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Friday, July 7th, 2017

Gatewood Park

People talk about “best kept secrets” which are rarely s-e-c-r-e-t, but Gatewood Park and Reservoir in Pulaski County might seriously qualify as one of them. Encompassing 400 acres of forests, water and scenic beauty, the property is surrounded by Jefferson National Forest for even more woodland adventure. The reservoir’s water surface is an impressive 162

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Friday, May 12th, 2017

A Puddle Between the Mountains . . . James Pandapas

In 1948, Blacksburg resident James Pandapas, known for having brought its first two industries to the town – Electro-Tec and Poly Scientific – purchased a 500-acre tract of Appalachian hardwoods and pines between Brush and Gap Mountains....

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Monday, July 18th, 2016

Blue Ridge Scout Reservation’s newest camp offering

Helpful. Loyal. Brave. These are three of the twelve core values that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) strive to possess. If you ever get the chance to check out the BSA Base Camp Ottari located right...

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The New River’s Unique Formation

For those new to the world of river sports, here’s why this mighty grandfather of East Coast Rivers is the perfect place to get your feet wet. We cannot help but feel calm beside a river as...

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Playgrounds for Tiny Adventure Seekers

(Local resident Joseph Alberts, now 35, playing at Caboose Park in 1981) A playground is more than just a place for kids to get their wiggles out before lunch time. Parks and playgrounds harbor some of our...

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

Most Popular NRV Hiking Trail

Grab your backpack, sneakers or hiking boots, water bottle and camera because we are going hiking. One of the most beautiful adventures in the New River Valley, I now know, is to hike to Cascade Falls. It...

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

Summer Camps

Going to overnight summer camp is a marvelous experience ~ practically a rite of passage for children seeking their first away adventure of independence. First-time campers might express a bundle of enthusiasm tempered with some normal anxiety,...

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Monday, March 17th, 2014

Swinging through the Forest

Be it the stuff of legend or one man’s imagination, swinging through the trees has morphed into adventure activities drawing people of all ages and skills. Sky bridges, canopy tours, zip lines, hanging vines, ropes and aerial...

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Monday, January 13th, 2014

SKI Close to Home

By Mari Kiyota  |  Photos Courtesy of Wintergreen Resort   New River Valley residents can exchange slush for snow as they head to ski areas in an hour or two or three to schuss, spin, snowboard, fall...

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Friday, November 15th, 2013

Dancing Through the NRV

The New River Valley is resplendent with dance opportunities ~ for spectators, children and participants. No matter your age or skill level, there’s a place for you and your dancing shoes, or boots, or clogs, or stocking...

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