Whether you love to hike or to learn more about nature from an auditorium seat, the 70th annual Virginia Highlands Festival has an Outdoors event for you. The whole family can wade in a creek to discover the diverse life within our streams or see owls hoot at dusk. There’s an outdoor adventure for everyone at this year’s Festival.
“Those of us who live in this area know what treasures the Appalachian Trail, the Virginia Creeper Trail, and the Mt. Rogers Recreation Area are, as well as Damascus and the Channels State Forest. We try to share the ‘hidden treasures’ of these places with our Festival visitors,” said Outdoors Chair Merry Jennings.
Bike the beauty of the Virginia Creeper Trail. Take a stroll through a local vineyard and winery. Hike on the Appalachian Trail with the Mount Rogers AT Club, or to the Channels to see unique geologic formations or the Cleveland Barrens Natural Area Preserves to see plants more commonly found on the prairies. Search for mushrooms when they are at the peak of their fruiting with mycologist Rebecca Rader.
To download a PDF version of our Outdoor Events brochure, click here.
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Our guides are passionate about what they do, whether it’s mushrooms, or chestnut trees, or edible plants, or whatever; I think that’s the secret to our success.” – Merry Jennings