Things to Do
Experience Southwest Virginia and the scenic New River Valley
The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center is strategically located within close proximity to many of Blacksburg and the New River Valley’s unique attractions.
What better way to make yourself feel at home in Blacksburg than to watch some Hokie sports? Virginia Tech has everyone’s favorite sports games occurring on campus all school year long. Stop by to see why VT students are so passionate about their teams! To learn more, visit http://www.hokiesports.com/.
The beautiful Pete Dye River Course located in Radford, Virginia is sure to meet your golfing and dining needs. The clubhouse rests on a cliff above the New River for a premium view of both the water and the greens. Virginia Tech proudly owns and integrates the school’s ambiance into the design and experience at the River Course. To learn more, visit http://www.petedyerivercourse.com/.
Attention, baseball fans! Southwest, VA is home to two successful minor league baseball teams based in Salem and Pulaski. The Pulaski Yankees are a part of the Appalachian League. The Salem Red Sox play their home games at Salem Memorial Ballpark and are a part of the Carolina League. You can typically expect games for either team from April through September. To learn more, visit either http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t414 (Red Sox) or http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t425 (Yankees).
The Cascade Falls hike is about a 4 mile round trip moderate/easy hike along a creek that ends at the waterfall. Whether Cascade Falls is frozen or running water, it is a view to remember. To learn more, visit http://www.virginiasmtnplayground.com/cascades/.
Dragon’s Tooth is a 5.7-mile round trip for more adventurous hikers. The trail features points of rock climbing and overlooks, and ends in a gorgeous view of Southwest, VA. To learn more, visit http://www.hikingupward.com/JNF/DragonsTooth/.
McAfee's Knob trial is an 8.3-mile round trip leading to a natural rock ledge over the scenic Catawba Valley. There are a few different routes up to the knob, all of which are very popular among locals. To learn more, visit http://www.hikingupward.com/JNF/McAfeeKnob/.
The Huckleberry trail is a paved bike and pedestrian path for those who are looking for a scenic view while exercising. The trail is about 5.8 miles and runs from the heart of Blacksburg to the New River Mall. To learn more, visit http://huckleberrytrail.org/.
Pandapas pond is a man-made body of water that is known for its great fishing and canoeing opportunities. To learn more, visit http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/PandapasPond/.
Claytor Lake is a beautiful park to swim, camp, hike, lounge, and fish. It also features boat and bike rentals, playgrounds, a snack bar, and more. There is something at Claytor Lake State Park for all ages. To learn more, visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/claytor-lake#general_information.
The Virginia Explore Park is a recreational facility located in Roanoke County, Virginia. Activities at this park range from hiking to sport fishing and kayaking, to biking and beyond. To learn more, visit http://www.explorepark.org/231/Explore-Park.
Natural Bridge, VA is home to many natural wonders. The naturally formed rock bridge is a popular site as well as traveling down the Cedar Creek Trail and visiting the Caverns at Natural Bridge. To learn more about what Natural Bridge has to offer, visit http://www.naturalbridgeva.com/.
Chateau Morrisette is a beautiful estate located in nearby Floyd, Virginia. It features wine tastings, the rustic Chateau Morrisette Restaurant, and several special events. Live music from local groups is featured for “Sunday Sounds”, the weekly concert. Stop by to spend the day relaxing on the patio or expanding you’re knowledge of wine with the diverse wine tastings. Another major perk to this winery: dogs are welcome! To learn more, visit http://www.thedogs.com/
The Virginia Museum of Transportation serves to preserve Virginia’s transportation history and to admire the efforts that contributed to our transportation progression over the years. This Roanoke based museum is home to a collection of around 2,500 objects from categories ranging from automotive to aviation and beyond. It's open every day of the week, so plan your visit at http://vmt.org/
The Harrison Museum of African American Culture is home to exhibits containing memorabilia, photographs, and objects that pertain to the African American experience in the Roanoke Valley. The collections also include moving stories and African and contemporary art to highlight the culture of the area’s black communities. To learn more, visit http://harrisonmuseum.com/site/
Birds and reptiles and mammals, oh my! Mill Mountain Zoo is the perfect destination for a day trip to Roanoke. It shares the mountain top with the famous Roanoke Star as well as the Mill Mountain Garden Club’s Wildflower Garden. The zoo is home to all different types of animals; check them out and plan your trip at http://www.mmzoo.org/
The pet friendly Dixie Caverns is open 7 days a week and offers 45 minute cavern tours by their experienced guides to give you a full experience of the mountain as well as the underground. They also offer camping options year-round and several different souvenir and shopping opportunities. Thousands of years have shaped these caverns into the beauty they are today. To learn more about the only caverns in Southwest Virginia, visit http://www.dixiecaverns.com/.
The Salem Museum is home to exhibits featuring Salem’s leading citizens and artists. Other exhibits chronicle Roanoke County’s history starting before 1802, including its surprisingly active role in the Civil War. The Salem Historical Society has been dedicated to “preserving the past, informing the future” since 1970 and successfully does so with this museum. To learn more, visit http://salemmuseum.org/.
The Moss Arts Center is an impressive Virginia Tech building that presents artists from all over the world. Its claim to fame is its focus on presenting acts that have a cultural awareness aspect to them. Their calendar is always full of unique performances; learn what’s showing now at https://www.artscenter.vt.edu/.
The Taubman Museum of Art is home to more than 2,000 works of art. There are exhibits ranging from the 19th century to modern day, featuring photography, design, decorative arts, and more. This museum promotes creativity through its unique exhibits as well as its unique architecture. To plan your trip, visit http://www.taubmanmuseum.org/.
Steppin’ Out is an all-day Blacksburg festival hosted in the summer over two days. This event features live performances, your favorite festival foods, over 250 artists and crafts people, and booths to shop from. Free parking, shuttles, and admission! Check out Steppin’ Out’s website to see when this years festival is at http://www.blacksburgsteppinout.com/.
Blacksburg Fork & Cork is an annual food, wine, and art festival hosted in the spring. Over 20 wineries attend to contribute to the wine sampling, cooking demonstrations are put on by local food vendors, and live music is played all throughout the day. To learn more, visit http://www.blacksburgforkandcork.com/.
Brew Do is Blacksburg’s premier craft beer festival hosted in the fall. Craft brewers from the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond gather at this festival with their outstanding selections. Delicious food and live entertainment is provided as well as cooking and brewing demonstrations. To learn more, visit http://www.blacksburgbrewdo.com/.
The Lyric Theatre is a classically designed theatre located in the heart of downtown Blacksburg and a few steps from Virginia Tech’s campus. Inexpensive movies, plays, and live music are always playing at the Lyric. Check out what’s on today by visiting http://www.thelyric.com/.
Frank Theatres/CineBowl & Grille features newly released movies with luxury seating, full-service dining, bowling, and a bar all under one roof. It is located on South Main Street and is a popular destination for groups of friends, families, and large group events. Weekly specials are offered every day of the week, check them out at http://blacksburg.cinebowlandgrille.com/.
Center in the Square provides support for seven cultural and educational organizations as a regional non-profit cultural center. The Center in the Square building is home to a 6,000 gallon aquarium, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, History Museum of Western Virginia, Mill Mountain Theatre, and the Science Museum of Western Virginia. To learn more, visit http://www.centerinthesquare.org/.