About the New River Valley

Radford University is located in the city of Radford (population 15,859), 36 miles southwest of Roanoke, Va., on Route 11 and I-81 in the geographic center of the New River Valley and in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.


The City of Radford is conveniently located along Interstate 81 with easy access to Interstate 77. Several major cities are within an easy drive of the city:

  • Roanoke, Va. - <1 hour
  • Winston-Salem, NC - <2 hours
  • Charlotte, NC - 2.5 hours
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC - 3 hours
  • Richmond, Va. - 3.5 hours
  • Washington, DC - 4.5 hours
  • Myrtle Beach, SC - 5 hours
  • Charleston, SC - 5.5 hours
  • Nashville, Tenn. - 6 hours
  • New York City, NY - 7.5 hours

Area Amenities

The City of Radford and the surrounding region provide a rich variety of cultural and leisure activities for residents. With two major universities located in the New River Valley, there are ample gallery showings, theatre performances, concerts and recitals. The region is also host to a variety of arts and cultural festivals throughout the year.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find the city's location along 8.5 miles of the New River provides opportunities to hike, kayak, fish, swim and camp. Dozens of bicycling and hiking trails are accessible with less than a 30-minute drive, including access points to the Appalachian Trail and Jefferson National Forest. 

Golfers have access to nine different public and private golf courses within a 30-minute drive of the city. In fact, the renowned Pete Dye River Course is located just across the river from the University.

History buffs can whet their appetite by visiting one of the area's many museums, taking a trip down the Virginia Civil War Trail or checking out the homestead of Mary Draper Ingles. 

Downtown Radford is home to a variety of locally owned shops and restaurants. Meanwhile, a retail hub providing a regional mall and major chain stores and restaurants is less than 10 miles from campus.


K-12 Education

The City of Radford public K-12 education system is among the best in Virginia, providing low student-teacher ratios and an instructional staff with more than 60% holding graduate degrees.



Southwestern Virginia's climate is mild, providing four distinct seasons. Summertime high temperatures are typically in the 80s with cooler evenings. Meanwhile, winter highs are in the mid-40s. The region sees an average of 23 inches of snow each year. Snow-lovers can travel less than an hour to find snowcapped mountain peaks throughout the winter.