Extra-curricular activities are designed to provide opportunities for students to experience the American culture more fully and intentionally.
The Blacksburg Farmers Market is a local, family-friendly gathering place in downtown Blacksburg featuring farmers of locally grown produce and meats, alongside artisans of baked goods and handmade crafts.
Steppin' Out features two days of over 200 artists and crafts people from around the United States selling unique handcrafted items – jewelry, pottery, textiles, metal work, basketry, stained & fused glass, yard art, fine art, furniture, toys, artisan foods and so much more! And don't forget to check out the local merchants, restuarants, and bands late in to the night.
The Floyd Country Store has become a traditional gathering place on Friday nights for musicians, dancers, and visitors from all over the world. The Friday Night Jamboree is an outstanding and authentic experience shared by old-timers and new visitors alike.
Many of those who attend the Jamboree are regulars, and for them, the Jamboree is a place to see old friends week after week. But the Jamboree also gets visitors every week from all across the country, and very frequently from around the world.
This unique experience has been featured in many state and national newspapers including the New York Times, The Washington Post, and Britain’s Daily Mail. Country Living magazine identified the Floyd County Store as one of the two best places in the country to hear bluegrass music.
Glade Road Growing is owned and graciously allowed use by Pat Bixler of Baseline Solar in Blacksburg. The farm is in a conservation easement with the New River Land Trust to assure it remains as open space. The land has historically been pasture for decades and originally had a small home orchard up to the 1960’s with apples and cherries. The majority of farm is now used for pastured chickens and to rotationally graze beef cattle, pigs, and goats.
Sharing in the bounty of the farm is Rising Silo Brewery, with a purpose to create fermented beverages from the best ingredients, overflowing with thought and authenticity in taste. Not only does the brewery utilize on-site well water, but they use green energy through the power a 6k array of solar panels, as well as a solar hot water system for efficient hot water, allowing them to brew more efficiently with a lighter conscience and cost of energy.
Their year-round brews include a diverse selection of ales and stouts, dotted with seasonal brews as well as homemade kombucha and ginger beer; they also have ongoing events centered around community and music.
The New River, part of the Ohio River watershed, is about 360 mi (515 km) long and is one of the five oldest rivers in the world geologically. The river flows through the U.S. states of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia before joining with the Gauley River to form the Kanawha River at the town of Gauley Bridge, WV.
Via the New River Junction, a lazy inner tube drift down a mile of this pristine river cupped in a tree-lined mountain valley provides the perfect escape from a hot summer day.
This highly scenic, 4-mile round-trip trail meanders along a shaded mountain creek to a 66-foot waterfall within Jefferson National Forest. Cascades Falls is low to moderate difficulty and native trout fishing is available in the Little Stony Creek.
There is a picnicking area, water hydrant for filling water bottles, and accessible restrooms at the beginning of the trail.
As one of the most photographed spots on the Appalachian Trail, McAfee Knob in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is on the bucket list for hikers from around the world. The knob is located atop Catawba Mountain with an elevation of 3,197 feet and is one of the highlights of the Appalachian Trail.
With its stunning, 270-degree panoramic views of the surrounding valley and mountains, along with its signature ledge that has become a popular place for photos, McAfee Knob should be included in any trip that includes hiking in Virginia's Blue Ridge., as well as being recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the most spectacular hikes in the United States!
After working up an appetite on the mountain, a local favorite, The Homeplace, is a great way to end the day; they serve a menu of regional southern dishes, family-style, in a home built in 1907.