Grundy landscape

What is life like in Grundy, Virginia?


Life in Grundy

The campus is located in Grundy, a town of about 1,500 people. Grundy is tucked in the mountains along the banks of the Levisa Fork River, providing a peaceful place for you to focus on your studies.

County Seat

Grundy is the county seat of Buchanan County.

Focus on Education

The establishment of ASL and the unrelated Appalachian College of Pharmacy has helped revitalize Grundy, creating a regional education center.


Visitors to Grundy often fly into the Tri-Cities Regional Airport, near Blountville, Tenn. Travelling by car? Click here for the best driving directions.


ASL does not offer on-campus housing, so most students live in the town of Grundy and the surrounding area. A list of housing options is available through our Office of Admissions. Contact us for more information.

Things to Do

ASL students can easily enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Nearby Breaks Interstate Park is a popular spot for recreation. Click here for just a few attractions near Grundy.
Several cities are also within driving distance for weekend trips, including:

  • Charleston, W.V.
  • Huntington, W.V.
  • Roanoke, Va.
  • Bristol, Va./Tenn.
  • Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Greensboro, N.C.
  • Raleigh/Durham, N.C.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Pikeville, K.Y.

For more information on the region, visit the Virginia, Heart of Appalachia and Blue Ridge Highlands tourism pages.