THINGS TO DO
Cranwell Center site http://www.international.vt.edu/life_in_the_us/index.html
Virginia's Home Page ( http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/index.shtml) for information on state parks.
The Street and Davis Performance Hall, within the Moss Arts Center, includes the 1,274-seat Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, three levels of lobbies, and the Grand Staircase. Performances by internationally renowned artists and local artists give performances throughout the year. Special art exhibitions are held all year round. Tickets are discounted for students and sometimes free. See the calendar for dates.
Artists around the globe descend upon Blacksburg to perform for lovers of chamber music. Hear ensembles of duos, trios, quartets, sextets, octets, as well as larger ensembles perform rich classical music from cultures around the world. See Musica Viva! website for dates and purchase of tickets.
Blacksburg Aquatic Center
Indoor swimming pool located beside the Recreation Center on Patrick Henry Drive. Swimming lessons and splash pool for children are available. For information, see the Blacksburg website.
Blue Ridge Parkway
A very popular attraction in southwestern Virginia. The Parkway follows the Appalachian Mountain chain for 355 miles, and features many kinds of wildlife, magnificent scenic views, and brilliant fall foliage. For information, go to http://www.nps.gov/blri/.
Cascades Recreation Area
Two different trails lead up to the picturesque 68-foot(21 meter) Cascades waterfall (4 mile/6.4 km round trip hike). Located off US 460 near Pembroke, about 30 minutes west of Blacksburg. Facilities include restrooms and picnic area. There is a small parking fee. See http://ghs.gilesk12.org/public/cascades/cascades.html.
Claytor Lake State Park
Situated on a 4,500 acre lake, the park features camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, and picnic grounds. Located off I-81, exit 101, near Dublin, about 35 minutes from Blacksburg. There are fees for parking, swimming and camping. See http://www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/claytor.htm.
Hand In Hand Playground
This is a popular place with children, located in the Municipal Park, off Patrick Henry Drive in Blacksburg. Facilities also include picnic shelters, skateboard park, ball fields, and restrooms.
This trail extends from Draper Road in Blacksburg to the New River Valley Mall. The trail is used by bicyclists, walkers, runners, and skaters. See http://www.huckleberrytrail.org/.
This is an 8-acre man-made pond in the Jefferson National Forest. The area features trails and fishing. Located off US 460, about 15 to 20 minutes west of Blacksburg. Day use only.