Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Join Blue Ridge Discovery Center and snorkel for native fish, aquatic insects and hellbenders on Whitetop-Laurel Creek. Wetsuits, snorkel masks, and changing tents are provided by BRDC, but you need to bring a swimsuit and towels. We will be snorkeling in 1-3 feet of water with no swimming necessary. Our creeks host an amazing diversity of colorful fish including sculpins, darters, dace, trout, suckers and more. Learn all about the underwater habitat and fish ecology. Ages 6 and up. Limited to 24 participants.
$15/person. Register by August 1.
Meet at Red Caboose to carpool.
Damascus is called the Friendliest Town on the AT. The Appalachian Trail runs through it as does the Virginia Creeper Trail. There are bike shops in town geared to riders. Get to know what makes this small community unique. It is the gateway to Mt. Rogers National Recreational Area with miles of trails, horseback riding, and the tallest mountain in Virginia.
August 2, 2017 – 10:00 to 11:30am
A short walk through Damascus will be led by Bunny Medeiros, author of Friendliest Town on the Trail. How Damascus became a tourist destination will be highlighted, along with reflections on the town’s history.
Meet at the Red Caboose in Town Park as you enter town. (Corner of S. Beaver Dam and Laurel Ave. on Google maps)
For ideas see www.visitdamascus.org. This website has ideas for day hikes, horseback riding, and links to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area website.