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Outdoor Programs

Enjoy the natural resources of Southwest Virginia by joining Montgomery County Parks and Recreation on an outdoor adventure! We offer programs including raft tours, kayaking, rock climbing, zip line, snow tubing, and more. Find information about our annual Rowdy Dawg mountain bike race, the New River Paddle Fishing Tournament, and Kids' Fishing Day.

 

Updates

Download our Summer 2021 calendar.

Registration for Summer 2021 activities is going on now!

 

Summer 2021 Programs

New River Raft Floats - $35 each

We are offering two raft dates: June 23 & July 22

What better way is there to explore the New River Valley than a raft float down the river? This trip is designed as a laid back, relaxing float with some exciting class II+ rapids thrown in that will bring you right into nature. Bring your camera because there will be plenty of opportunities for that special shot. All equipment is provided, including dry bags, personal flotation devices, paddles, and paddling jackets. We will provide river side snacks for one of the best picnics you'll ever have! The deadline to register is one week prior to the trip.

We will depart from the Montgomery County Government Center at 9:00 a.m. and return at 5:00 p.m.

 

Laurel Bed Lake Kayak Trip - $30

Th, Jul. 15, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Clinch Mountain Wildlife Area

We provide full instruction on how to navigate your own sit-on-top kayak in a safe environment on calm clear water at Laurel Bed Lake. Take in the sights and sounds of this high mountain lake. Lunch is on your own at the Riverfront Cafe located in Chilhowie, Virginia. The deadline to register is July 8.

We will depart from the Montgomery County Government Center at 8:30 a.m. and return at 5:00 p.m.

 

Chanterelle Mushroom Hunt - $7

Tu, Jul. 27, 1:00 p.m., Location: Participants to be called week of event

"Golden chanterelles" are one of the most well known wild mushrooms. They are sought after by chefs and foodies due to their delicate flavor, which some describe as "mildly peppery". Ranging in color from yellow to deep orange, golden chanterelles are easy to spot in the summer forest. The deadline to register is July 20.

 

Claytor Lake Kayak Trip - $30

W, Aug. 18, 10:00 a.m., Dublin, VA

We provide full instruction on how to navigate your own sit-on-top kayak in a safe environment on calm clear water. Lunch is provided. Transportation is on your own. The deadline to register is August 11.

 

Chicken of the Woods Mushroom Hunt - $7

Tu, Aug. 31, 1:00 p.m., Location: Participants to be called week of event

Southwest Virginia mushroom hunting season does not have to strictly be confined to the spring months looking for morels. The late summer and fall months are an ideal time to find chicken of the woods mushrooms. Never heard of them? These mushrooms are so named because "they taste like chicken"! The deadline to register is August 24.

 

Cruising on the Pontoon - $47

Su, Sept. 26, 10:00 a.m., Claytor Lake

There's no better way to spend the day than with lunch and a relaxing cruise on the calm waters of Claytor Lake. We'll be traveling in style on an 18-foot party pontoon with reclining chairs, diving board, and water slide. We'll provide hotdogs on the grill, a side, and drinks. This is a great opportunity for wildlife photography, or you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Claytor Lake. The deadline to register is July 26.

 

High Bridge Trail Hike - $15

Th, Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Farmville, VA

High Bridge Trail is 31 miles long and ideally suited for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Once a rail bed, this trail is wide, level, and generally flat. Its finely crushed limestone surface and dimensions make it easy to enjoy. The park's centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River. It is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the longest in the United States. High Bridge is a Virginia Historic Landmark, and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The trail is a National Recreation Trail recognizing exemplary trails of local and regional significance, connecting people to nature and to our shared history and culture. Lunch is on your own at The Fishin' Pig, a Memphis style BBQ joint. This hike is Level I, and we will cover approximately two miles. The deadline to register is September 16. 

We will depart from the Montgomery County Government Center at 8:30 a.m. and return at 5:00 p.m.

 

How to Register

Register online, by phone at (540) 382-6975, or by visiting our office in the Montgomery County Government Center, located at 755 Roanoke Street, Suite 1E, in Christiansburg.


 
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Montgomery County
Government Center
755 Roanoke St., Ste. 1E
Christiansburg, VA 24073

Phone: (540) 382-6975
Fax: (540) 382-4596
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Hours: Mon.-Fri.,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.