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Aug 01 2017

Exploring the Lakes, Creeks, and Rivers of Southwest Virginia

Tucked into the rolling mountains of Southwest Virginia are miles of sparkling lakes, creeks, and rivers waiting to be explored. Load your boat, stock the tackle box, and paddle your way across the state with our guide to Southwest Virginia’s most memorable adventures on the water. Flatwater and Fishing Fishing at Smith Mountain Lake, a tranquil setting that includes 500 miles of...

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Jul 26 2017

10 Must-Do Adventures in Southwest Virginia

Southwest Virginia was once dominated by the coal industry. Mining in the region peaked in the late 1990s, but has been on the decline since. The slow disappearance of the once-dominant industry has given way to something that people might not expect: outdoor tourism. The natural beauty was always there, of course, it just wasn’t the focus while coal was...

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Jul 26 2017

Exploring the Waterfalls of Southwest Virginia

The peaks and valleys of Southwest Virginia embrace the Blue Ridge, Allegheny, and Cumberland mountains in the Appalachian chain, offering numerous opportunities to experience the beautiful sight of waterfalls. Many lie close to the road, allowing easy access, but others require a challenging hike. The Cascades Enjoy the cool rush of water under the Cascades. Adam Fagen It’s easy to understand the popularity of...

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Jul 25 2017

A Foodie’s Guide to Southwest Virginia

If smokin’ barbecue, moist cornbread, and a tall glass of sweet tea define southern cooking for you, it’s time to expand your horizons. These traditional favorites remain top of the menu, but don’t stop there. Local farmers, chefs, winemakers, and brewers are taking locally sourced products and regional traditions to new levels with stunning dishes and authentically Appalachian dining experiences...

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Jul 21 2017

Mill Creek Nature Park – Hiking

Intro Mill Creek Nature Park attracts lots of mountain bikers and fishermen to this remote and scenic region of Southwest Virginia, but the best way to explore the cascading waterfalls of Mill Creek is to hike up Pearis Mountain. The trails are mostly steep and rocky, passing by historic sites like an old dam, an engineered structure that served as the...

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Jul 20 2017

Spending a long weekend in Giles County, Virginia

Giles County is an undiscovered, adventure destination located 20 minutes from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. The mountainous region is a pristine playground for outdoor enthusiasts, including those who love hiking the Appalachian Trail and boating in the New River. So if you’re interested in a fun-filled weekend enjoying the outdoors, pack your gear and head for the hills...

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Castle Rock Golf & Recreation

Backyard Tourist Spotlight on Castle Rock Golf & Recreation   Castle Rock Golf & Recreation is located at 900 Castle Rock Drive in Pembroke, Giles County, Virginia. They have been open since the mid 1960’s and serving the public ever since, and the operations are managed by Adam Harman.   Castle Rock Golf & Recreation strives to ensure your whole family can find enjoyment...

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New River Eye Care

Backyard Tourist Spotlight on New River Eye Care   New River Eye Care located at 700 Wenonah Ave in Pearisburg, Giles County, Virginia has been in business since 2004. It is owned and operated by Dr. Brad Lane and Dr. Chris Hansen.   The goal of New River Eye Care is to ensure that you will be enthusiastically pleased with your eye care and...

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Iris Brammer Public Library

Backyard Tourist Spotlight Iris Brammer Public Library The Iris Brammer Public Library can be found just up from the Duck Pond in the charming town of Narrows, Virginia. Librarian Felecia Bowman welcomes everyone Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm to the Iris Brammer Library. Although note, they close for lunch from 12-1.   The rich history of the library includes opening originally in...

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Queen’s Pizza Pearisburg

Backyard Tourist Spotlight on Queen’s Pizza Pearisburg   Queen’s Pizza is located at 144 Kinter Way in Pearisburg, Giles County, Virginia. They have been serving the community their delicious food for many years. It is an Italian Family Style Restaurant owned by Abdalla Shady and Magdy Saad.   They offer a huge selection of food that will leave everyone satisfied. This includes everything from...

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