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Outdoors

  • March weather chart
  • State parks pump millions into local economy

    It has been decades since locomotives were the lifeblood of commerce in Southwest Virginia, but the route once taken by the Norfolk & Southern railway is still the path of a powerful economic engine.

  • 2019 January Weather Chart
  • 2019 January Weather Chart

    2019 Weather Chart for January

  • Parkway catching up on maintenance after shutdown ends

    Staff Report

    With the federal government shutdown over (at least temporarily) the Blue Ridge Parkway resumed regular winter operations on Monday.

    The National Park Service, which operates the Parkway, reminds visitors to remain patient as staff members assess road conditions on sections that remain closed due to debris and winter weather conditions.

  • Trail system would connect Galax, Roanoke

    Galax, Carroll and Grayson are among more than a dozen Southwest Virginia localities being invited to join an effort to create a new trail system that would connect Galax to Roanoke.

    The idea was originally conceived to connect the Huckleberry Trail in Montgomery County to the Roanoke River Greenway, but organizers recently expanded their vision with a plan to create the Valley to Valley Trail, which that would also incorporate the New River Trail State Park.

  • State park trails closed after bear encounter

    WHITETOP — The trail systems at Grayson Highlands State Park were closed June 16 after an encounter between a black bear and an untethered dog resulted in non life-threatening injuries to the dog’s owner.

    According to Jim Meisner, public relations specialist for the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the incident occurred at 8 a.m. that day. He said a woman was walking along Cabin Creek Trail and the Horse Trail Connector to Massie Gap with her dog.

  • Grayson to connect falls with rec park

    INDEPENDENCE ― Land recently purchased by Grayson County will connect the waterfall property on Powerhouse Road, a popular stop for tourists and locals in Independence, to the Grayson County Recreational Park.

    According to a recent announcement, the county bought around 11 acres of land in Independence, which previously separated the falls from the recreational park, from a private landowner for $160,000.

  • SWVA's $1 billion tourism industry

    Staff Report

    A 56 percent increase in tourism spending in Southwest Virginia since 2004 is highlighted in new report by the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Friends of Southwest Virginia.

    The annual report for 2017 outlines the regional economic impact of the tourism economy and spotlights economic, community and tourism development initiatives, regional marketing and branding.

  • River access closed at Byllesby Dam

    Staff Report

    Appalachian Power will close access to the New River at Byllesby Dam in Carroll County to allow for completion of construction work.

    According to a release from John Shepelwich, media contact for Appalachian Power, the Byllesby portage and public boat ramp on the New River will be closed effective immediately. The closure began on July 19.