Exciting festivals and events throughout the year!
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The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is an outdoor lover's paradise. Being located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains gives us an incredible assortment of outdoor activities and amenities.
Many of them are highlighted in this outdoor itinerary.
The region has claimed numerous recognitions and awards for its outdoor assets, including being named the Best Trail Town by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and one of the Most Bike-Friendly Communities in the United States by USA Today Travel.
It's easy to pack any Blue Ridge Day full of great outdoor adventures, and you'll need multiple visits to experience some of the best the region has to offer.
The following is a three-day guide that features all kinds of outdoor experiences in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Make your way around the Roanoke Valley on two wheels by taking advantage of the great biking in the region. Popular routes include Carvins Cove, trails on Mill Mountain, Explore Park, and the Roanoke Valley Greenways. Bike rentals and guided services are available through Roanoke Mountain Adventures and UnderDog Bikes.
Go on a geocaching hunt in Downtown Roanoke.
Unwind with drinks and some good times at our great local craft breweries.
Swing by a farmers market to get everything you need for a picnic lunch.
Spend the day on the water with a kayaking, canoeing, or rafting adventure with Twin River Outfitters in Botetourt County.
Finish the night with a trip to the Roanoke Star & Overlook for a gorgeous view of the city from the top of Mill Mountain.
The extra-adventurous can also take on the nearby Dragon's Tooth hike.
Explore the underground with a visit to Dixie Caverns.
Enjoy the outdoors from a different perspective by taking a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Floyd, an eclectic town with a funky arts, cultural and food scene.
For more opportunities and ideas on things to do, visit our section on Outdoor Adventures in Virginia's Blue Ridge.