Trail Center Opens to Visitors in Giles County

Giles County, VA – The ribbon cutting for the Giles County Trail Center at Mountain Lake Lodge was celebrated on May 10, 2024. According to a press release from Mountain Lake Lodge, the Trail Center has been created to help visitors discover the many attractions and trails of Giles County.

The 3,000 square foot center features public restrooms, parking, outdoor decks, interior gathering spaces, and changing rooms. The facility also provides maps, itineraries, and brochures that will help connect visitors to the natural beauty of the surrounding New River Valley.

Giles County Administrator Chris McKlarney said that “The Giles County Trail Center was designed to be a place where guests can be immersed in the outdoor adventure and amenities found throughout our region. Given the remote nature of this area and tremendous increase in number of day users over the past few years, creating adequate facilities to accommodate this growth was necessary.”

Read the full press release from Mountain Lake Lodge here.

Breathtaking views, mountain hikes, and water activities make the New River Valley a natural fit for outdoor recreation. Virginia’s New River Valley is a place where you can find your escape. Discover more about the NRV here.


Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “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.

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