June is National Outdoors Month

June is National Outdoors Month


Giles County, VA- Giles County, Virginia’s Mountain Playground™ will, along with communities and officials across America, celebrate the great outdoors for the entire month of June. June is recognized as Great Outdoors Month. You are encouraged to take advantage of the resources available in Giles to enjoy the great outdoors. You can choose any one of the 37 miles of the New River Water Trail, 60+ miles of the Appalachian Trail or Great Eastern Trail, mountain biking trails, walking one of the newly recognized nine Wellness Trails through our community spaces, or anything in between. Giles has identified a variety of events and activities for the whole family can experience Virginia’s Mountain Playground™ in June, and all summer long.


wellness trail park sign
The Rich Creek Wellness Trail is located at the Town Park also known as Woodlawn Park.


On June 22nd all are invited to CRUSH Friday and join us on a Fun Float from Eggleston to New River’s Edge. Paddle what you bring and RSVP to let us know if you want lunch. We will be heading out at 9am from the Eggleston wide spot river access. Visitors to any of the eight public boat landings in Giles County will see the signage that outlines safety information, fishing and floating times, including maps and contact information. You can learn more about the New River Water Trail by visiting Facebook.com/NewRiverWaterTrail or on Instagram @NewRiverWaterTrail.


SUP people on New River at Castle Rock
Photo by Sam Dean, courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corporation


On June 28th at 10am all are also invited to a ground breaking ceremony at the soon-to-be Eggleston Boat Landing. The new boat landing will be off of Eggleston Road, onto River Road and turning left under the bridge. Other Outdoors Month events left include June 23rd New River Water Trail Poker Float, followed that evening by the next installment of the Newport Jamboree featuring Dale Cash and County Connection. Close out the month with a good ‘ol fashioned Ice Cream Supper at the Newport Village Green.


new river from boat landing
The New River at Whitt-Riverbend Boat Landing


Share all your outdoor adventures by using #GilesCoVa on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We look forward to seeing your favorite spots and activities to celebrate all the great outdoors in the New River Valley.




For more information about planning your visit to Giles County or about activities and events, please visit www.gilescounty.org or contact us at tourism@gilescounty.org.

Narrows Completes RALLY Southwest Virginia Project

Narrows Completes RALLY Southwest Virginia Project


Giles County, VA- RALLY Southwest Virginia is building community leadership capacity and reinforcing collaborative communities across the region of Southwest Virginia. The region consisting of 19 counties from Giles to the far southwest counties in Virginia, has embraced this program and others to find creative outlets for suppressed economies and the revitalization for downtown areas.


The Town of Narrows is the first community in the New River Valley to participate in this new mini-grant program, facilitated by Opportunity SWVA. The mini-grant program provides a $3,000 award to communities to implement a community development project through a team structure. The team in Narrows is comprised of citizens, small business owners, town staff, and county representatives. The group gathered for the initial meeting early in 2017 to discuss the potential of the RALLY program and begin brainstorming how this mini-grant could be utilized to support ongoing development efforts in Narrows.


Opportunity SWVA logo


Since March of this year a group of local leaders have planned and implemented multiple mini-projects that will soon complete their RALLY Project. The final presentation will happen at the Narrows Fall Festival on October 28. The festival will run from noon until 8:00pm, with a special RALLY presentation at 1:45pm. The presentation will unveil a new downtown sign directing residents and visitors to the multiple community and outdoor assets in the community that is cohesive with the Giles and New River Water Trail signage for familiarity and to continue to foster collaboration.

Narrows Metal Sign RALLY project 2017


The sign is housed in a new kiosk designed and built as part of a local young man’s Eagle Scout project. In addition to the kiosk at the Duck Pond, the RALLY group identified buildings throughout downtown to install large pictures highlighting the recreational opportunities within the nearby area. The pictures were provided by local citizens and the Town orchestrated a photo contest to add to the collection.


The pictures are installed throughout downtown in an attempt to also highlight the space available for future business locations. The local group worked with building owners to share that part of this process was to communicate availability of space for business. In addition the New River Valley Regional Commission assisted with pulling together resources and information that potential businesses would need through their startup or expansion process. This printed packet will be available at the Narrows Town Hall as well as downloadable on their website. On October 28 to draw attention to the RALLY components and provide an activity for guests at the Fall Festival, the RALLY group has facilitated a Scavenger Hunt with prizes to be awarded.


Local committee hanging signs in Narrows 2017


The sign, the pictures, and the kiosk combined to complete the Narrows RALLY project. The local RALLY group identified that these actions would help draw attention to the community for positive development and usage of the surrounding natural resources. In addition to the RALLY presentation the Narrows Fall Festival will feature knockerball, kids games, a bouncy house, face painting, a corn hole tournament, and disc golf tournament at Camp Success along the New River. The festival goers will enjoy live music all day with performances by 90 Proof, Destiny Quartet, Melanie Vaught, Chad Robertson & Corey Lowe, Giles County School of Dance, and Dance Motion. Street and food vendors along Main Street from noon until 8pm. To round out the evening there will be a Street Dance beginning at 6pm featuring The Cadillac Ranch Band. The Narrows Fall Festival is presented in partnership by the Narrows Recreation Department and FNBP-Narrows. More information can be found on their Facebook event page.




For more information or to schedule an interview prior to or the day of the Narrows Fall Festival, please contact Cora Gnegy, Tourism Marketing Director. For additional information on RALLY Southwest Virginia please feel free to contact Robyn Lee at 276-376-3453 or rlee@uvawise.edu.




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 gilescounty.org 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 www.gilescounty.org or contact us at tourism@gilescounty.org.

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.