Approximately 50 miles of the historical Appalachian Trail passes through Giles County, which offers hikers easy access to this nationally acclaimed hiking trail that runs through the County seat of Pearisburg. The trail is positioned along the mountaintops and into the valleys granting visitors a birds eye view of the natural beauty throughout the county. Giles County continues to expand its birding trails and viewing areas.
The Mountain Lake Conservancy manages 2,600 acres of mountainous terrain that encompasses a very unique ecosystem due to an average elevation of over 4,000’. More than twenty miles of fern-lined trails on the property are open to the public for biking year-round. These trails are a perfect place for mid-summer riding as the temperatures are typically 10-15 degrees cooler than off mountain trails. From early spring to late fall you can find diehard bikers participating in the annual biking events throughout the county. Mountains of Misery in May and the Dirty Dawg in July bring bikers from up and down the east coast who live for a challenge.
Mill Creek Nature Park is a 146 acre park owned by the Town of Narrows with 2 miles of sweet, side hill single track. The riding is moderate to easy gradient with a small terrain park on the Upper Loop. There are logs and rocks on the trail for the more adventurous rider. If you are looking for a longer ride, there is an additional 16 miles of trails on the adjoining National Forest property. The first 2 miles of this section are steep and rocky, but after reaching the top the riding is moderate with beautiful scenery and overlooks. These trails are well worth the effort for more experienced mountain bikers.
(pronounced geo-caching) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache. Giles County is home to many cache sites and young and old alike enjoy this style of treasure hunting. Bring your GPS along with you when you visit and see where the cache sites lead you. It may be a historical site, an awesome view, or simply someplace interesting someone thinks you should know about.