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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 needed items from the Valero Convenience Center or Neighbors Exxon. The Glen Lyn Town Park offers a great location along the New River Water Trail to partake your meal. Neighbors also has light shopping to enjoy!


After lunch consider hiking a portion of the Mary Ingles Trail (MIT). The trail traverses seven miles one way on river right along the New River. This trail has no improved surface, no restrooms, and has moderate grade changes throughout. To return to Glen Lyn you must walk back along the same trail. There are great views of Shumate Falls and many wildlife viewing opportunities, including osprey and eagles, which are common in this area.


The trail approximates the route taken by a pioneer woman, Mary Draper Ingles, and her companion, an elderly Dutch woman, following their escape in 1755 from Shawnee captors at what is now Big Bone Lick, Kentucky.  With no maps and only her memory to guide her, Mary reasoned the only way to return home was to follow the rivers. After an incredible 40-day journey over an estimated 450+ miles of rough terrain the two nearly starved women found their way to her home near present day Eggleston, Virginia. In memory of their courageous journey, a group of Kanawha Valley hikers organized the Mary Ingles Trail Blazers in 1989.


You may also choose to spend the day with a trail pass from Kairos Resort located on Shumate Falls Road. Trail passes and UTV rentals are available. One could spend the afternoon birding or riding the trails.

Motorcross man at Kairos Wilderness Resort
Photo by: Sam Dean

Lodging is available at the RV and tent campground at Kairos. They also have luxury yurts and primitive wilderness campsites. You may also enjoy camping along the New River at the Glen Lyn Campground. Registration can be obtained at the Town Office. During the summer months on Saturday mornings you may also find flea market vendors set up near the bath house.

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Giles County, Virginia is located in Southwest Virginia approximately 40 minutes south of Roanoke and just west of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech. With easy access to the New River, world class dining and lodging properties, and historical attractions for the entire family, Giles offers adventure in Virginia’s Mountain Playground™. Come find your playground at our Visitors Center located at 203 N Main Street, Pearisburg, VA 24134 or find us online at or by calling 540-921-2079. For interviews or onsite visits, please contact Cora Gnegy, Tourism Marketing Director. We can arrange and assist with any media needs. For more information about planning your visit to Giles County or about activities and events, please visit or contact us at

May 12-14 Kairos Motorsport Weekend

Kairos to Host Motorsport Weekend May 12-14


Giles County, VA- The newest tourism destination property in Giles County, is hosting their first Motorsport Weekend, May 12-14. Kairos Wilderness Resort, home to the recent New River 500, is a 1,500 acre mountain top property in the western part of Giles County and eastern part of Mercer County, West Virginia. A more than 1,500 acre haven situated adjacent to the beautiful New River, just west of Glyn Lyn, in Giles County, Virginia; the vision of Kairos is to create an atmosphere where people of all ages can experience positive, memorable moments. Kairos provides a picturesque setting where there are numerous breathtaking views, as well as beautifully wooded serene areas. Kairos offers camping in wilderness settings or in the RV campground. There are 40+ miles of trails and roads for hiking, mountain bike riding, horseback riding, or guided motorcycle trips. These services are coming available June 1 when the property opens officially. For now, guests are encouraged to participate in any one of their special events.



The Kairos Motorsport Weekend happens May 12-14, 2017. Included in registration is exclusive access to the network of trails on the expansive property and camping onsite. Full hookups in the RV and camper campground area or primitive camping sites are available in addition to the bathhouse and Ed’s Place, a gathering indoor area near the campsites for socializing or to utilize for meals. Full hookups camping is $130 per rider and an additional $10 for passengers. Primitive camping sites for the weekend are $50 per rider and also $10 for a passengers. Passengers must be on the same vehicle. This additional item can be added on during registration.


Photo credit Sam Dean for Kairos Wilderness Resort


All participants for the Motorsport Weekend must pre-register and can do that via Facebook or Eventbrite until May 10th at 5pm. The event kicks off after 6pm on May 12th when guests are welcomed to the property to set camp. Riders and their passengers can then explore the miles of trails on both Saturday and Sunday. For this event no food service is provided but local options and grocery stores have everything you will need. Dual sport, dirt bikes, ATVs, and UTVs are welcome to experience the 40+ miles of trails on this expansive, premier property that will soon feature bookable event space, a wedding venue, cabins, and more.


Future events and bookings will be available for all of the Kairos services through their newly launched website, With an official opening day of June 1 for the renting of campsites and access to other guided services, this May Motorsport Weekend is the perfect opportunity to get in before the crowd and experience first-hand the heightened experience at Kairos. Stay up-to-date with event announcements by following the event on Facebook, by searching ‘Kairos Open Trail Day’ or visiting Tickets are now available online at




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