Friday Fellowship Hikes Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Month

Friday Fellowship Hikes

Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Month


The Giles Office of Tourism Marketing is coordinating efforts to encourage all friends and neighbors in Giles County to be a ‘Tourist in Your Own Backyard’ the entire month of May. Along with business spotlight blog posts on, pictures and videos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and promoting community events, there will also be special group hikes and the 2nd Annual Giles County Scavenger Hunt.


Community members and friends are encouraged to explore the 37 miles of the New River Water Trail, 60+ miles of the Appalachian Trail and Great Eastern Trail, and multiple town parks that offer opportunities to hike, bike, paddle, and be in nature. In Giles County you can find nature walks along the New River that are appropriate for all ages or challenging inclined hikes for a more adventuresome trek. There are historically significant hikes, as well as world class fishing in our streams and the New River.


You are especially invited to our Friday Fellowship Hikes! The sole purpose of these group hikes are to get people together, enjoy the fresh air, and explore or rediscover a piece of Virginia’s Mountain Playground™. Hikes will begin every Friday morning at 9am at the locations designated below. All hikes will be casual and low impact, however we can direct you to nearby more challenging hikes if you would like to continue hiking. We’ve also included suggested activities around the hike times to continue enjoying our local businesses and fellowship with each other.


We encourage you to bring your staff, bring your friends, bring your neighbors, and/or bring your family. You can do as much or as little of these hikes are you have time. Enjoy being a tourist in your own backyard this month….


If you would like to RSVP (no requirement to do so) or have additional questions, please email or call Cora, Tourism Marketing Director at 540-921-2079.


Most hikes will take less than an hour.


Meet us at 9am for a short, friendly, casual hike through some of the public parks and spaces in Giles County, Virginia. Come to one-or come to all!

  • May 5th
  • May 12th
  • May 19th
  • May 26th
    • Mill Creek Nature Park (Bring your discs and try a game of disc golf at Camp Success afterwards). Directions: Follow Northview Street approximately 3 blocks, turn right onto College Street, then take the next left onto Poplar Street. Continue on Poplar Street for .8 miles to the stop sign and turn right on the gravel road (through the open gate) to the parking area for Mill Creek Nature Park. Alternately- follow Northview Street to end and continue on gravel road (through open gate) to parking area.



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