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Things to do 

Most within a short drive, there are several great attractions and things to do here in beautiful southwest Virginia. So take a look at some of the great things our area has to offer from Biking, Hiking, fishing, indoor activities or just a nice relaxing dinner. For more things to do in our area please visit or contact our friends at Pulaski County Tourism.

New River Trail

New River Trail State Park


The New River Trail State Park is a 57-mile linear park that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way. The park parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles and passes through four counties.

The trail's gentle slope makes it great for visitors of all ages to hike, bike and ride horseback. The park's Foster Falls area offers canoe and bike rentals; boat launches; gift shops; and a horse arena. Fishing is popular from the banks of the New River. The park's Hoover Mountain Biking Area is also popular with those seeking extra adventure.

There are access points to the trail at Allisonia, Draper, Dora Junction (near Pulaski), Foster Falls, and several other locations . Horse trailer parking is available at Allisonia, Dora Junction, Draper.

  • Two tunnels: 135 feet and 193 feet long

  • Three major bridges

  • Nearly 30 smaller bridges and trestles

  • A historic shot tower used more than 200 years ago to make ammunition

  • Appalachian Gem and Gold Mine

    Appalachian Gem and Gold Mine


    Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Try a bucket of pay dirt at the Appalachian Gem and Gold Mine. Directly beside the Cottages at Pine Run, you can walk right over to the mine. There you can go into the general store and buy a few camping supplies and shift through some pay so you can take some beautiful Gems home for your collection. 


    Claytor Lake State Park


    The Claytor Lake State Park is ideal for swimming, hiking and picnicking, Claytor Lake is known for sport fishing and boating. The park has a full-service marina with docking slips, supplies, fuel, boat rentals and refreshments.

    Containing a massive 4,500-acres of lake, and offering visitors a scenic retreat.

    The historic Howe House has interactive exhibits describing the ecology of the lake and the surrounding areas.

    Guests can also rent bikes and enjoy a universally accessible fishing pier, picnic shelters, a seasonal snack bar and playgrounds. There are also two gift shops.

    Appalachian League Baseball
    Pulaski River Turtles


    The Pulaski River Turtles are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Pulaski, Virginia, competing in the Appalachian League. Named after the nearby Pulaski River, the team was established in 2020 and quickly became an integral part of the local sports community.


    With a commitment to fostering talent and providing exciting baseball experiences for fans, the Pulaski River Turtles strive to uphold the rich tradition of the sport while also engaging with the community through various outreach programs and events. Whether it's cheering on the players at historic Calfee Park or participating in community initiatives, the Pulaski River Turtles offer a thrilling and inclusive atmosphere for fans of all ages to enjoy America's pastime.

    Pulaski Ball park
    Bobcats Hockey Team

    Federal Prospects

    Hockey League  Wytheville Bobcats


    The Blue Ridge Bobcats are a professional ice hockey team a part of the Federal Prospects Hockey League based in Wytheville, Virginia. They play at the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center (APEX Center). Their inaugural season is the 2023–2024 season which still has several games to go. We enjoy the atmosphere of the game and the  stadium.

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