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Farms and land in Giles County are great investments for investors, developers and homebuyers looking for space in an area with abundant natural resources and skilled labor. Located in the Appalachian region, land in Giles County is adjacent to Summers, Monroe and Mercer counties in West Virginia and the Virginia counties of Craig, Montgomery, Pulaski and Bland. The 360-square-mile county has a population of 16,700. Manufacturing, farming and ecotourism are the primary components of its economic base. Farmland covers 65,387 acres, and livestock and poultry are 86% of agricultural sales. One-third of the farmland remains as woodlands, some of which could be lumbered. Top private employers include Celanese Acetate, Industrial Services LLC, Greenbrier Engineering and Chemical Lime Co. Mountain Lake, one of only two natural freshwater lakes in the state, drains into Little Stony Creek, which passes over a waterfall known as the Cascades before reaching New River. About 150,000 visitors a year visit the Cascades. Part of the Jefferson National Forest is located in the county, and about 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail pass through the county. The New River Water Trail runs through the area for 37 miles. Giles County Public Schools provides K-12 public education.