On or Near the New River Water Trail

Things to do… Giles A > Z

 

Giles County offers a multitude of things to do and places to see. We have something to suit the needs of everyone. Giles County does have an extensive option of outdoor activities: floating on the New River Water Trail, hiking to one of our beautiful waterfalls, or camping by the New River. But, we also have a versatile array of other non-outdoor activities. Whether you want to enjoy an outdoor activity or one of our non-outdoor activities, Giles County will surely have something for you. However, all of the available options can send you down a spiral of online searches that leave you more confused than when you started. To make things a little easier, here is a sampling list of things to do and places to see from A to Z.

 

Andrew Johnston House

This one is for you, history lovers! The Andrew Johnston House in Pearisburg, Virginia is the oldest surviving brick house in Giles County. Today, it is a museum, and it is home to the Giles County Historical Society. Tours are offered when the house is open, and the staff can help with genealogical services in their Research Center. There is also a gift shop to find something to remember your visit.

 

Barney’s Wall

In your search and experience with Giles County, it is likely you have stumbled across or heard of the well-known Cascade Falls hike in Pembroke, Virginia. Barney’s Wall, set directly above the Cascades, offers a scenic mountain view for hikers who are willing to go the extra distance to get there.

 

Corner Market

On your A-Z journey of Giles County, make sure to stop at the Corner Market in Rich Creek, Virginia. You can fill up your gas tank, purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, or grab a quick snack.

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Castle Rock Golf Course

Surround by views or the mountains, Castle Rock Golf & Recreation is open to the public with an 18-hole course recently recognized as a top public course in Southwest Virginia. Visit them today, book an event at the 19th Hole, or consider a membership to enjoy the pool and other amenities.

 

Disc Golf

Enjoy an evening of disc golf in the Town of Narrows, Virginia at Camp Success Campground. This disc golf course is comprised of 18 holes located throughout the campground. You are sure to have a good time!

 

Eggleston Springs Campground
Eggleston Springs Campground, located in Eggleston, Virginia, is a great place to camp or access the New River Water Trail for the day for a small fee. It is a family oriented campground that offers some of the best fishing. Bring your tackle and see for yourself!

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Eggleston Public Boat Landing

Put your tube, boat, kayak, or canoe on the New River Water Trail access in Eggleston, Virginia. This section of the New River is recognized as one of the most scenic floats in all of Virginia, with the historic Palisades Cliffs downstream on the right of the access ramp.

 

Farmers Markets

In both Narrows and Pearisburg you can find local farmers markets, boasting fresh produce, crafts, events, and activities. In Pearisburg, the Community Market happens every third Thursday beginning in May, at the Pearisburg Community Center. In Narrows, vendors can be set up at the Farmer’s Market from 8 AM to 1 PM on Thursdays and Saturdays April 1st through October 31st. They also host special events on the second Friday’s of the month.

 

Glen Lyn Town Park

In Glen Lyn, Virginia you can find the Glen Lyn Town Park. The park is along the New River Water Trail, and there is a public boat landing next to the RV access inside the park. There is also playground equipment for the youngsters to enjoy. The Glen Lyn Town Park is also home to Giles County’s destination event, the Muddy ACCE Race.

 

Hunting

Giles County contains 92.4 square miles of Jefferson National Forest, so Giles County is often busy in the fall once hunting seasons begin. There is an abundance of whitetail deer, wild turkey, rabbit, and raccoon for hunters and sportsman. Find out more about hunting licenses for the Commonwealth and where to hunt in the Jefferson National Forest.

 

Inn at Riverbend

For those of you looking for a place to relax and unwind on your trip from A to Z, take a stop at the Inn at Riverbend in Pearisburg. The Inn is a bed and breakfast with seven appropriately named rooms for places in Giles County for guest to recharge during their visit. You’ll be sure to enjoy your stay!

Jam Sessions

Music lovers, we even have something for you! On Tuesdays, you can find an old time music jam inside Campo Verde in Pearisburg. Campo Verde is a Mexican-style restaurant. If you’re looking for even more music to enjoy, you can find another old time jam session on Thursdays at the MacArthur Inn. The MacArthur Inn is a historic hotel located in Narrows. These jam sessions are enjoyable and entertaining.

 

Kelly Knob Overlook

To get to Kelly Knob Overlook, you hike two miles along the Appalachian Trail near Newport, Virginia. Once you get to the overlook, there are beautiful views to enjoy. The elevation is from 3,300 to 3,800 feet, and the hike is considered to be of moderate difficulty.

 

Lovework

Virginia is for Lovers! You can find two LOVEwork displays for a fun photo opportunity in two of our beautiful communities! One is in Newport at the Newport Recreation and Community Center. The other one is at the Mill Pond, also known as the Duck Pond, in Narrows. Stop by and enjoy the creativity that went into these displays, and snap a quick picture while you’re at it to share on social media. (Be sure to use #GilesCoVA & #LoveVA)

 

Motorcycle Tours

Great views intertwined with a fun ride! GearHead Moto Tours located in Pearisburg can give you just that. They can help you with a rental, or you can bring your own bike. They take care of everything, like lodging, dining, and getting you to the beautiful views, so all you have to do is enjoy the ride.

New River Water Trail

Giles County is home to 37 beautiful miles of the New River Water Trail. There are many public and private access points to get on the river. River guests can enjoy tubing, canoeing, rafting, swimming, standup paddle boarding, fishing, and kayaking. There are outfitters and guides who can help you rent gear and guide your trip along the stunning New River.

 

Oktoberfest at Mountain Lake Lodge

Oktoberfest at Mountain Lake Lodge is a yearly event that promises authentic food, beverages, and entertainment for those who come out to enjoy the weekend. Although no details have been released as of yet for Oktoberfest 2017, we are waiting anxiously to hear about the details for this year’s good time event!

 

Palisades Restaurant

The Palisades Restaurant, located in the former Pyne’s General Store, in Eggleston offers contemporary, sophisticated cuisine with southern hospitality. Most of their pork, beef, trout, and produce are locally grown in the New River Valley. The Palisades offers dinner daily and Sunday brunch. Plus catch live music every weekend!

 

Queen’s Pizza and Subs

Another yummy place to eat on our tour from A to Z is Queen’s Pizza and Subs. With locations in Pearisburg and Rich Creek, it is convenient to grab a pizza, burger, or sub to enjoy on your trip through Giles County. You can dine in, carry out, or have your food delivered to where you are staying.

 

Right Turn, Clyde Brewery

Right Turn, Clyde Brewery is a local brewery located in Narrows in a former bank building. The owners make every attempt to bring the best quality and most interesting beer to their patrons. They also work with local farmers and bee keepers to support the local economy when crafting their delicious beer. Stop by for a taste!

 

Sinking Creek Bridge

The Sinking Creek Bridge is located in Newport. The bridge has been standing since 1916, making the bridge over 100 years old! The bridge is 70 feet, and a bright, beautiful red color. Because of its beauty, it has been the subject of many photographs and paintings throughout the years. It is open to the public for you to enjoy on your trip from A to Z.

Treasure Island

Located within the Pembroke Park in the Town of Pembroke, Treasure Island playground is sure to make the youngsters on your trip happy. This playground will be loads of fun for them as they run, climb, and play. Pembroke Park also has a walking trail and a picnic shelter to enjoy on your visit.

 

Underground Caving

The Giles County Historical Society has held an informational session about Giant Caverns in the summer of 2016. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation also will hold occasional caving opportunities for experienced cavers to enter caves. Giles has over 250 registered caves. Please be respectful and extremely cautious when considering entering a cave. All caves require permission to enter from landowners.

 

Virginias Walk Trail

The Virginias Walk Trail in White Rocks Campground meanders 1.3 miles around the campground. Its name comes from the fact that the trail travels from Virginia into West Virginia and back again. The trail begins at campsite #9 and ends at campsite #26. It is a pleasant stroll to enjoy!

 

Walker Creek Retreat

Walker Creek Retreat is situated along nearly a mile of unspoiled creek frontage of Walker Creek in Pembroke. There are five waterfront vacation rentals with rustic-chic cabin décor. This is the perfect retreat for those looking for a peaceful place to stay on their journey from A to Z in Giles County.

X Country Skiing

Yes, we even have something that begins with the letter X! Cross country skiing, or X country skiing, is something to enjoy during the wintertime in Giles County. The Mountain Lake Conservancy has areas for skiers to enjoy. The Jefferson National Forest can also be a place you may see skiers enjoying the terrain.

 

Yoga

Need some time to relax? The Giles County Wellness Center offers group yoga classes, as well as many others group exercise classes. The Wellness Center also has cardiovascular equipment, free weights, weight machines, and full locker room facilities for gym guests to use.

 

Zorb Racing at Mountain Lake Lodge

Our last stop from A to Z in Giles County is Zorb racing at Mountain Lake Lodge. You climb into giant bubble balls to roll around the adventure center, in a similar fashion to a hamster in a hamster ball. You can also race an opponent thought the Zorb Racing Course. Hop in for a spin!

 

 

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.

 

Apr 22- VIRGINIA’S OUTDOOR LOVERS EXPO featuring the NRWT

VIRGINIA’S OUTDOOR LOVERS EXPO

The 2017 Virginia’s Outdoor Lovers Expo to be held April 22nd at Bisset Park in Radford, Virginia.

From our friends at the New River Valley Regional Commission.

Radford, VA – The Virginia’s Outdoor Lovers Expo is coming to the New River Valley, April 22nd. This free, family-friendly event will be held at Bisset Park in Radford from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The event will host a 300-foot zip line, paddleboard demonstration pool, outdoor gear raffle and gear swap, local food, brews and live music all staged alongside the New River. Appalachian inspired entertainment such as County Connections and RYZ are scheduled to perform on the main stage.

The Kid Zone with a rock wall and bounce house, and demonstrations such as; chainsaw carving, outdoor survival tips, and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics awareness will round out the event. This year’s expo will have upwards of 100 outdoor related businesses, organizations and attractions including the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Mountain 2 Island Paddleboard, Cabela’s, Virginia State Parks, and many more. Come celebrate Earth Day with all of Southwest Virginia as you browse interactive booths and demonstration areas.

The Virginia Outdoor Lovers Expo began in Abingdon in 2014 and for the first time ever, will be held in the New River Valley. The event’s focus is to raise awareness of the diverse outdoor recreation opportunities that are abundant across Southwest Virginia while providing a platform for businesses, clubs, organizations, and communities to form and strengthen ties throughout the region. This event promises to be the perfect opportunity to connect, explore and plan your next outdoor adventure. Brought to you by generous sponsors including the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Carilion Clinic, and Mountain Lake Lodge.

Outdoor related vendor applications will be accepted until April 1st. Registration can be accessed on the website. The Expo planning committee will also continue to accept sponsors. For information on sponsorship and applying for a vendor booth contact James Jones at jjones@nrvrc.org or call 540-639-9313. More details on the event and how to participate, along with updated information can be found at www.swvaoutdoorexpo.com.

For more information or to set up an interview, contact James Jones, 540-639-9313 or jjones@nrvrc.org

 

 Vendors Participating in the Virginia’s Outdoor Lovers Expo

  1. Grillizza
  2. Till and Grill
  3. Bootleg BBQ
  4. Foothill Guide Service
  5. New River Valley Bicycle Association
  6. Blue Ridge Discovery Center
  7. Giles Mountain Vineyard and Winery
  8. Back Country Ski and Sport, Inc
  9. Floyd Yoga Jam
  10. Arbor Real Products, LLC
  11. RU Outdoors
  12. Recreation, Parks and Tourism Department Radford University
  13. Virginia Tech – College of Natural Resources and Environment
  14. Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority
  15. Paul Tomorrow/St. Paul Main Street
  16. Dickenson County Chamber/Visitor Center
  17. Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  18. Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority
  19. City of Norton
  20. Tazewell County
  21. Blue Ridge Heritage, Inc.
  22. Montgomery Regional Tourism
  23. Clinch River Valley Initiative
  24. Scott County Tourism
  25. Town of Narrows
  26. New River Retreat and the Junction
  27. Mountain 2 Island Paddleboard Company
  28. Appalachian Horseback Adventures
  29. Crimper’s Climbing Gym
  30. Mountain Lake Lodge
  31. New River Conservancy
  32. Town of Pennington Gap
  33. Virginia State Parks
  34. Wolf Creek Indian Village & Museum/ County of Bland
  35. Springhouse Community School
  36. Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  37. Good Samaritan Hospice
  38. Camp Alta Mons
  39. Massanutten Resort
  40. Virginia Department of Forestry
  41. Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers
  42. Breaks Interstate Park
  43. Wytheville Convention and Visitors Bureau
  44. Floyd County Tourism Office
  45. Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure
  46. JBR Vineyards, LLC
  47. New River’s Edge Inc
  48. City of Galax Tourism
  49. Chantilly Farm
  50. Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA)
  51. Across-the-Way Productions
  52. FloydFest
  53. Ferrum Outdoors
  54. Ferrum College
  55. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  56. Damascus Old Mill Inn and Restaurant
  57. New River Outdoor Co
  58. Town of Pearisburg
  59. Smyth County Tourism
  60. On The Water
  61. Apple Ridge Farm
  62. Franklin County, Virginia
  63. Project Healing Waters, Roanoke/New River Valleys Program
  64. Appalachian Voices
  65. Southwest Virginia Mountain Rescue Group
  66. Pulaski Bikes
  67. American Chestnut Foundation, Virginia Chapter
  68. Tangent Outfitters
  69. Woodchuck Woodcarving
  70. Venture Out
  71. Dick’s Sporting Goods
  72. Walkabout Outfitters
  73. Giles County Tourism
  74. Real Time Pain Relief
  75. Town of Pulaski
  76. Pulaski County
  77. HK High Kicks, LLC
  78. Friends of Claytor Lake
  79. Mountain Shepard Survival School
  80. Primland
  81. Cabela’s
  82. Visit Bedford Virginia
  83. com
  84. Trailhead ATV Resort
  85. New River Outdoor Adventures
  86. Mount Inspiration Apparel
  87. GoJourni
  88. Fat Bean Taco
  89. Narrows Trail Club
  90. ReNew the New

Sponsors for the Virginia’s Outdoor Lovers Expo

Virginia Community Capital

Montgomery County Regional Tourism

Walkabout Outfitter

New River Outdoor Adventures

WMEV FM94

WVTF / RADIO IQ

Virginia Tech – College of Natural Resources and Environment

Y-100.5 FM

Carilion Clinic

Backcountry.com

Giles County Tourism

City of Radford

Floyd County Tourism

Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

Mountain 2 Island Paddleboard Company

Trailhead ATV Resort

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Bristol Herald Courier

Virginia Tourism Corporation

Blue Ridge Outdoors

Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure

GearHead Moto Tours

Virginia Tech’s Venture Out Program

Visit Bedford Virginia

Cabela’s

Union Bank & Trust

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