Nearby the Big House are several State Parks and Wilderness Areas, which offer a variety of opportunities for exploration, as well as some interesting landmarks of note.
Hungry Mother State Park is about a 30-minute drive. This park has a lake for boating, fishing and swimming, public swimming pools and nature trails.
Grayson Highlands State Park, about an hour's drive, offers beautiful views, a visitor's center with gift-shop, and some rugged trails for hiking to some of the most beautiful spots in Virginia. Mount Rogers is the highest point in Virginia, and is about an hour's drive from the Big House. This designated Wilderness Area has trails for hiking.
The Virginia Creeper Trail is a former railroad grade, now available for walking or biking. The trail runs from the town of White Top, Virginia all the way into Abingdon, Virginia. In nearby Abingdon, you can visit the Martha Washington Inn, or see a play at the Barter Theater.
The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. Southwestern Virginia has a rich and unique heritage of traditional music. "The Crooked Road" helps to celebrate this heritage by identifying local musical events and making these events known to a broader audience, hoping that increased tourism will also benefit the region economically. Highway signage identifies the 250-mile route as it winds through the scenic terrain of the region. Check out their website for a list of venues and musical events, maps, etc.