Outdoor adventures in the New River Valley

PULASKI, Va. – 10 News continues in your city – this week, in the New River Valley.

The New River Valley has something for everyone, especially if you love the outdoors.

Pulaski County is filled with picturesque views from mountain peaks, and one place that locals and tourists alike can enjoy is the view of the Draper Valley. One side of the lookout overlooks Draper and the other over the town of Pulaski.

“If you show up here in the morning, you can enjoy the sun – really beautiful,” said Nathan Repass from the town of Pulaski. “And off the lookouts you’ll find a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails.”

Repass is a fan of hiking himself, and said Draper Mountain has a 9.5-mile trail system for people to hike, bike, and even take their pets with them.

And while you’re enjoying the outdoors, you can stop by the Draper Mountain Amphitheater.

Those who love to ride a bike but need a bit of practice before venturing onto the mountain trails will be in luck – this fall a bike park is set to open on Route 99.

“The new mountain bike park will have a lot of rolling features, wooden features, technical features so people can go out there and develop the skills they need to come here on a mountain bike and be successful,” said said Repass.

If you’re in the mood for some outdoor fun, look no further than Sinkland Farms.

Sinkland Farms has been in operation for over 31 years and is currently preparing for its pumpkin festivalwhich opened on September 22 and will run from Thursday to Sunday until October 30.

Susan Sink, owner of Sinkland Farms, said the farm is a place anyone can visit and learn about farm life.

“We’re known as a premier location in Southwest Virginia,” Sink said. “I think the best way to describe Sinkland Farms is ‘agritourism’.”

The adventures in the NRV don’t end there, however.

If you’ve heard of Dirty Dancing, you know the meaning of Mountain Lake Cabinwhich is in Giles County.

Heidi Stone, CEO of Mountain Lake Lodge, said the film helped boost tourism in the area.

While Mountain Lake Lodge is widely known for its role in Dirty Dancing, Stone said there are also plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, including 22 miles of trails.

If you want to know more about what the NRV has to offer, you can head over to the Visit the NRV website.

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