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On April 5, 1856, a child who later called himself Booker T. Washington, was born in slavery on this 207-acre tobacco farm. The realities of life as a slave in piedmont Virginia, the quest by African Americans for education and equality, and the post-war struggle over political participation all shaped the options and choices of Booker T. Washington.

Washington founded Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1881 and later became an important and controversial leader of his race at a time when increasing racism in the United States made it necessary for African Americans to adjust themselves to a new era of legalized oppression. Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience firsthand the life and landscape of people who lived in an era when slavery was part of the fabric of American life.



Email - BOWA_Rangers_3@nps.gov

Fax- 540-721-8311

Write to
12130 Booker T. Washington Highway
Hardy, VA 24101

- 540-721-2094


Operating Hours, Seasons
Open seven days a week, year-round, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.

Getting There
PLANE - Air service is available to both Roanoke, VA (25 miles from the park) and Lynchburg, VA (50 miles from the park).

CAR - The park is located in Franklin County, VA, 16 miles northeast of Rocky Mount, VA via VA 40E and VA 122N; 25 miles southeast of Roanoke, VA via US 220S, VA 40E, and VA 122N; and 50 miles southwest of Lynchburg, VA via US 460W and VA 122S.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Public transportation to the park is not available. A personal or rental vehicle is required.

Weather & Climate
The summer months are hot and humid with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. The coldest months are December, January and February. The spring and fall seasons have moderate temperatures. Wear comfortable sportswear appropriate to the season, with walking shoes. Trails are unpaved and may be muddy at times.

Visitor center facilities and the historic area are partially accessible to people in wheelchairs. Two picnic tables are accessible. One wheelchair is available for free loan on a first-come, first-served basis.

Getting Around
All trails are limited to pedestrian traffic.


Visitor Centers
Open All Year 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone - 540-721-2094
Location - On VA Route 122 in Franklin County, Virginia.
Closures - Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.
Special Programs - A link to the current Calendar of Events is available on the Home Page of this website.
Exhibits - 'The Great Educator' is a permanent exhibit that describes in words and pictures Washington's growth from slave to student and his evolution from founder and Principal of Tuskegee Institute to the most powerful African American at the turn of the 20th century.
Available Facilities - In the visitor center there are exhibits, a 12-minute orientation video program, a bookstore, restrooms, and water fountain. The Eastern National bookstore offers a wide range of titles and educational items on African American, regional, and Virginia history, as well as crafts and children's books.

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Campgrounds Nearby
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These outdoors activities are available near Booker T Washington National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Booker T Washington National Monument:
Blue Ridge Campgroud and Marina, Wirtz, 5 miles away
Rising Star Sports & Adventure, Roanoke, 13 miles away
Camp Virginia Jaycee, Blue Ridge, 13 miles away
Mitchell's Point Marina, Huddleston, 14 miles away
Blue Ridge Pkwy - Roanoke Mountain, Roanoke, 14 miles away
Wilson Creek Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge, 14 miles away
Smith Mountain Campground, Penhook, 14 miles away
 Marinas Near Booker T Washington National Monument:
Four Points Marine, Moneta , 5 miles away
Blue Ridge Campgroud and Marina, Wirtz , 5 miles away
Bayside Marina & Yacht Club, Moneta , 6 miles away
Clifton F Byrd & Sons, Moneta , 6 miles away
Crystal Shores Marina Resort, Moneta , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Booker T Washington National Monument:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ROCKY MOUNT/SMITH MTN LAKE, Rocky Mount , 12 miles away
Comfort Inn Smith Mt. Lake, Rocky Mount , 13 miles away
Rodeway Inn Civic Center, Roanoke , 15 miles away
Econo Lodge Civic Center, Roanoke , 15 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites - Roanoke-Downtown VA, Roanoke , 15 miles away
Cambria Hotel & Suites Roanoke, Roanoke , 15 miles away
Holiday Inn Express ROANOKE-CIVIC CENTER, Roanoke , 15 miles away
 Trails Near Booker T Washington National Monument:
Curry Creek Trail, Botetourt County , 15 miles away
Spec Mines Trail, Botetourt County , 15 miles away
Hammond Hollow Trail, Botetourt County , 16 miles away
Flat Top Mountain Trail, Botetourt County , 19 miles away
Casters Trail, Franklin County , 19 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Booker T Washington National Monument:
The Homestead, Virginia , 45 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 69 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 96 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 98 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Whitewater Near Booker T Washington National Monument:
Jennings Creek, Botetourt County , 21 miles away, Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 614 to James River)
Catawba Creek, Botetourt County , 22 miles away, Class I-III - 12 miles long (Fincastle to James River)
North Creek, Botetourt County , 23 miles away, Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Campground to Jennings Creek)
James River, Botetourt County , 26 miles away, Class I-II - 16.5 miles long (Route 43 to Route 630)
 Public Lands Near Booker T Washington National Monument:
Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Virginia , 11 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 31 miles away
Fairy Stone State Park, Virginia , 32 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Booker T Washington National Monument:
The Westlake Golf & Country Club, Hardy , 2 miles away
Sycamore Ridge Golf Club, Goodview , 3 miles away
The Waters Edge Country Club, Penhook , 12 miles away
Mariners Landing Golf & Country Club, Huddleston , 12 miles away
Ole Monterey Golf Club, Roanoke , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Booker T Washington National Monument
Beaverdam Reservoir, Bedford County , 9 miles away
Smith Mountain Lake, Bedford County , 16 miles away

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