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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Local Mud Run Boasts Family Friendly Atmosphere

Local Mud Run Boasts Family Friendly Atmosphere

When people think of a mud run, they may not typically think of a family outing. The Muddy ACCE Race is a fun, exciting event for the entire family to enjoy! Families can run the race together, split up so the children can run in our Youth Mud Pit, cheer on their loved ones, and so much more!

The Muddy ACCE Race is a 5k obstacle mud run event to raise funds for the Access to Community College Education (ACCE) program. The ACCE Program is a Giles County and New River Community College partnership that makes college available, tuition-free, to graduates from Giles County by covering the cost of tuition for two years at New River Community College. ACCE supports as many students as possible based on student need and funds available for the program. The Muddy ACCE Race event is a premier fundraiser for the ACCE program.


Held along the banks of the New River Water Trail in Giles County, this mud filled race will delight, challenge, and test our runners to the limits. The race is open to individuals and teams, and is comprised of the Main Course with over 25 obstacles with differing levels of difficulty so you can choose your limits as you run, and a Youth Mud Pit to make it an adventure for either the truest and toughest or the whole family. This year’s event will be held on September 16, 2017, beginning at 10am. The first heats of the day, between 10-11am, are for the hardcore runner wanting to test themselves and for the competitions between first responders and firefighters. After noon, teams, families, and individuals can run/walk the course and be as competitive as they want.

You’ve always told your child to never make messes, well at the Muddy ACCE Race we specialize in dirt and mud. We want children to get in on the muddy fun with our Youth Mud Pit area, with specially designed obstacles for the youngsters to tackle. It is $10 for all day access for children 10 and under with an adult supervising their fun. Don’t worry though, when the fun is over, a hose off station is provided before everyone heads back home.


If getting muddy isn’t your child’s favorite thing, they can also watch and cheer on the young-at-heart as they run, climb, and get muddy by spectating the 5k course. Parts of the course are visible from the Vendor Village sidelines. For the parts of the course that aren’t visible, Facebook Live streams will be running in our spectator tents for our young spectators to watch their favorite runners for the entire race!


Vendors of varying types will also be in our Vendor Village, where food is available as well as interactive demonstrations.


We strive to make the Muddy ACCE Race a destination event people of all ages can enjoy!


Ready to get your mud on? You can register online or check out for more details. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram. See you at the starting line.




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.

17 Picnic Locations for 2017

17 Picnic Locations to enjoy in Giles County in ’17


Need something new to do with the family? As summer arrives, take a day to go out and enjoy a picnic together. A picnic would also be a great way to spend time with friends or to have a date. All your picnic necessities can be conveniently found locally at independently owned grocery stores, Grants or Corner Market, or one of our two farmers markets in Narrows and Pearisburg. From parks with playgrounds to hiking trails, there is always a spot for a picnic.


Following are 17 picnic locations for 2017:



1. Newport Community Park

Situated along Sinking Creek in Newport, Virginia with a pavilion, playground, paved walking trail, sounds of rippling water, and the Newport Jamboree occurs throughout the summer. This location would be perfect for relaxing with a book and a picnic or spending quality time with the family.

Photo from Newport Jamboree Facebook page.


2. Village Green

In ‘downtown’ of the Village of Newport, the Village Green is a community green space open to the public. Enjoy your picnic here inside the large, white washed gazebo. Many spring and summer weekends you will also find wedding ceremonies taking place in this peaceful setting. Recently, a little library was installed too!


3. Cascade Falls

Enjoy a picnic before or after hiking up to view the Cascade Falls in Pembroke, Virginia. Bring your dogs and have a snack at the conveniently located picnic tables while taking pleasure in the beautiful scenery around.


4. Treasure Island

Perfect for families, Treasure Island is a park located in Pembroke, Virginia. Space for many activities and a playground are available as well as picnic tables for anyone hoping to have a meal. A hidden gem that’s easy to access!


5. Glen Alton

A beautiful setting for a date tucked up in the Jefferson National Forest, Glen Alton is located in Pembroke, Virginia. Explore multiple trails and then end the day with a picnic. Also, remember to take pictures as this location has endless beauty. Glen Alton also hosts weddings and educational events throughout the year.

6. Whistle Stop Playground & Picnic

Out in the Jefferson National Forest, on the side of Big Stony Creek Road, Whistle Stop Playground & Picnic area is a perfect place for young families. At the picnic area there is a wooden replica train that the youngsters are sure to enjoy after their snack.

7. White Rocks Campground

While the mailing address is Ripplemead, White Rocks Campground is located almost on the Craig County line. At this picnic location, find yourself in the midst of big trees with access to the Virginia’s Trail for a family friendly hike into West Virginia and back.


8. Whitt-Riverbend Park

Located in Ripplemead, Virginia, Whitt-Riverbend Park is a low-impact, public area that consists of 28 acres along the New River Water Trail. This would be ideal for anyone who enjoys relaxing by the water. While a permit is required for camping, there are many other activities that are open to all: fishing, bird watching, walking, and picnicking.

9. Farley Wayside

Farley Wayside is located on Route 100 in Pearisburg, Virginia, heading towards Staffordsville. At this location is ample amount of space for families to enjoy a picnic as well as many activities and fishing along Walker Creek.


10. Pearisburg Town Park

The town of Pearisburg, Virginia provides the public with sheltered picnic tables as well as a large playground area at the Pearisburg Town Park. This would be the perfect location for spending time with friends or family or even having a celebration.


11. Walnut Flats Campground

Just past White Gate, almost on the Bland County line, you’ll find access to Walnut Flats Campground. With Dismal Falls just before the campground, turn your picnic outing into a full morning trip with the short hike along the Appalachian Trail.


12. Camp Success

Camp Success is located at the confluence of Wolf Creek and New River in the Town of Narrows. Enjoy tent camping and a picnic while also taking part in bank fishing or even the new 18-hole disc golf course along the banks of the New River Water Trail.


13. Duck Pond

Narrows, Virginia offers the perk of having ducks as entertainment at its Duck Pond. Enjoy watching or feeding the ducks while also fishing, picnicking, or walking. Many have even seen a bald eagle here living on the banks of Wolf Creek.

14. Narrows Town Park

Narrows Town Park, also referred to as “The Boom,” is located in along Route 61 in Narrows, Virginia. This location includes places for swimming, basketball, playing games, and picnicking. It is also a great place to start a road bicycling adventure up the popular Route 61.


15. Mill Creek Nature Park

Mill Creek Nature Park, located in Narrows, Virginia, provides many trails with a variety of levels of difficulty leading to scenic falls. Reward yourself to a picnic after hiking what could be the shortcut of 0.33 miles or the Long Shot of 3.4 miles.

Photo by Billy Bowling.

16. Woodland Park

Located in Rich Creek, Virginia, Woodland Park is often used for community gatherings at the large picnic shelter. Picnicking while also enjoying the mountain top and playground with friends or family would be ideal here!


17. Glen Lyn Town Park

Glen Lyn, Virginia offers a quiet town park with a paved walking trail that would be good for an easy stroll along the New River. Camping, fishing, walking, launching a boat, or finding a spot to picnic are all possibilities when visiting here. This is also home to the Muddy ACCE Race held annually on the third Saturday in September.