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Carroll County land and farms lure investors, developers and outdoorsmen with its low wages, skilled workforce and transportation corridor provided by I-77, US Highway 52 and US Highway 58. Virginia counties adjacent to it are Galax, Grayson, Wythe, Pulaski, Floyd and Patrick. To its south is Surry County, North Carolina. Land in Carroll County encompasses 478 square miles that are primarily located in the Appalachian region, but a small portion lies in the Piedmont. Its population of 30,000 is primarily dependent on farming and manufacturing. Farmland includes 119,000 acres, and 69% of agricultural sales is for livestock and poultry. Twenty-eight percent of the farmland remains as woodlands, making it attractive to hunters and for lumbering. Top private employers in the county include Parkdale Mills Inc., Aerial Machine and Tool Corp., Mohawk Industries, Vanguard Furniture Co. and Virginia Produce Co. Large swaths of protected land including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Jefferson National Forest and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area provide hunting and fishing opportunities. Hunters go after deer, grouse and turkeys. Stewart’s Creek Wildlife Management offers excellent grouse and turkey hunting due to an abundance of wild grapes that attract grouse. Stewart’s Creek also is a favorite haunt for fishermen wanting to snag native brook trout. Carroll County Public Schools provides K-12 public education.