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Stream Discovery

July 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
White’s Mill, 12314 White's Mill Road
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Date:
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Join the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable volunteers as they demonstrate how to catch and identify microinvertebrates, the tiny creatures that live in healthy streams. Find out more in this interesting, interactive, family- and teacher- friendly event. Register by Thursday, July 28, by calling 276-628-1600.

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Creeper Trail Ride with the Legend

July 30, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Virginia Creeper Trailhead, 300 Green Spring Road
Abingdon, VA 24211 United States
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Event Date:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ride with the Legend gives bikers a chance to experience the beauty of the Virginia Creeper Trail, guided by ‘The Legend’ Lawrence Dye, an 84-year-old Trail Ambassador who has logged more than 190,600 miles of biking on the region’s finest rails-to-trails landmark. Sponsored by the Virginia Creeper Trail Club, the ride begins at the Abingdon Trailhead and then proceeds through Damascus to Whitetop Station and back. Participants should bring their own bikes (or rent one in Abingdon or Damascus), as well as weather-appropriate clothing, water, food, and a tire-repair kit, if desired.

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Tubing on the Clinch

July 30, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Clinch River Adventures, 16642 Riverside Dr.
St. Paul, VA 24283 United States
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Event Date:
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Enjoy river fun on one of the most pristine and bio-diverse rivers in America. A two-hour float is provided by Clinch River Adventures in downtown St. Paul, Virginia (about 45 minutes from Abingdon). Call (276) 275-4154 for reservations, which are required. The VHF group rate is $10 for all-day rental of equipment and shuttle service. See Clinch River Adventures website (www.clinchriveradventures.com) for details and directions.

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Tour of Abingdon Vineyard and Winery

July 31, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Abingdon Winery, 20308 Alvarado Road
Abingdon, VA 24211 United States
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Event Date:
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Enjoy a relaxing, friendly tour of the Abingdon Vineyard and Winery, 20539 Alvarado Road. First, walk about 1.5 miles through the scenic vineyard and learn about some of the different grape varietals. Then, tour the winery production facilities and sample wine in their comfortable tasting room, which opens at noon. Bring a picnic lunch to eat in the park-like setting, and choose a glass or bottle of locally grown wine to pair with it.

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Mushroom Hike

August 2, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Lowe’s, 24500 Falcon Place Blvd
Abingdon, 24211 United States
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Event Date:
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Search for and learn characteristics (edible, non-edible) of mushrooms with Ken Crouse, a longtime member of the North American Mycological Association, a co-founder of the Blue Ridge Mushroom Club, and a naturalist guide at the Blue Ridge Discovery Center. Join a caravan at Lowe's at Exit 19 at 9 am to drive to the Straight Branch parking area of the Virginia Creeper Trail on Hwy. 58.

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American Chestnut Walk

August 2, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Veteran’s Memorial Park, Cook Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Date:
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 4:00 to 5:00pm
Did you know Abingdon has a grove of American chestnut trees? Learn the history of the blight that drove the majestic chestnut trees to near extinction and of the efforts to restore them in this not-to-be-missed walking tour. Volunteers have planted blight resistant trees bred by the American Chestnut Foundation. The tour begins at the parking lot off Cook Street and proceeds to the trees near the Bronze Ribbon Monument.

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Mushroom Talk

August 2, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Date:
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 7:00 to 8:00pm
Ken Crouse, a co-founder of the Blue Ridge Mushroom Club, invites you to discover something new about an essential part of the ecological ecosystem that you may be taking for granted: the mushroom. There is great fungal diversity in our region, and this expert will help you understand and appreciate fungi, and learn important identification techniques. Event is in the Executive Auditorium of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
Also, join us at 9 am for the Mushroom Hike.

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Day in Alvarado

August 3, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Date:
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Alvarado Station was a Virginia Creeper train stop a hundred years ago, halfway between Abingdon and Damascus. Today it is perhaps best known as the location of the Abingdon Winery. Its setting close to the merging of the Middle and South Forks of the Holston River makes it one of the most beautiful stretches of the Virginia Creeper Trail. In addition, walkers on the trail often wonder about the treehouses perched above the trail.
Carpool from Lowe's near Exit 19 at 9 am (Garden Center end of Lowe's and immediate parking area off Falcon Blvd.) to drive to Alvarado. Historian and naturalist Randy Smith will talk about the history of the Virginia Creeper train and Alvarado Station. The group will tour the treehouses overlooking the Virginia Creeper Trail and walk to S. Holston Lake where Smith will talk about the creation of the TVA lakes. Abingdon Winery will provide a tasting of their wines. Return to Abingdon around 3 pm. There is a charge for the event. Cut-off date for signing up is August 1.

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Hikes to the Great Channels

August 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until August 6, 2016

Hayters Gap Community Center, 7720 Hayters Gap Road
Saltville, VA 24370 United States
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Event Dates:
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Explore one of the most distinctive and beautiful hikes in Virginia! The Great Channels is a unique geologic formation composed of a network of deep sandstone crevices at the top of Clinch Mountain. Participants will also see high-elevations forest communities and learn about the geology and ecology of the area, on this stunning, moderately-strenuous, 6-mile roundtrip hike.
Hikes are limited to 20 people each, and reservations are required. UPDATE: Both Hikes are full. If you did not make a reservation, we are very sorry, but you will need to check back next year for this event. Thank you!

The group will meet at Hayters Gap Community Center.

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Bird Walk

August 6, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Virginia Creeper Trailhead, 300 Green Spring Road
Abingdon, VA 24211 United States
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Event Date:
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 7:30am to 9:00am
Enjoy birdwatching on a whole new level and join birder Randy Smith as he leads a two-mile walk on the Virginia Creeper Trail. The group will seek to identify the many species of birds present in the variable habitats along the trail as well as talk about ways to attract birds to your property. Bring binoculars, water, and a field guide, and involve your whole family in the joys of birdwatching!

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Hikes to the Great Channels

August 6, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until August 6, 2016

Hayters Gap Community Center, 7720 Hayters Gap Road
Saltville, VA 24370 United States
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Event Dates:
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Explore one of the most distinctive and beautiful hikes in Virginia! The Great Channels is a unique geologic formation composed of a network of deep sandstone crevices at the top of Clinch Mountain. Participants will also see high-elevations forest communities and learn about the geology and ecology of the area, on this stunning, moderately-strenuous, 6-mile roundtrip hike.
Hikes are limited to 20 people each, and reservations are required. UPDATE: Both Hikes are full. If you did not make a reservation, we are very sorry, but you will need to check back next year for this event. Thank you!

The group will meet at Hayters Gap Community Center.

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Kayaking

August 6, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Adventure Mendota, 4457 Swinging Bridge Road
Mendota, 24270 United States
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Event Date:
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 9:30am to 6:00pm
Get off the grid and get into the river! Visit Adventure Mendota for a kayak trip on the North Fork of the Holston River in Mendota, Virginia (about 35 minutes from Abingdon). Outfitted with a kayak, paddle and a personal flotation device, you will take a five-mile river trip with breathtaking scenery.
Virginia Highlands Festival attendees enjoy a group rate of $30 per kayak. Guests must be agile enough to get in and out of a kayak and to climb up and down the riverbank. During low water conditions, it may also be necessary to get out of the kayak and pull it a few yards. All guests must have footwear appropriate for the river -- no flip flops.
Launch times are 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Guests must arrive 30 minutes early.

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St. Paul Coal Heritage Tour


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August 7, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every year that begins at 9:00am on of [month], repeating until October 1, 2016

St. Paul, VA United States + Google Map

Event Dates:
Sunday, August 7, 2016 – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
The Coal Heritage Tour takes you through St. Paul on the Clinch River to Breaks Interstate Park, the Grand Canyon of the South. Enjoy the scenic beauty, storytelling, history, culture, arts, photo ops, and more on this fascinating bus tour. Travel through the mountains of SWVA to hear stories of life in the coalfields. $35/person, lunch included. To reserve your seat, call (276) 395-0685.

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Edible Plants Walk

August 7, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Settlers Museum of Southwest Virginia, 1322 Rocky Hollow Rd
Atkins , VA 24311 United States
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Event Date:
Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 1:00 to 3:00pm
Can’t beat the weeds? Then eat the weeds! Join Carrie Sparks for an easy one-mile walk along the birding trail at the Settlers Museum of Southwest Virginia to discover over 30 common plants that can be used for food, tea, or medicine. Several “wild” food items and drinks will be prepared for you to sample. Bring a snack, drink, and perhaps a camera. Walk is limited to 15 participants. Settlers Museum (2 miles south of Hwy. 11) is located at 1322 Rocky Hollow Road Atkins, VA.

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St. Paul Coal Heritage Tour


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October 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every year that begins at 9:00am on of [month], repeating until October 1, 2016

St. Paul, VA United States + Google Map

Event Dates:
Sunday, August 7, 2016 – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
The Coal Heritage Tour takes you through St. Paul on the Clinch River to Breaks Interstate Park, the Grand Canyon of the South. Enjoy the scenic beauty, storytelling, history, culture, arts, photo ops, and more on this fascinating bus tour. Travel through the mountains of SWVA to hear stories of life in the coalfields. $35/person, lunch included. To reserve your seat, call (276) 395-0685.

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