Get out and explore the natural beauty of Virginia. Outdoor recreation activities range widely from the beaches to the mountains in all four seasons. From riverboat cruises and wildlife safaris to whitewater rafting and mountain biking, there is something for everyone in Virginia’s great outdoors.
Abingdon Does the Outdoors
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, Abingdon is known for its artsy vibe, historic charm and close proximity to some of the most spectacular outdoor recreation in the state. Find world-class hiking and biking along the Virginia Creeper Trail and Appalachian Trail. Journey through the Jefferson National Forest, fish the trout filled lake at Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and more. See full itinerary.
Chesapeake is an outdoor lovers’ paradise with plenty of activities for those who need to escape from life’s stresses. It is a sanctuary for birds and birdwatchers, home to more than 200 species including Bald Eagles, Hawks, Song Sparrows, and more and a great place for fishing or strolling at Elizabeth River Park. See full itinerary.
An Outdoor Adventure in Staunton
Nestled between Shenandoah National Park and George Washington and Jefferson National Forests lies the mountain-fringed town of Staunton. Discover your passion for the outdoors while taking in spectacular waterfalls, beautiful scenic overlooks and mountain views, all while enjoying the local food, brews and culture of the area. See full itinerary.
Tazewell County nurtures a special position in the majestic Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. Take a ride on the Big Walker Scenic Mountain Byway and climb the lookout tower for a breathtaking mountain view. Visit “God’s Thumbprint’ or see the world’s largest collection of rare and endangered fresh water species at the Clinch River Basin. See full itinerary.
Outdoor & Eco-Adventure
Virginia Beach’s coastal terrain is perfect for all types of exploration. Outdoor and eco-adventure enthusiasts can take part in exciting dolphin cruises, wildlife safaris, oceanfront bike rides and much more. Enjoy the scenic view where the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean meets, take surf lessons or challenge yourself on a ropes course. See full itinerary.
By the Sea, By the Bay, By the Stars
Located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island is the gateway to the Assateague Island National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, biking, miles of pristine beaches, and eco-tours. Dine in waterfront restaurants or pack a picnic basket to savor on the sand. See full itinerary.
Here … Everyone is the Outdoors Type
With riverboat cruises, excellent fishing, beaches and canoeing opportunities and national, state and local parks, Prince William is an outdoor lover’s destination within a close proximity to Washington DC. The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is home to over 200 species of birds and 65 species of butterflies. Enjoy excellent fishing at Leesylvania State Park and much more. See full itinerary.
Is “Adventure” Your Middle Name?
Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lynchburg is known as the “City of Seven Hills.” Enjoy scenic biking trails at Blackwater Creek and Liberty Mountain Biking Trails. Canoe, kayak or tube down the James River. Hike the Peaks of Otter for some amazing views or go skiing year-round at the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Center. See full itinerary.
Wander the Waters of Martinsville-Henry County
Trout-filled rivers, quiet lakes and gentle mountains surround this beautiful location that’s full of rich history. Visit trails, historic sites and scenic landscapes. Enjoy a day on the Smith River while floating, canoeing or kayaking. Enjoy the amazing scenery at Philpott Lake then dive in, or hike and bike the many trails around the lake. See full itinerary.