Pandapas Pond is a man-made recreation area in South-West Virginia. It was built in the 1940’s by damming up Poverty Creek. Back then, it was a private recreation area for employees of a local company. Since then, the property was sold to the National Forestry Service, and they maintain it as a public recreation area.” There are numerous trails that give opportunities for wildlife and wildflower viewing, hiking, jogging, horseback riding and mountain bike riding. Wide variety of trails from easy wheelchair and stroller friendly walks around the pond to black diamond mountain bike rides.
The “A.T.,” as it’s called by hikers, is much more than just a path through the woods. It is a national scenic trail, part of the same national park system that includes Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Great Smoky Mountains. Its official name is the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. But, unlike those famous parks, it’s not a concentrated preserve, with campgrounds and paths within its boundaries. As the longest, skinniest part of America’s national park system, the A.T. stretches over 14 different states and passes through more than 60 federal, state, and local parks and forests. Hundreds of roads cross it. In some parts, the Trail “corridor” is only a few hundred feet wide.”
… from www.appalachiantrail.org
About 150,000 visitors a year visit the Cascades. Without question, Cascade Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia and possibly on the entire East Coast. Little Stony Creek falls over a vertical cliff in several different streams. Several streams cascade a couple times on the way down while others fall the whole distance of the falls.
The 69 ft. falls crash into a large pool surrounded by two hundred foot cliff walls from which large ice formations hang in the winter. The scene is both breathtaking and peaceful as the falls combine both power and beauty. The falls are also fairly easy to view, with wooden stairs and platforms on one side of the pool allowing a visitor to get very close to the falls as well as allowing a photographer many different angles for photographs.
Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college named Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, Virginia Tech is now a comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest full-time student population in Virginia. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).
Downtown Blacksburg and the surrounding areas have long been host to local bands and visiting artists. Check out gruvur.com or BlacksburgLiveMusic to find out who’s playing nearby!
Mountain Lake is a seasonal property. From May-October and weekends in November (Thanksgiving is a four day package), the hotel, dining room and recreation is staffed each day. Weekdays in November and from April-May, we offer nine cottages at Blueberry Ridge for your relaxing get-a-way. The main office is staffed Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm EST. The dining room is closed during this period, so please bring your food and beverage of choice while staying at Blueberry Ridge during the off season. Recreation activites during the off season include biking, hiking and cross country skiing (bring your own equipment).
… from www.mountainlakehotel.com
On the eve of the American Revolution, the Virginia backcountry was a place of colliding cultures, clashing ideals, and physical danger. Wolves howled at night; panthers roamed the forest. Europeans and native Shawnee and Cherokee vied for the same fertile farmlands, often erupting into murderous violence. It was here, at the eastern continental divide – the literal edge of European/American civilization – that leader of westward expansion and Revolutionary War patriot William Preston established Smithfield Plantation. In a land of log cabins and physical hardship, Smithfield provided a haven of aristocratic elegance and became the social and political center of the county.
Historic Smithfield is on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Landmarks Register, and is a Preservation Virginia property.”
… from www.smithfieldplantation.org
Golfing at Blacksburg Country Club
Our championship 18-hole golf course was designed by Ferdinand Garbin, former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Four sets of tees on each hole provide golfing fun for all skill levels. From the blue tees, the course offers a challenge to any golfer featuring 6,800 yards of lush fairways that are guarded by more than 60 manicured sand traps. The greens are some of the finest found in southwest Virginia. The North Fork of the Roanoke River meanders through the course and the mountains serve as a beautiful backdrop.
US Forest Service, New River Valley Ranger District
With over 287,934 acres of national forest land adorned by southwest Virginia’s scenic mountains and clear streams, the New River Valley Ranger District offers recreational experiences that inspire a wide range of interests and abilities.
Check out the US Forest Service website for more information and directions to hiking trails, scenic drives, water activities etc.
Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
Combine the unmistakable design of world renowned course architect, Pete Dye, with the vision and resources of the Virginia Tech Foundation and the results are world class golf. The Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech offers a spectacular riverfront setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a traditional links-style layout that is fun and challenging for golfers of all skill levels.
The River Course received a near perfect 4 1/2 Star Rating from the readers of Golf Digest magazine in their “Best Places to Play” poll for 2008-2009. The evaluations are based on the total experience, which includes the actual course, the service, the value for the money, the pace of play and the conditioning of the course. “The River” was named in 2006 by Golf Digest as one of “America’s Best New Courses” and was #4 on the list of “Best New Remodel” golf courses in the country.”