Computing
Center, the football stadium, and other sports-related locations. If
you want to park on campus during the day:
After you turn right
onto Southgate Drive, you will see a small building on the right which
is the Visitor Information Center. Park in front of it, go in, and ask
for a visitor parking permit. That will allow you to park in any legal
parking spot on campus that is open for faculty or staff. There is a map
there, so you can plot your route thereafter, or go back to 460 West and
take another exit, as discussed below.
- Downtown (for Four Points Sheraton, McBryde, Donaldson Brown,
This is right before the exit labeled "Prices Fork" which you don't
want. If you take the Downtown exit,
the Four Points will be on your left after a few
stop lights. Several stop lights later, you can
turn right onto Stanger Street
and proceed up a slight hill, with parking lots on either side of you,
to get to McBryde Hall, on the right, at the corner of Stanger
and Turner. You will probably find parking before it,
on the left. Assuming you
have a Visitor Parking Permit, you can park in any legal spot, suitable
for faculty, staff, or student parking.
Once you get to McBryde, you can walk lots of stairs, going to the top
of the stairwell at the corner of Stanger and Turner and then continuing
to walk straight to find my office near the end of the hall on the left,
McB 606. Or you can walk along toward my office, but turn right
beforehand and then left, placing you in nearly the middle of the
building, for the CS office, McB 660. If you prefer elevators, you can
enter at the corner of Stanger and Turner, go up a half-flight to the
2nd floor, continue walking straight almost till you reach an exit, turn
right and walk along to the middle of the building, turning right again
to find the elevators. The CS office is right near the elevators.
If you want Donaldson Brown or Clay Corner, continue on Prices Fork
till you reach a T intersection, and then turn right at the light onto
Main Street going south. Follow the directions for your lodging place -
they are both less than a mile away.
- Toms Creek: To get to my home,
turn right onto Toms Creek Road. Immediately after
turning right, turn left onto Givens Lane. This will loop around, so go
slowly, since the speed limit is 25 mph. After you see a laundromat on
the right you'll see the first road on the left, and then you should
take the next road, thus turning left onto Carroll Road. Go part way
down the hill and take the first right, onto Craig Drive. Follow this
around and up the hill to the top. We are in a white house with blue
shutters, on the right just before the cul de sac, 203 Craig,
540/552-8667. My cell phone is 540/230-6266 in case you have problems
- North Main Street: At this point, turn right and proceed south on
Main Street going back toward the main part of Blacksburg.
If you want to visit the Fox home follow N. Main to Givens Lane. Turn
right on Givens. Continue past stop sign where Whipple intersects from
left. Continue on Givens to Carroll on right. Take right onto Carroll
and then first right onto Craig. See above for more details.
If you want Donaldson Brown or Clay Corner, continue into the
middle of town, about 2 miles, and follow the directions from your
place of lodging.
If you want the Four Points or McBryde, go almost to the middle
of town, and turn right at the light onto Prices Fork; follow
directions above in reverse.