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Farms and land in Floyd County are sought after properties by investors, developers, homeowners and outdoorsmen. Floyd County land is adjacent to Franklin, Patrick, Carroll, Pulaski, Montgomery and Roanoke counties. Located in the Appalachian region, the 382-square-mile county has a population of 15,795. Tourism and farming are the main economic engines for the mountain area. Farmland covers 110,297 acres, and 26% of the land remains in woodlands. Livestock and poultry account for 52% of agricultural sales. There are no four-lane highways in the county, but it lies between two interstates, and 31 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway form the majority of the border. The county sits atop a high plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains that divides the eastward flowing from the westward flowing waters. The Little River and its tributaries are favorite fishing spots for fly fishermen. Hunters take advantage of the unspoiled wilderness of the area and often bag deer, turkeys and doves. Floyd is a featured stop on The Crooked Road, Virginia’s heritage music trail. Coupled with its many other musical offerings, music makes it a popular tourist destination. Another popular attraction is Mabry’s Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The 100-year-old mill is a functioning gristmill that also provides blacksmithing and weaving demonstrations. Public education is provided by Floyd County Public Schools. Virginia Tech in Roanoke provides higher learning opportunities.