canoes on New River as seen from above

Family Time is time well spent in Virginia’s Mountain Playground

Family Time is time well spent in Virginia’s Mountain Playground

All items and locations are perfect to add to your trip with your family, large or small, to Giles


Close knit group or large family gathering- read on for trip inspiration and plan to come to Giles. There’s always so much to consider when planning a family get-away. With Giles’ easy to access location, family-friendly activities, and welcoming people let us help you take some of the work out of planning your next get-away.


Large groups, up to 16 can enjoy the riverfront cabin at New River’s Edge. While staying at “The Edge” guests have access to the firepit, their own river access, and all the yard and river toys you can imagine. New River’s Edge can also set up the entire group to enjoy a short section float on the New River in tubes or kayaks. For a flat rate all day (10am-4pm) guests can enjoy the Pembroke to NRE section of river as many times as they’d like, stopping only to play as needed.


girl on tube in New River

Small family groups will enjoy Mr. Hunter’s Cottage that feature two units in a single story cottage, also near to the New River. With accommodations for eight people, this historic vacation home in the heart of the Village of Eggleston is in the heart of it all (easy access to everything), but off the beaten path so your family can enjoy their time together.

interior bedroom of lodging

Adjacent to Mr. Hunter’s Cottage groups of all sizes are welcome at The Palisades Restaurant. Their seasonal menu features unique, contemporary Appalachian cuisine and fan favorites. If you’re looking to try farm raised trout or sticking to the peperoni stone-fired pizza there is something on the menu for the family to enjoy. Their dessert menu is top-notch and homemade ice cream is worth the trip. The Palisades also regularly features live local music on the weekends and offers food to-go if you’d rather enjoy the company of family in your lodging accommodations.

girl server with pizza in restaurant


While there are many things to do in Giles that offer up fun to your family unit- in the warm months, you can’t miss getting out on the New River. Tangent Outfitters, also located in Pembroke, can help you pick the best float for your family in kayaks or canoes and based on the amount of time you want to spend on the water. Along the New River Water Trail families can enjoy easy access at our 14 public boat landings, making it easy to spend an hour or the day on the water. From scenic rock cliffs to fun water rapids, the New River in Giles, with the appropriate level of caution, is an easy and safe family fun experience. Cooler months, when on-water isn’t ideal take the family for a hike in Virginia’s Mountain Playground. Short and easy nature walks, or more moderate hikes to spectacular waterfalls- you’ll find your families next adventure is here in Giles County, Virginia.

canoes on New River as seen from above

The most important part and take-away from playing in Giles with family and friends, is the time spent together was well worth the memories made. We’ll see you soon, in Virginia’s Mountain Playground.

At a glance:

  • Stay at New River’s Edge or Mr. Hunter’s Cottage
  • Play with New River Edge or Tangent Outfitters
  • Dine at Cascade Café or The Palisades Restaurant

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