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Floyd, Virginia

“Having grown up in the Blue Ridge, I am fortunate enough to have been thoroughly familiarized with the hippie pilgrimage that has taken place since the early 70’s…..and they’re all still heading to Floyd county. I believe there must be upwards of 10 intentional communities up on the beautiful plateau where Floyd County is situated and the numbers are ever growing. The nice thing, too, is that the population is fairly consistent, that is to say that it’s not really too transient. People go there and they tend to stay. It’s amazingly beautiful, and I’m so glad that it’s just right outside my back door.”

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45 Responses to Floyd, Virginia

  • Virginia has always been such a beautiful place. Having grown up there I know how fantastic these people are. “Virginia is for lovers” and man…that’s the truth. I really dig that place and trust me you will find some pretty happenin people there. The place is completely natural…down south is probably my favorite part….you should check it out!

  • I live in Reston Virginia , which can be a dull place at times and in need of hippies. People tend to be very comformist here. I VAVE TRAVELED THROUGHOUT

  • I live in Herndon Va, and am 18. I start college in October and would like to live on a commune for awhile just for the experience and because I admire the system. I’m hoping someone will know of any communes in VA/MD/WV/NY. It would be greatly appreciated. Contact me at *gloomgeisha@ yahoo.com *

    Luvvins and Kisses


  • i lived in chesterfield, virginia up till about 3 weeks ago and all i can say is there is nothing like home. i went to clover hill high school also known as stoner hill with all the most groovey people you can image…its a wonderful place and im planing on moving back because being home sick is way too painful

  • Does anyone know where this happenin commune in Floyd is? I live nearby and I’d love to experience such a groovy place sometime. If you know, reply to this and I’ll hit you up with email.

  • I live in Floyd County Virginia and there are only four intentional communities that I know of. I’ve been here since the mid-seventies and many of the earlier groups have dispersed.
    No one’s a hippie anymore, especially not the new folks moving in.
    When the first wave of “back to the land” hippies came here in the 70’s, we worked together with the locals and leanred from them and we all worked together helping one another out.
    Now the “long-hairs” and tie-dyed ones coming in are only moving in clique-ish groups and focusimg on making money.
    A really super website for the Floyd community is https://floydcountyinview.com
    It is the closest thing representing the true hippie sensibilities around here.

  • I am originally from Winchester Virginia, but have spent many years in great places such as Boulder Colorado, Eugene Oregon, Couer D’Alane Idaho, Moscow Idaho, and several other places that are truly “Hippy” type areas. I am back in Winchester now, and have been in search of a cool area of Virginia to live. Winchester is not. In fact, most of Virginia is not my kind of place. It is very conservative. Don’t be fooled by pot heads that have long hair. These are not hippies. These are mostly “trailer park republicans”. The only true hippie places I have found in the mid Atlantic (so far) are Boone NC, and parts of Morgantown W.V. These places still have true “Tofu farting earth pigs” that are free thinkers, love nature, and still have the “Mother earth News” subscriptions. Though I have not seen any cool painted school busses parked in the woods with beads and incense all around the windows, they are still true hippies there. Virginia has so few hippies, that, any other hippie moving here, would be very depressed.

  • I live in floyd county. There are at least six “intentional commnities” here that I know of. Quite a few people are “himesteaders” living off the land. I love it here.

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  • Yey now!
    I live in remote southwest Virginia and Im an old deadhead from better years gone by. Like I said, im older and maybe just a little bit wizer than I used to be.

    Well I just heard that there is going to be a gathering near Floyd and my interest is peeked. I may drive over there tomarrow to get some kind of feel for the vibe and see if I should load my prankster hind end on the bus and spend the weekend.

    I am an old prankster and yes I drive a very tripped out bus.

    I would love to just come and hang out, tell stories and maybe dust of some rusty strings on the guitar.

    Somebody call me tonight and tell me about what’s going down…


    the “Captain”

  • I grew up in Floyd Virginia… and now I live in New York City. But Floyd is a great place – check out https://www.floydfest.com … also use https://www.zibblu.com for all of your hotel needs!

  • I just wondered how you go about joining a commune. Floyd is probably the closest to where I call home. I was also wondering about the possibility of starting my own commune.

  • I just wondered how you go about joining a commune. Floyd is probably the closest to where I call home. I was also wondering about the possibility of starting my own commune.

  • Floyd is definately one nice spot. I try to hit it up as often as I can, I only live about 45 mins. away and it’s always a nice drive up – no matter which route you take. Very scenic & beautiful, good country drive. Cool places to go up there to shop and what not and who can forget FloydFest? One of the coolest places you’ll find hidden in those blue hills..

  • Im 16 and l live in chesterfield VA , my aunt took me up to floyd with her one time, we only stayed for like, 2 days , but i love it there , floyds the greatest place in virginia cos everywhere else is either redneck or stuck ups , floyds the only place where peace really exist, you should totally check it out if youve never been

  • I live within 5 or 6 minutes of Floyd county, and my church is in Floyd county. True, Floyd its one of the most beautiful places in south-west Virginia. But what has made a greater impression on me is the number of truely caring, thoughtful people in the county. People who will go the extra mile to help someone. People who get involved with their community. People who care about the world around them, and arn’t always looking for more…and people who are willing to stand up for what they believe in.

  • im new to the roanoke/floyd area,id like to meet some chill hippie type people around to hang with and maybe go to some festivals or whatever.
    also would like some info on some communities that allow visitors.i heard their is a few in floyd.

  • After spending much time staying w/friends in Floyd (late ’80s).My husband,son and I moved there in ’93 staying till ’96. Beautiful place…people and land. Multi-generational “hippie” families make for a more well rounded enviro. But like anywhere there is still plenty of negatives…conflicts between locals and the more “out there” hippies, ever present gossiping and whining between super-sensitive types, not much work available. On the positive…great alternative school, very creative enviro., fabulous music and gathering scene, amazing hiking and exploring opps and the BEST water ever (springs everywhere and it originates in Floyd and flows down). Land prices are rising, don’t go without a nest egg and a plan … it wont work otherwise and Floyd doesn’t need any more helpless/needy folks…those positions are filled. If visiting check out the Barter Fairs ,late spring and late summer.Great place to meet folk.By the way…the intentional comms. are pretty selective (have to be to make it work). PS- Try to make nice and be respectful of the true locals, they deserve it and are for the most part wonderful peoplejust a little guarded…can’t really blame them.

  • i’m 18 years old and i was wondering are there any festivals around Virginia, you see I live in virginia but I live out in norfolk and its a real drag so I’ve been trying to find a cool place to move with a great country like state in virgina with old heads from the 60’s time

  • Go to rennaisance festivals carolina and all up east coast I live in vabeach,nothing to do here festival wise like that

  • just moved to vabeach bored!2006Dec

  • i live in va beach, and i know we have a few hippie stores down at the ocean front.. heritage and half moon, but i was wondering if there was any festivals close by…? or any other hippie stores around

  • I have lived in VA my whole life and been all around, but I’ve never been to Floyd. I gotta check it out now! I used to live in Richmond, there’s a great shop called Picasso Moon around there. Now I live in Beaverdam (hanover). It’s lame-ville, though.

  • Many blessings
    My family is interested in moving to floyd va. We live at the Ecovillage training center located on The Farm in Tn. We are interested in community living, permaculture, natural building, and natural birth. We would like to know the prices of land in the area? Is there land for lease? Are there communities that focus on these interests?

  • I would just like to maybe get some feedback on Floyd, because I plan to move there next spring. I am a Virginian who left a while ago and now I am coming back — to be near my family and where I feel I belong. I have done a little research and it seems that houses are really affordable to rent in the Floyd County area. I hope I find that to be true, because my dream is to find a small place to live and have a garden and a dog and maybe some chickens. It’s just a simple down-to-earth dream that I have been carrying around for a long, long time. I want to put down roots and be a part of a community. The sweet memories of my grandma’s farm in Ashburn have stayed with me and I hope finally to be coming HOME to Floyd. If you live there and can write a few words of encouragment I would appreciate it, especially if you are a single mature lady/mom who loves her life in Floyd. Thanks much

  • I have a log cabin near Floyd. I love the area and the music. I have not made any friends in the area yet, but I hope to soon. The music, the wineries, the crafters, Roanoke scene, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the trails, rafting, canoing and kayaking on Smith Mountain Lake is wonderful. All over that area of Virginia is wonderful. The weather is mild and winters do not last long. For green loving folk, this is the place to be. Some of the other small communities along with Floyd are great. Good arts scenes, music, drumming, peace people, some colleges, some
    alternative types everywhere. Try Rocky Mount. There’s a good head shop there, good music stores, and close to Smith Mountain Lake and just south of Roanoke. There’s affordable land still in some areas and a great growing season. Peace to all 😉

  • I have owned a 300 acre mountain in floyd on shooting creek rd. for 11 yrs. I am interested in having some cool hippy types join me there to live. I am interested in building a small campground maybe. My email is kodiakgrizzly411@hotmail.com PEACE

  • Mid 50’s my wife and myself live in Goochland, Virginia. we are looking for a commune to retire into. I am a screen printer and she is a nurse. A person by the name of Carol Motes moved to Floyd , I guess it was 10 years ago. I have lost track of her but she told me then that Floyd was a great place for old hippies like me. Can anyone fill me in on the area as well as commune information that I can check out.

  • I too live in Virginia and think Floyd is a beautiful spot but wonder how to connect with intentional community type people…there’s not much in downtown Floyd as I just went thru a coupla times so I know you need to find the connections to learn where to go…interests such as permaculture, Earthaven, sustainability, living thru the fall of empire, peak oil, peace not war etc. I’m not a youngster anymore but don’t buy into the rat race bs, politicians destroying the planet and our finances…would love to make some contacts in/around Floyd.

  • Can anyone fill me in on the area as well as commune information that I can check out.

  • Floyd is bullshit Supposed to be a hippy alternative artsy town but it’s just a haven for rejects who would get kicked out of any place cool for being lame- great place for posers trying to be hip among red neck morons -big fish in a Lame-o pond- anyone one can do that- it’s friendly at first cuz they want you to stay to up the cool factor but no one really hip ever stays cuz it’s a drag of potlucks with ugly smelly hippies wining about their ailments and boasting about their latest colon clense. You have to be an idiot to believe that there is anyplace cool smack in the middle of the bible belt.No real art here- It’s all crafts and tie dye shit- these people wouldn’t know art if they saw it and they never will with the local Neo Christians ruling.If you are ugly greasy have few teeth and want to fuck loose desperate women Floyd is the place for you It lacks any form of originality

  • I am looking for a traveling companion or maybe more for this upcoming warm season….First stop is Floyd….If your interested please contact me soon so I can set up arrangements


  • I am so sick of more hippies moving into Floyd. All you people are doing is talking about the beauty of Floyd then you move here build some stupid damn coffee shop or used crap store and ruin the damn place. I’ve only lived in Floyd 10 years and moved here for the beauty and relaxing environment but damn people their just can’t be much more before it ends up like the places we moved from.

  • I live at the bottom of the mountain just about 45 min outside of floyd. Im also going to Radford University in the fall which is not far away either. One of my biggest pros for choosing Radford was its proximity to Floyd. There is such a feeling of belonging that I feel there its like no other. It is my favorite place in the entire world.

  • I have lived in floyd for almost 3 months. I have no idea where any of these”communties” are. They are very exclusive. The town completely shuts down at 9 oclock. No night life here. Unless you already know people here I would not suggest moving here. You will be very lonely. Also the “hippie” to conservative ratio is about 7 to 1 in favor of the conservitives. The conservitives though are nicer here than most places. Asheville definitely is way more hip as far as having night life bands to see ect. Floydfest is a blast but that is only 4 days out of the year. I dont mean to rag on floyd it is a quaint little town and the people are nice.If you want a real hippie scene I would suggest Eugene Oregon.

  • If you like Floyd but find the land prices just a little bit too high, check out a little further south around Hillsville, VA. My wife and I are moving there soon (just bought 15 acres and a little farm house) and would love to bring half of Floyd with us. 😀 It’s about 45 minutes south.

  • Stay away from floyd. All of the damn locals are crazy rednecks. They are always harassing us hippies. Lynching and shooting. Its just like they did the African-Americans. Its fucking crazy! Stay away!

  • I have heard about a publication that was written by a professor in the 60’s that talked about the fact that all the water flows from Floyd County. Does anyone know that original publication?

  • I moved to Floyd late Sept 09, after years of longing to be here, I have not been disappointed! The water has oxygen bubbles! The food taste better, and I sleep better than I ever have in my life. My neighbors are friendly but not pushy. If I need em they are there, period. It is a diverse community,and it is peaceful. Lots of crystals here, I pick em up everywhere. I used to drive into Roanoke a lot, and thus missed many chances to meet others. It is a very spiritual area. No train or plane, heavy traffic etc. Serene. Floyd is conducive to healing and serenity,  and I was ready for the slower pace. The Native American energy is strong here, kids have pink cheeks and people are friendly and helpful. And yes that grows with seeing and chatting with em. To me Floyd is home and Nirvana. Everything I need is here, as my needs are fewer.

    Peace & Blessings

  • I am almost 28 years old and my husband is 30 and we have 3 children together, 5,7 & 11. I have lived in SWVA for the majority of my life.  I live in B’burg, have volunteered for over a year in C’burg and go to church in Floyd.  I have a cleaning business and I have been a professional telecommunications sales rep.  My husband has built houses for half of his life and the past 5 years worked for a commercial construction consulting firm. Both of us put everything into a business selling commercial phone systems and service. It has not gone well and I just hope I will get paid the commission that is owed. Either way, good thing it is summer because I know we cannot afford the home that we rent. I am ready to move onto something entirely different. I decided to Google Communes and found this blog.
    I work hard. I am not afraid to work hard. It is all I know how to do. I have worked since I was 15, two jobs in high school and two jobs for over a year now plus a mom n wife and I have nothing to show for it because the economy is as miserable as I am becoming. I went through some college, both my husband and I have different certifications. I just want to work and grow stuff and live off of the land at this point. I love fishing and my husband can hunt. I am part American Indian, anyway.
    Before we went all in on this phone company, our salaries were cut and for a long time we have not experienced any of the luxuries that money can buy and my children have not even noticed. When hiking at the Cascades, they agree that they want to live there too. I work, I am honest, I love, I never rest, I try hard with everything I do. I never give up because it is not an option.
    Say what you want about hippies, rednecks, flatlanders, anyone but I have come to learn that most people suck and probably in a commune they are mostly fruit loops too.
    I read my bible and most importantly, believe what it says.
    I have to believe too that somewhere in this crazy world is meant for me… some time.
    If you are old or lonely or whatever, I just need a little bit of decent land.. just a little. I can do the rest, I know it.
    I will take care of you, befriend you, comfort you, whatever.
    I am so tired. I just want a little bit of security in my life. I can do the rest, I know it. I am a sales rep, of course I have a great, usually positive personality. I am God fearing and I like old persons and babies.
    Did you know that you can can meat? I can cook, sew, teach, swim, run, lots of useful things.
    Any offers for work and/or a little bit of land in SWVA would be appreciated.

  • I’m looking for a hippie commune in swva to live. I come from a multi-generational hippie family. Please call or txt at 703-408-3992. Peace 🙂

  • I am so excited to find this site, lived in a commune in 1976 and writing my experience . Though I would see what communes were in the area still!

  • I’ve lived in Floyd for nearly 30 years now, and love it just as much as I did when I first moved here. I guess I’m still a recovering old hippie, and a reformed Yankee. If you like rural living, down to earth people, and an overall healthy and happy environment, Floyd is the place for you. For some reason, Floyd has always been a magnet for alternative lifestyle artisan types . The ‘locals’ and the influx of hipsters seem for the most part to get along, which says something for the tolerant and mature demographics of the place. Overall, the majority of the population is conservative, but everyone seems to agree to disagree and go about their own business. Clean water, beautiful countryside, and a vibrant town-life – what more does a person need?

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