Top 5 New River Valley Adventures for Area Newcomers to Do This Summer

Hike the Cascades

A pretty easy hike up and an easier walk back done, Cascade Falls is a trip for couples, families and individuals, and is one of the most popular hiking trails in the New River Valley. The falls are located in the Giles County area of the New River Valley and allows you to follow Little Stony Creek the whole way up the falls. Trekking on a dirt path, manmade stairs and across wooden bridges, you’ll have a blast exploring the natural wonder of the falls. At the top you’ll find the reward for the hike—a beautiful waterfall with a natural pool that visitors are welcomed and encouraged to relax in, swim in and have fun around! For an easy climb back down take the old logging road.

More information on the falls can be found here:

Visit Claytor Lake

Claytor Lake is the area’s go-to place for lakefront summer cookouts on the beach. Located in Pulaski County, it’s an easy drive no matter where you’re located in the New River Valley. Here, you’ll find local people and people from afar camping out at the state camp ground, as well as people just visiting for the day. Claytor Lake State Park is 427 acres and the lake itself is 4,500 acres. Have a boat or love fishing? You can do that too here. Throughout the entire summer you’ll also find various events at the lake that include history and culture events, community cookouts, and art, crafts and photography.

For everything Claytor Lake has to offer, visit

Go on a NRV Wine Tour

Did you know Virginia is one of the top producing states for wine? Pretty cool! The New River Valley is no different. With wineries in Floyd, Giles, Christiansburg, Blacksburg and Pulaski, a wine tour is in order. Some of our favorites here are Whitebarrel Winery in Christiansburg and Chateau Morrisette in Floyd. Each winery has a different atmosphere as well as a different variety of wines. On most weekends you’ll also be able to find live music at each winery.

Whitebarrel Winery
Beliveau Estate Winery
Chateau Morrisette
JBR Vineyards and Winery
New River Vineyard and Winery
Villa Appalaccia

Float down the New River

A staple to New River Valley summers, floating down the New River is a must! Grab a tube at the New River Valley Junction in Blacksburg, hop in the water and float on down the New to Radford. After you make the fun, relaxing float down the river, there is a free shuttle service to take you back to the Junction where you began.

Go to a Pulaski Yankees Game

The Pulaski Yankees are the area’s minor league baseball team. At the stadium you’ll find a friendly, family atmosphere perfect for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon with the kids or a weekday date night. Starting their season with a home opener on Thursday, June 22, the team will play until here until their last home game on August 25th.

For the schedule and ticket information, visit