Martinsville-Henry County Textile Heritage Trail

Fieldale – Martinsville

GPS Coordinates: 36.701005,-79.933498

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A one-quarter mill interpretive walking trail highlighting more than 100 years of textile heritage and entrepreneurship

The Textile Heritage Trail is part of the extensive Smith River Trail System, a network of multi-use trails, river access points and parks designed for a variety of outdoor adventures. The trail is .20 mil long with .5 of boardwalk.

Experience our area’s rich textile heritage through six interpretive trail signs highlighting the founders and the major accomplishments made by textile companies in the area. Martinsville-Henry County was home to some of America’s most well-known textile manufacturing companies. The signs trace Martinsville-Henry County’s beginnings in the textile industry and carry us through modern day.

Site History:

Located within sight of the historic Fieldcrest Mills, the Textile Heritage Trail is part of Martinsville-Henry County’s Deep Roots initiative. The area is known as a destination with “Deep Roots,” where unique assets and rich legacies related to Furniture & Textiles, Motorsports, Outdoor Recreation and Cultural Arts offer exceptional visitor experiences. “Deep Roots” gives a respectful nod to Martinsville’s past, bringing relevance to the present by celebrating contributions, and providing a gift to the future with re-purposed activities and facilities.

National Register of Historic Places:

After visiting the trail, enjoy a night’s rest at the historic Virginia Home Inn. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1920’s restored mill-town dormitory now serves the community as a B&B and special events venue.


Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center

Phone: 276.632.8006


Other Contacts:
Martinsville-Henry County Tourism, Jennifer Doss, 276.403.5949

Henry County Parks & Recreation, Roger Adams, 276.634.4638

Directions to Site:
From I-85 Business in Greensboro, NC
1. Head northeast on I-40 E toward Exit 221 1.6 mi
2. Take exit 223 to merge onto US-220 N/US-29 N/US-70 E/S O Henry Blvd toward Reidsville Continue to follow US-220 N/US-29 N
3.2 mi
3. Turn right to merge onto US-220 N/Wendover Ave E 2.5 mi 4. Turn right onto US-220 N/Battleground Ct (signs for Roanoke/Battleground Avenue) Continue to follow US-220 N Entering Virginia 40.9 mi 5. Take the ramp to US-220 N/Roanoke/US-58 0.3 mi 6. Merge onto US-58 W 3.4 mi
7. Continue onto US-220 N 3.9 mi
8. Take the County Rd 609 exit toward Fieldale 0.3 mi
9. Turn right onto Dillons Fork Rd 0.9 mi
10. Continue onto Patrick Ave 0.6 mi
11. Turn right onto Field Ave 453 ft
12. Take the 2nd right onto S River Rd
Destination will be on the left

Textile heritage institutions related to this site:
Bassett Historical Center
Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum