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Wythe County land and farms attract investors, businesses, homebuyers and sportsmen with its availability of skilled labor, exceptional transportation opportunities provided by the confluence of I-81 and I-77 in the county, growing travel industry and manufacturing. Located in the Appalachian region, land in Wythe County is adjacent to Bland, Smyth, Grayson, Carroll and Pulaski counties. The 465-square-mile county has a population of 28,754. The New River, Jefferson National Forest and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area provide exceptional opportunities for fishing, camping, hiking, biking and other outdoor pursuits. Much of the county is sparsely populated, making hunting easy for those interested in bagging deer, turkeys and bears. Top private employers include Somic America, Gatorade Co., Klockner Pentaplast America and Pepsi Bottling Group. Farming is still an important component to the county’s economic base. Farmland encompasses 151,563 acres, and livestock and poultry are 92% of agricultural sales. Other attractions include the Jackson Ferry Shot Tower, a 75-foot-tall tower completed in 1807 and used for manufacturing lead shot. Fort Chiswell Site is an archaeological site of a frontier fort built in 1758 and used as an outpost in the French and Indian War. Wythe County Public Schools provides K-12 public education. Wytheville Community College, Breckbill Bible College and Blueridge College of Evangelism offer higher learning.