Virginia is one beautiful state. From the Eastern shore to the far western mountain ranges you find a kind of lasting beauty that has drawn visitors and residents for hundreds of years. Located in the Southwest end of the state, but not quite to the far reaches of the state, you find the lush and historic New River Valley.
The region mixes old and new in a comfortable fashion. One moment you will pass through farms and pasture that seem to be untouched by time, and a short while later you’ll be in the heart of one of Virginia’s most innovative learning and entrepreneurial regions.
One Ancient River- The New River
Most of the New River’s banks are undeveloped, leaving it to it’s beauty and mystery as it flows quietly through the Valley. Enjoy quiet stretches of shaded riding alongside and soak up the cool, fresh summer smells of the clean air in the valley. It’s the perfect respite from hectic places and crowded living.
Towns, Cities and Communities
During the 2018 event we will visit Radford, Dublin, Christiansburg, Pulaski, Floyd, and Blacksburg. Each of these communities offers both modern and historic sights and places of interest. On your tour journey you will roll through farmland, expansive pastures, and by forested hillsides. Our routes will follow along the New River and other tributaries, and treat you to the splendor of Claytor Lake.
Mild Summer Weather in the New River Valley- Perfect for Biking
Summer is lush, green and just the perfect amount of humid in the New River Valley. It is the perfect escape for the city dweller who wants to surround themselves in green, the southern city life where humidity is oppressive, or the hot dry heat of the southwest. The average daytime temperature in June is 71 degrees!
University Towns and Quaint Communities
There is a lot of intellectual activity in the region as well as the NRV is home to several institutes of higher learning, business incubators and other centers of innovation and creation. Our first headquarters is just 2 miles from Radford University’s charming campus. Nearby just 15 minutes away is, Virginia Tech, a historic land grant institution is home to “Hokie Stone” buildings, the War Memorial, and an expansive center drill field. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is based in Blacksburg as well. New River Community College, a hub of community activity and learning is just a few miles from our second headquarters at Claytor Lake State Park.
Outdoor Recreation- A Hub of Activity in the New River Valley
If you passion is the outdoors then you will find something delightful to do at every turn in the Valley. Water enthusiasts can paddle board, fish, kayak, jet ski, boat, sail, and swim at the region’s beloved Claytor Lake. The fun doesn’t stop there. The New River meanders through the region offering many locations for fishing, tubing, swimming, and kayaking.
For those who love the woods, the National Forest is home to miles and miles of trails. Visit the Pandapas Pond recreation area, just outside Blacksburg for marked trails for mountain biking, hiking and leisurely nature stroll.
Dining on Delightful Treats
Whether your tastes are for local farm-to-table fare or something more international, the region offers a wide selection of restaurants and markets. Learn more at the visitor center websites: