Virginia’s Mountain Playground™

There's a reason why they call us that

Grab a friend, a bike, a paddle or a pair of hiking boots and get outside. Take your dog on a long walk around Glen Alton. Saddle up your horse and go for a day’s ride around White Cedar Horse Camp or take to the water in a canoe or kayak for a little “me” time.

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Experience the New River

The magnificent New River Water Trail glides long and clean through Giles County for 37 beautiful miles. Opportunities abound in the diversity of good wholesome family recreation. The New River is unequaled in its ability to provide a superb family vacation setting along with top quality fishing.

Bike the Backroads

More than twenty miles of fern-lined trails at Mountain Lake Conservancy are open to the public for biking year-round. The Town of Narrows has also opened the vast trails of Mill Creek Farms to mountain bikers. Or you might enjoy the beautiful back roads of Giles County. Big Stony Creek Road is a favorite among cyclists of all levels.

Check out all the rides here: http://nrvrc.org/cyclingguide/index.html

Hike the Appalachian Trail

Approximately 50 miles of the historical Appalachian Trail passes through Giles County, which offers hikers easy access to this nationally acclaimed hiking trail that runs through the county seat of Pearisburg, the Town of Narrows and Mountain Lake Conservancy.

Visit Cascade Falls

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. 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.

Brave Treetop Adventures

Giles County’s new ropes adventure course is located in the forest canopy at Mountain Lake. Mountain Lake Treetop Adventures is a fun way to get outside, challenge yourself, and experience the exhilaration of climbing through the tree canopy and riding zip lines through the forest.

Hire an Outfitter or Guide

The New River is regarded as one of the top smallmouth rivers in the country and one of the best overall fishing rivers in Virginia. Giles County also boasts several top trout streams that are stocked and ready. All you need now is someone to help you get started. Our Outfitters and Guides have been voted as Best of Virginia. Check them out.

Hunt the National Forests

Giles contains 92.4 square miles of Jefferson National Forest perfect for hunting. With an abundance of whitetail deer, wild turkey, grouse, rabbit, racoon, coyote black bear and bobcat, fall is one Giles County’s busiest seasons. Hunters and sportsman come from neighboring states to enjoy the great hunting and for a chance to simply sit in the woods and drink in the peaceful beauty.

Find out about Hunting Licenses here.

Find out where you can hunt here.

Our Not So Dismal Falls

The Falls of Dismal is a 10 foot multi- tiered waterfall on Dismal Creek. It is easily accessed from the road or from a side trail off of the Appalachian Trail. The Falls area is part of a sandstone formation that is over 400 million years old. Dismal Creek is a stocked trout stream. In the winter the frozen falls are particularly beautiful.

Camp Out Under the Stars

Whether it’s camping along the New River for paddling and smallmouth bass fishing, Big Stony for trout fishing, the Appalachian Trail for hiking, or Jefferson National Forest for just kicking back and relaxing, Giles County has something for every campers needs…including horses. Find a campground right for you.