Outdoor adventures

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The NRV is full of wonderous outdoor adventures. Find your trail, whether it’s for hiking, biking, kayaking or even horseback riding.  Here are some of the can’t miss outdoor adventures you can find in the New River Valley!

New River Trail - Pulaski, VA

Hike or bike from the Dora Trail in the Town of Pulaski to The Draper Village along the New River Trail where 32 miles of trail parallels the New River, which is actually INCREDIBLY old! Look for the Ghost Train Art along the way! Stop at The Village Coffee Shoppe, located within The Draper Village, to find infused smoothies and coffees, or shop The Marketplace for local beer and wine.

Buffalo Mountain - Floyd, VA

Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve encircles Buffalo Mountain, a knob within the Smith Mountains whose shape resembles the head of a buffalo. A steep but moderately graded one-mile trail leads explorers to a peak of 3,971 feet. Do not judge the trail by its length of one mere mile. The climb will raise your heart rate, and the view is spectacular! Head back into town for diverse and tasty dining options sprinkled throughout the Town of Floyd.

Huckleberry Trail - Blacksburg & Christiansburg, VA

The Huckleberry Trail is a popular multipurpose trail that runs from Blacksburg to Christiansburg passing through neighborhoods, farmland and forests. Numerous side trails along the route connect to parks and other trail systems, including the Coal Mining Heritage Park, Jefferson National Forest, and the campus of Virginia Tech. No matter which end of the trail you are on, there are food and beverage options galore. Treat yourself to a gourmet shake at Sugar Magnolia in downtown Blacksburg and later a brew and smoked BBQ brisket at Bull and Bones Brewpub in Uptown Christiansburg.

New River - Radford, VA

Try your hand at fishing down in Radford! Known for its age and beauty, the New River also features some of the best freshwater fishing in the country. Test your skills by swinging a line out down at Bisset Park. While you’re there, take a stroll around the walking trails that follow along the river or head to downtown to grab a bite to eat!

The Cascades - Pembroke, VA

The Cascades in Giles County is a popular scenic destination in the George Washington National Forest. A loop trail follows the creek through a forested valley, leading to an overlook with spectacular views of the 70-foot high Cascades waterfall. Stop by Tangent Outdoors and Cascade Café in Pembroke to say “howdy, I’d like one of those cat head biscuits with eggs and gravy please!” If you have a taste for BBQ, DO NOT miss Bluegrass BBQ also in Pembroke.

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