Whether you’re a student, a long-term resident, or anything in between, the NRV has no shortage of things for you to do in the NRV this summer. Explore every part of Virginia’s New River Valley by starting with these 10 hotspots:
1. Adventure at Mountain Lake Lodge
Check out the Adventure Center at Mountain Lake Lodge for endless summer fun. Zip through the Appalachian mountains or take a trip down the “Sky Slide,” the tallest inflatable slide in the world! (photo by Alissa Moody)
2. Chateau Morrisette
Enjoy the grounds of this 3rd generation winery with friends, family, and even your pup. Hit the restaurant for an exquisite meal, or simply enjoy a glass of wine on the patio.
3. Claytor Lake
Swim, boat, or fish at Claytor Lake State Park this summer. Enjoy the beach and seasonal snack bar, the full-service marina, picnic spots, hiking trails, and more.
4. Float the New River from Bissett Park
You can float, boat, paddle, or fish the New River from many spots in the NRV, but Bisset Park is a good place to start. Bring your own equipment, or rent from a local outfitter on the spot. Float awhile and they’ll pick you up to start again.
5. Floyd Country Store Friday Night Jamboree
The Floyd Country Store has become a traditional gathering place for musicians, dancers, and visitors from all over the world. The Jamboree happens every Friday night with different featured musicians.
6. Hahn Horticulture Garden
The Hahn Horticulture Garden is almost six acres of beautiful gardens on the Virginia Tech campus. Experience tranquil water gardens, shade gardens, and plants galore! You can even check out special events like Yoga by the Garden.
7. Hike the Cascades
A classic hike in Virginia’s New River Valley, Cascade Falls is a moderate hike with amazing views. The 69 ft. falls are flanked by even taller cliff walls.
8. Moss Arts Center
The Moss Arts Center welcomes performances that range from classical music to stand up comedy. Just two events this summer include: “Ben Folds and a Piano” and “The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming: Sierra Hull.”
9. Pulaski Yankees Game at Calfee Park
Head over to historic Calfee Park in Pulaski for a Yankees Game. Opening Day is June 22nd. This is an action-packed NRV experience you don’t want to miss.
10. Radford University Planetarium
Beat the heat and still experience nature! School is out, but the RU Planetarium is still up and running. Upcoming summer events will be posted soon on the planetarium website.
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Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s A NATURAL FIT.
Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.