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May 01 2023

Giles County Trail Center at Mountain Lake Lodge Celebrates Construction Kick Off With A Groundbreaking Ceremony

Friends of Southwest Virginia & regional partners break ground on the Giles County Trail Center at Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia   (PEMBROKE, Va. – Friday, April 28, 2023) – Friends of Southwest Virginia, Giles County, and Mountain Lake Lodge held a celebratory groundbreaking Friday to commemorate the construction of the Giles County Trail Center at Mountain Lake Lodge. The visitor...

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Outdoor scene of large waterfall with people swimming
Feb 01 2023

2023 “Best of the Blue Ridge” Winners

2023 “Best of the Blue Ridge” Winners Official Award Announcement for Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine 13th Annual Best of the Blue Ridge Awards From Blue Ridge Outdoors Wondering where the top trails are in the Blue Ridge? Or where can you get the best local cider and pizza after a day of adventure? Well, our readers have spoken!    Beginning in October of 2022, readers of...

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Dec 21 2022

A Message from Mountain Lake Lodge

A Message from Mountain Lake Lodge Last week we woke to terrible news – the passing of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss. Mountain Lake Lodge (also known as Kellerman’s Mountain House) was richly blessed to have had our lives touched by tWitch and his lovely wife, Allison, last year when The Real Dirty Dancing, a celebrity reality dance competition, was filmed here. The filming...

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Giles County Trail Center Concept

Giles County Trail Center Concept Original Post from NRVRC Updates   The New River Valley Regional Commission is excited to partner with Friends of Southwest Virginia and Giles County on the development of a new River/Trail Center.  The project will break ground this Fall on the grounds of historic Mountain Lake property.  The Center is anticipated to serve as a nucleus for information...

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Bald Knob, Mountain Lake, Pembroke, VA
Sep 18 2020

Scenic Outdoor Adventures Road Trip

Scenic Outdoor Adventures Road Trip Some fresh air and scenic views sound like a great makeup of a Scenic Outdoor Adventure Road Trip or staycation! Come travel along with us through Giles County as we highlight scenic byways, beautiful vistas, and share tips on how to peep at some of the best views you could experience!   So your family or group of...

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People posing for a picture at Cascade Falls
Sep 11 2020

Epic Road Trip Destination | Virginia’s Mountain Playground

Epic Road Trip Destination | Virginia's Mountain Playground   Experience an epic outdoor road trip and staycation through Virginia’s Mountain Playground™. If you find yourself driving a motorcycle, convertible, or RV this is your map to epic outdoor adventures. Whatever your mode of transportation, Giles has your wide open adventure!   Not sure where to start on your motorcycle adventure? GearHead Moto Tours in...

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