• Nice day for a hike

    A hike to view blooming rhododendron, mountain laurel and the flame azalea will begin at 9:30 a.m. June 4.The event is co-sponsored by Blue Ridge Discovery Center and the Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club. Hike leaders are Anne Maio, president of the trail club, and Carol Broderson, a Discover Center guide. Expect a moderately strenuous hike of up to five miles on the Appalachian Trail.  For more information, including where to meet, contact Carol Broderson at carol@ls.net or (276) 773-3513 before 7 p.m. Early morning phone calls are accepted.

  • Grayson Highlands State Park activities for May 27-29

    Friday, May 27, 8-9 p.m.   75th Anniversary Welcome Campfire 
Location: Campground Amphitheater 
Have questions about the park? Want to visit with your fellow campers? Join us at the Amphitheater for a warm campfire and a slideshow that highlights our most popular attractions such as the Wild Ponies. 

    Saturday, May 28, 8-10 p.m.   Stories and Songs from the Mountain 
Location: Park Amphitheater 
Ellie and Rould Kirby will play, sing and tell stories of old from the good ole days. Enjoy a great evening for the whole family. 

  • Bringing home that gobbler safely

    The Commonwealth is home to a strong population of wild turkeys and many enthusiastic turkey hunters. Spring Gobbler Season runs through May 14 this year in Virginia.
    The sharp eyesight and acute hearing of wild turkeys make them challenging game for hunters to pursue. Taking one of these wily birds requires patience, accurate shooting and lots of turkey know-how. Part of the lure of turkey hunting is the strategy hunters must use to outwit them. Before heading into the woods turkey hunters need to take extra preparation time to improve their chances of taking a gobbler.

  • Tubing trip planned

    GALAX -- A winter snow tubing trip is set for Saturday, Feb. 26 to Winterplace Ski Resort, W.Va.
    The trip leaves the Galax Recreation Center at 7 a.m. and will return at approximately 3:30 p.m.
    The trip is open to ages 11-14 and limited to the first 10 participants to sign up and pay their fee of $30, which includes tube rental and lift, and transportation.
    Deadline is Feb. 4.  

  • Boating safety class

    GALAX -- A boating safety and education certification course will be held Saturday, Feb. 19 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Galax Recreation Center.
    The course is required by the new Virginia boating education law and the Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries to operate any boat or personal watercraft.
    Registration deadline is Feb. 14.
    Participants must attend entire session and pass exam to satisfy the new Virginia Boating Education Law.
    Cost is $5, non-refundable, to cover class expense.
    For more information call 236-3218.

  • Winter Wonderland

    Despite the heavy snowfall, the Independence Christmas parade was held last Saturday afternoon along Main Street. Few people actually stood outside to watch the parade but several stayed inside their cars. Santa Claus made an appearance, along with six miniature ponies. Independence Town Officer Ron Houk found a special hat to wear while he directed traffic.

  • New Web site features outdoor planning tips

    RICHMOND – A new Web site featuring Virginia parks and outdoor recreation will make planning for weekend get-aways easier and more fun, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech  said in a press release.
    The site, www.Virginiaoutdoors.com, features the best of Virginia’s outdoors.
    The Virginia Outdoors site uses rich content provided by the partners to make outdoor recreation trip planning fun and easy, according to a press release.