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Glen Lyn Day Trip

SUGGESTED ITINERARY | GLEN LYN DAY TRIP Morning- A visit to Glen Lyn can begin at the Glen Lyn Town Office, located at 205 Houston Lane.   A beautiful long walking and biking trail system starts at the Town Hall and follows Hwy. 460 going under the bridge and then through the Glen Lyn Park and along the New River. The trail is 1.73 miles long and has a mixed surface of asphalt and gravel and very minor grade changes. Restroom facilities are available along the trail. Enjoy lunch in Glen Lyn by picking up...

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Narrows Day Trip

Suggested Itinerary | Narrows Day Trip Find this & and other day trip ideas to CRUSH FRIDAY here! Morning- A visit to Narrows can begin at the Narrows Town Office and Visitors Center, located at 210 Main Street. Just around the corner on Monroe Street are Centennial Park and The Mural of Narrows.  Next door to The Mural is the Narrows Farmer’s Market (open Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 8am-noon; April thru October) where visitors can shop for local produce and handmade items. The Veterans Memorial Park is just a few steps away. This is the end of the Veterans Mile, which...

The New River 500 Event Returns at Kairos Resort in Giles County, Virginia

Apr 21 & 22 | The New River 500 Event Returns to Kairos Resort UPDATE | You can now register online here: http://kairosresort.com/events/   Giles County, VA - The New River 500, is back; brought to you by Kairos, Tangent Outfitters, GearHead Moto Tours, Go Race, Inc., and Loud N Clear Car Stereo and Customs. The New River 500 will be held April 21 and 22 in Giles County, Virginia and encompasses over 500 kilometers of dual-sport riding. Depending on route and lunch destinations (if desired), riders can experience between 150-160 miles per day during your weekend. This event is an...

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Charlotte Filmmakers to Produce Civil War Short in Giles County

  Charlotte Filmmakers to Produce Civil War Short in Giles County   Giles County (February 20, 2018)- Charlotte, NC filmmakers, Chip White and Shea Sizemore, are bringing an army of cast and crew members into the area to tell the love story “Black Dispatch” set within the heart of the Civil War.   Black Dispatch was a “common term used by the Northern Army referring to the intelligence of Confederate movements provided by slaves, trusting that they would earn their freedom,” says Shae Sizemore. This story follows a house slave’s journey as she risks everything...

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Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation & Friends Of Southwest Virginia Release 2017 Annual Report

Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation & Friends Of Southwest Virginia Release 2017 Annual Report   ABINGDON, VA – The Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Friends of Southwest Virginia have released their 2017 Annual Report which outlines the regional economic impact of the tourism economy and spotlights economic, community and tourism development initiatives, regional marketing and branding and updates to Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway.   The report shows an increase of more than 56% in tourism spending throughout Southwest Virginia since 2004.   Southwest Virginia includes 19 counties, four independent cities and 54 towns located...

New River Watershed Roundtable Assists in New River Water Trail Expansion

New River Watershed Roundtable Assists in New River Water Trail Expansion Originally posted to NRVRC blog HERE.   NRV- The New River Watershed Roundtable continues to assist in the expansion of the New River Water Trail. Building off of the success and branding of the New River Water Trail initiative in Giles County, the Watershed Roundtable identified possible day trip locations throughout the New River Valley. Community representatives reviewed these sites and provided input at the November 2017 Watershed Roundtable meeting. Next steps include finalizing site locations and then for each community to pursue...

Show Your Love for Giles County | #LoveGilesCoVA

Show Your Love for Giles County   Giles County, VA- Those who live in or visit Giles County usually have one or multiple places or people that they have a connection with and love! For some it may be a scenic overlook, others it may be the mountain biking trail through the mountains, even some may have a relaxing cabin that is perfect for them. Many couples have come to Giles to get married and displayed their love for friends and family on their special day!     It’s time to share that love of...

Downtown Narrows | Grant Award & Recommendation

Downtown Narrows | Grant Award & Recommendation   The Town of Narrows is excited to receive a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – Competitive Grant Award for Business District Revitalization in the amount of $699,346. This grant is the result of many months of planning and community input. A volunteer team of local citizens worked with the NRV Regional Commission to develop this application using a previously awarded CDBG Planning Grant. The planning focused on highlighting and enhancing the outdoor recreation opportunities in and around the Town. The proposed projects will create...

“Keep Virginia Beautiful” Grant Awarded to Giles County

Giles County Awarded “Keep Virginia Beautiful” Grant   Giles Administration was pleased to learn a few months ago that they would be recipients of a Keep Virginia Beautiful – 30 Grants in Thirty Days program grant.  Giles had applied for funding in the recycling category.   The project award enabled construction of monofilament and fluorocarbon fishing line recycling tubes for all boat ramps on the Giles’ section of the New River, which did not yet have them. The funding has additionally enabled tubes to be constructed for future boat ramps that are now in...

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Adventure Tourism Entrepreneur Workshop Coming To The New River Valley

Adventure Tourism Entrepreneur Workshop Coming To The New River Valley   Giles County, VA – The Friends of Southwest Virginia, in partnership with Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Community Capital, Spearhead Trails, and Small Business Development Centers, are hosting adventure tourism workshops to highlight regional initiatives, opportunities, best practices, and expert advice for starting an adventure tourism business in Southwest Virginia.     Southwest Virginia includes 19 counties and four independent cities located near the southern and western border of Virginia. The Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission, established in 2008 by the Virginia General Assembly, takes...