Pearisburg is a small town of 2,786 people (2010 census), located in southwestern Virginia, not far from the border with West Virginia. The town is situated in approximately the geographic center of Giles County on a plateau above the New River at the intersection of U.S. Route 460 and State Route 100.* Giles County boasts a variety of natural resources with the Jefferson National Forest, the New River, and karst topography leading to a system of caves and sinkholes. The area offers many outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, picnicking, biking, camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. Nearby popular hikes include Pearis Mountain featuring the Angel’s Rest and Wilburn Valley overlooks; a scenic 60 ft waterfall known as the Cascades; the view of the New River Valley from atop the 700 ft sheer cliffs of Barney’s Wall, and access to the 2,190 mile long Appalachian Trail.** Water recreation on the New River has been supported by Pearisburg with a newly built boat launch, parking, and restroom facility known as Hale’s Landing.
CDAC worked with Town staff and community members to develop an updated Town Park conceptual master plan that improves the current park, a tree replacement plan for the town Park, and a conceptual master plan for a ball park for adults. In combination, this will better serve families, seniors, and youth from the community, visitors such as those who attend regional ball games, and improve quality of life by building community pride and contributing to the tourism economy of Pearisburg.
Project team: Cen Zhong, Lauren Delbridge, Daphne Williams, and Andrea Thomas
*Town of Pearisburg Comprehensive Plan – 2014 Update
** alltrails.com; 08/12/2016