Eastern Montgomery Park

5003 Enterprise Drive, Lafayette, VA 24087

A view of the playground and open green space at Eastern Montgomery Park with a mountain backdrop on a sunny summer day.

Eastern Montgomery Park is tucked away on the South Fork of the Roanoke River. Enjoy pleasant mountain views during your visit. Amenities include a playground, picnic shelter, volleyball net, open green space, a trail along the river, and an airfield for the Montgomery County Model Airplane Club. A canoe and kayak launch is also available, which begins the Roanoke River Blueway that travels 45 miles and culminates at Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford County. Additionally, the annual Great Road Encampment is held at the park in August. 


Visitor parking is located on the left when entering from Enterprise Road. Parking spaces at the Elliston Fire Station are reserved for volunteer firefighters and others with business at the station.

The playground at Eastern Montgomery Park has a mulch base and is shown in front of trees and the walking trail starting point.

The playground features a “rock-climbing” section, slide, tic-tac-toe board, and climbing areas. A bench is also provided. This play area is located between open green space, the picnic shelter, and the walking trail.

The open green space bordered by trees under the backdrop of mountains on a sunny summer day.

The open green space is a perfect place for children to play tag, or to enjoy a game using the available volleyball net. Dogs love Eastern Montgomery Park as well!

The picnic shelter at Eastern Montgomery Park is bordered by trees and green space on a sunny summer day.

Get together for a picnic or party under our shelter! An ADA accessible path leads from the parking lot to the shelter and the playground. There is seating available for approximately 100 people across 13 tables, including two handicap accessible tables. Other amenities include one large and one small grill, electrical outlets, waste receptacles, and restroom access at the Elliston Fire Station.

The picnic shelter is available on a first come, first serve basis. You may also reserve the picnic shelter. The rental season runs from April 1 – October 31, and we begin taking reservations on January 1. Reservations must be made at four days in advance. Check current shelter availability and make your reservation online or by calling our office at (540) 382-6975, Option 1.

We offer half day rentals for $30 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. and whole day rentals for $50 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

An inviting trail winds through the trees along the South Fork of the Roanoke River on a summer day.

A unique feature of Eastern Montgomery Park is the half mile trail following along the South Fork of the Roanoke River. The trail is a figure-eight loop with gentle terrain. A picnic table is available for a relaxing stop by the river. Watch closely and you may see ducks and other wildlife.

The sun reflects off the South Fork of the Roanoke River onto the rocky river bank.

Eastern Montgomery Park offers a shoreline kayak and canoe launch at the beginning of the Roanoke River Blueway that travels 45 miles and culminates at Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford County. There are 15 additional access points downstream. American Whitewater provides  information about water levels and boating on the South Fork of the Roanoke River. 

The Montgomery County Model Airplane Club air space is located in the open green space bordered by trees with mountain views.

Montgomery County Parks and Recreation provides airfield space for the Montgomery County Model Airplane Club. The club serves Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Virginia Tech, and surrounding areas. All are welcome, whether you are a seasoned veteran modeler, an aspiring new hobbyist, or simply curious as to what it’s all about. The club is chartered under the Academy of Model Aeronautics


The Great Road was the main thoroughfare going west to the frontier, and was travelled by the likes of George Washington, Daniel Boone, Andrew Lewis, and the Ingles and Draper families. The annual Great Road Encampment is held at Eastern Montgomery Park during August to honor all who passed through the valleys of Southwest Virginia in the quest for a better life.

Demonstrators include 18th Century reenactors, the West Virginia Company of Roger’s Rangers, a detached military hospital and medicine of the time, flintlock muskets, camp cooking, knife and tomahawk throwing, leather work, blacksmithing, and 18th Century clothing, spinning, and weaving.

The 2023 Great Road Encampment is scheduled for August 5 - 6.

Montgomery County
Government Center
755 Roanoke St., Ste. 1E
Christiansburg, VA 24073

Phone: (540) 382-6975
Fax: (540) 382-4596
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Hours: Mon.-Fri.,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.