Oracle Institute and Grayson County, Virginia

Discover Grayson County

Oracle Campus is located in a region of the Blue Ridge Mountains called the Virginia Highlands, which includes George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National Forest, 170 miles of the Appalachian Trail (550 miles total in Virginia), and Mount Rogers - the highest peak in Virginia at 5,700 feet above sea level.

Canoeing on the New River

There’s also a lot to do at Oracle Campus! We have 22 acres and over 1,000 feet of frontage along the New River, where you can hike, fish, canoe, kayak, tube, and watch for our local Bald Eagles. Fishing tackle and a public boat launch are just 2 miles away!

We also invite you to attend an Oracle Class or Retreat, tour the Peace Pentagon, catch salamanders in Saddle Creek, and meditate by walking our Turtle Island Labyrinth.

Happy Young fisherman

Local Dining & Shopping

Oracle Campus is located just 5 miles from the small town of Independence, Virginia – the heart of Grayson County. Our local restaurants are listed here. Our Campus is also near Sparta, NC (15 miles) and the city of Galax, VA (18 miles) – where additional shopping and dining is close and convenient. For broader dining and shopping adventures, we suggest Floyd, VA (55 miles), West Jefferson, NC (33 miles), and Boone, NC (55 miles). And for a fine dining experience, we recommend the four-star River House Country Inn (20 miles) – a culinary delight!

Old Time Mountain Music

Be sure not to miss the local mountain music!

Oracle Campus is located just two miles from The Crooked Road – the renowned music route of the Carter Family and many other Old Time & Bluegrass musicians.

The local music and arts & crafts festivals are held almost year-round in the Virginia Highlands, and they’re sure to please visitors of every age.

Blue Ridge Music Festival 
Blue Ridge Music Festival

And they don’t call this the Virginia Highlands for nothing...

The New River Valley looks a lot like Scotland, and it has its roots with the hearty Scots-Irish immigrants who settled here.

Wineries have settled in this region too, producing some of the finest wines in Virginia.

Recommended Tourist Attractions near the Oracle Campus

Mt. Vale VinyardsMt. Vale Vineyards
Crooked Road
VA is for Outdoor Lovers
Southwest Virginia

Additional local events and activities can be found at the Grayson County Tourism website