Our area offers a host of outdoor adventures with 37 miles of the historic New River and over 100 miles of hiking trails. In order to help you find your next exploration, we've compiled a list of area activities located within a one-hour drive of Walker Creek Retreat. As you can see, there is a lot to do and see (& eat) while enjoying your visit. There is also a 'To Do' notebook in each cabin so you can peruse the list during your stay (once you've read the top suggestions from past guests in our guest book). We hope you have a wonderful time experiencing everything the New River Valley has to offer!
The Palisades Restaurant
Eggleston, VA (6 Miles)
A great contemporary restaurant located on the banks of the New River.
Floyd, VA (1 hour 15 minutes)
A casual yet refined winery and fine dining restaurant on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the spunky Town of Floyd.
The Swinging Bridge Restaurant
Paint Bank, VA (50 minutes)
Wind your way to The General Store, Tingler's Mill, Potts and Johns Creeks, and trout feeding pond (no fishing) located on an operating buffalo farm.
Hiking & Parks
The Appalachian Trail
Pearisburg, VA (5 Minutes)
Over 1,200 hikers ascend into Pearisburg each spring while hiking the AT. Angel's Rest, a popular landmark on the AT sits on the top of Pearis Mountain and the trail-head is just minutes away.
Jefferson National Forest
One of the most popular hikes in the area is known simply as The Cascades, a 2-mile hike up to a 66-foot waterfall. Other frequented trails in the Eastern Divide Ranger District are Dismal Falls, Dragon's Tooth, Glen Alton, Pandapas Pond, and War Spur Loop.
New River Valley Birding Trail
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has various Birding and Wildlife trails in the area that are diverse throughout the season.
Claytor Lake State Park
Dublin, VA (30 Minutes)
Ideal for swimming, camping, 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. 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.
Pipestream Resort State Park
Pipestream, WV (1 hour)
A wonderful WV state park offering a wide range of outdoor activities including golfing, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.
New River Trail State Park
Max Meadows, VA (1 hour)
New River Trail 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 and the city of Galax. 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 guided horseback trips; canoe and bike rentals; boat launches; gift shops; and a horse arena. Fishing is popular, and primitive campsites dot the trail.
New River Activities
New River Outdoor Co.
The New River's top guide service for trophy smallmouth bass & musky. Book your trip before you arrive in order to get the date you wish! NROC also offers kayak rentals for Walker Creek Retreat guests to use at our cabins. NROC also provides complimentary tubes for our cabin guests (also for use in the creek in front of our cabins).
New River Water Trail
Giles County, VA (5-20 Minutes)
Trip descriptions, maps, and other information for the New River in Giles County, home of Walker Creek Retreat. The county boasts 37 miles of New River with 9 public boat landings.
Ghent, WV (45 Minutes)
Skiing & Snowboarding just up I-77 into West Virginia. Great for beginners, groups, and families. Also offers West Virginia's Largest Snowtubing park
Blacksburg, VA (40 Minutes)
Home of the Hokies. Short commute (opposite of the heavy traffic) for VT football games, homecoming, special events, and graduation for families and groups.
Radford, VA (40 Minutes)
Home of the Highlanders. A short jaunt for graduation and Parents' Weekends.
Other Local Conveniences
Pembroke Stop 'n Save
Pembroke, VA (10 minutes)
Located on Route 460 between Pembroke & Pearisburg. They have all of your hunting and fishing tackle needs, including licenses. They also have a full service deli, fuel, propane and other conveniences.
J & J Grocery
Pearisburg, VA (5-10 minutes)
Located on Route 100 just south of Pearisburg and very near our cabin retreat, J & J is one of the most convenient meeting places for our cabin guests who are also doing a Guided Fishing Trip with us. They have a full service deli (breakfast, lunch & dinner), kerosene, and is a quick stop when you've forgotten that one item.
Bold Springs Vet & Kennel
Pearisburg, VA (8 minutes from cabins)
Located just 5 miles from our cabin, Bold Springs has just opened their brand new boarding facility for those who just can't leave Fido at home. Their convenient location allows you to pick up your fur-baby for a hike and then leave him in good hands when you retire to your cabin.