5 OUTDOOR ADVENTURE DESTINATIONS IN WYTHEVILLE
You are going to have an unforgettable experience in Wytheville and we promise your trip won’t lack for adventure! Wytheville is fortunate to have a number of local, state, and national parks that offer wonderful outdoor experiences for everyone. Not surprisingly, there is also a wealth of camping, hiking, hunting, and picnicking opportunities.
CRYSTAL SPRINGS RECREATION AREA
Just outside the town limits, you’ll find Crystal Springs Recreation Area, a scenic 1,800- acre area where you can truly get back to nature and camp, bike, hike or picnic. The trails offer a variety of lengths and difficulty, with farmland, forests, and a clear mountain stream serving as a picturesque background.
BIG WALKER LOOKOUT
Wytheville offers many other incredible experiences, starting with a visit to the top of Big Walker Mountain. At an elevation of 3,405 feet, the lookout features an observation tower and a swinging bridge. The oldest and highest private scenic attraction in Virginia is the starting point of the Toland’s Raid Civil War trail that ends in Wytheville. Also of note: the lookout at the top of the mountain is a Virginia Birding trail and offers breathtakingly beautiful views.
THE NEW RIVER
Outdoor recreational opportunities abound in the area which is home to the second oldest river in the world. The New River is a true recreation destination for outdoor enthusiasts who love spending time on or in the water. The dazzling river flows through spectacular mountain scenery and features some of the best fishing around, as well as whitewater rafting, canoeing, boating, camping and more.
BEAGLE RIDGE HERB FARM
No outdoor excursion in Wytheville would be complete without a visit to Beagle Ridge Herb Farm. This 160-acre wooded retreat has more than four miles of nature trails, as well as display gardens and seasonal events. Relax in the gardens and enjoy a cup of herbal tea, learn about herbal crafts and natural lotions and creams or just take in the breathtaking views. You’ll also love Flying Flowers, the name given to the butterflies in the gardens. A walk-through butterfly house allows you to strolls among these gorgeous creatures before you enjoy some Butterfly tea and some delicious lunch.
SHOT TOWER STATE PARK
Historic Shot Tower State Park should also be on your bucket list. The 57-mile trail follows an abandoned railroad bed along the New River and features hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, tubing, kayaking, fishing, camping and picnicking. Visitors to the park can also ascend Shot Tower, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and was built more than 200 years ago.