Outdoor Activities

Cycling

  • Huckleberry Trail, (540) 552-4503
    The Huckleberry Trail is a unique rails-to-trails project that brings recreational use to the site of an old railroad spur. The six-mile trail is open to bicyclists, walkers, strollers, joggers, and skaters during daylight hours. It starts at the Blacksburg Public Library and ends at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg.

Camping

  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Claytor Lake State Park
  • Dixie Caverns
  • Jefferson National Forest
  • White Rock Recreation Area
    (540) 921-5000, 552-4503, or 800-288-4061
    Features a remote wooded campground with excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife. Forty-nine camp sites with central water fountains, garbage containers, and flush toilets. Open May 1 to October 1. Located off Route 613 in Giles County.

Canoeing

  • New River Canoe Livery (540) 626-7189
    Enjoy the beautiful New River from a canoe or kayak. Day trips and packages available May through October. Located in Pembroke, 20 miles from Blacksburg. Call for rates and more information.
  • Tangent Outfitters (540) 674-5202
    Guided canoe trips as well as canoe, kayak, and inner tube rentals. Located in Bisset Park under the Memorial Bridge in Radford. Open weekends in June, every day in July and August. Located 15 miles from Blacksburg. Call for rates, reservations and more information.

Golfing 

  • Auburn Hills Golf Course (540) 381-4995 An 18-hole course located in Riner, 13 miles from Blacksburg. Length: 6,534 yards; Course Rating: 71.9; PAR: 72
    Open to the public
  • Blacksburg Municipal Golf Course (540) 961-1137
    A nine-hole course located at the end of Graves Avenue in Blacksburg. Length: 2,731 yards; Course Rating: 33.1; PAR: 35
    Open to the public
  • Draper Valley Golf Course (540) 980-4653
    An 18-hole course located in Draper, 38 miles from Blacksburg. Length: 7,046 yards; Course Rating: 73.3; PAR: 72 Open to the public
  • Virginia Tech Golf Course   (540) 231-6435
    An 18-hole course located in Blacksburg. Length: 6,448 yards; Course Rating: 69.7; PAR: 70. Open to the public, 9 am to 5 pm.

Tubing

  • New River Junction  (540) 639-6633
    Rent tubes and spend a lazy day floating down the New River. Prices are $4.00 for tube rental during the week, $5.00 on the weekend. $1.00 parking fee. Shuttle provided back to Junction. May through September. 15 miles from Blacksburg.

Hiking

  • The Appalachian Trail
  • The Appalachian Trail is the nation’s premier hiking trail. Stretching 2,155 miles from Georgia to Main, the trail passes within ten miles of the Virginia Tech campus. Many entry points to the trail can be found in the New River Valley. Check the web site or a local map for details.
  • Cascades National Recreation Trail
    The Cascades waterfall, located about 20 miles from Blacksburg, is one of the New River Valley’s favorite hiking destinations. The trail is a four-mile round-trip hike to the 66-foot waterfall, the highest in the area. Follow Route 460 West to Pembroke in Giles County. Turn right onto Route 623. Travel four miles to the Cascades parking lot. There is a $2.00 fee per vehicle.
  • Dragon’s Tooth
    Four miles round trip, this trail leads to a unique rock formation and wonderful views. Take Mount Tabor Road (Route 624) or Harding Ave. (Route 785) to Route 311. Turn left and look for the sign about a quarter-mile after the intersection of Mount Tabor Road and 311. Located 30 miles from Blacksburg.
  • McAfee Knob
    A seven-mile round-trip hike with breathtaking panoramic vistas. Take Mount Tabor Road (Route 624) 15 miles to Route 311, or take Harding Ave. (Route 785) to Route 311. Turn right and drive two miles to the Appalachian Trail Crossing at the top of the mountain. The trail head is across the road from the parking lot. Located 30 miles from Blacksburg.
  • Mountain Lake Wilderness Area
    This 11,113-acre wilderness area contains the only natural lake (privately owned by the Mountain Lake Hotel) in western Virginia. Two popular hiking trails, the Warspur Overlook and Wind Rock, offer magnificent views. From Blacksburg, take Route 460 west to Route 700 and follow the signs. For Warspur, drive past Mountain Lake. After the road becomes gravel, follow the signs at the fork. Parking and trail head are on the left, two miles past the lake. Wind Rock is 3.8 miles beyond the trail head for Warspur. Parking is on the left and the trail head is on the right.
  • Pandapas Pond
    An eight-acre manmade pond, Pandapas features fishing and canoeing and is popular with hikers, cyclists, and environmentalists. Located three miles west of Blacksburg in Montgomery County off Route 460 and Forest Service Road 808.
  • Horseback Riding
    • Claytor Lake State Park
    • White Pines Horse Camp (540) 552-4641
      Features numerous horseback riding trails, loading ramps for horses, hitching posts, a central corral, and camping. Open all year. No fee. Located off Route 201 in Giles County, 40 miles from Blacksburg.

Swimming
Most local apartment complexes and neighborhoods have outdoor pools. Many offer summer memberships or day passes to non-residents. Call around for information.

  • Virginia Tech Swimming Pool  (540) 231-6916
    Located in War Memorial Gym, open to students, faculty, and staff. Call for more information or visit http://www.recsports.vt.edu 
  • Blacksburg Aquatic Center (540) 961-1852
    Indoor recreational swimming, hot tub, sauna, and water aerobics classes are available. Call for more information or visit http://www.blacksburg.va.us/parksrec/aquatic.html
  • Frog Pond  (540) 382-6975
    Outdoor recreational swimming, open May through Sept., 11:00-6:00 daily during the summer. Call for more information.

Tennis

  • Virginia Tech Tennis Courts   (540) 231-5908
    Twenty-two courts located beside Cassell Coliseum. Call 231-5908 for more information.
  • Virginia Tech Pavilion and Field House   (540) 231-5908
    Six outdoor courts and six indoor courts. Open to the public.
  • Blacksburg Parks and Recreation (540) 961-1135
    Six courts located behind the ball field between Turner St. and Patrick Henry Dr. at the City Park.