Southwest Virginia Home Educators

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A Little Local "Fun Stuff"

Whether you're new to the area or a life-long resident, there are some places you just can't help but tell people about.  What are your faves?  This is an on-going list of recommended "fun stuff" for our families to enjoy.  Members can email info (to Lisa) & I'll post on here.

 ***Currently under construction as we receive suggestions.***

Peaceful Heart Alpacas  (submitted by Jenny Fox)
A homeschool family run farm with 44 Alpacas, located near mile marker 204 off the Blue Ridge.  Can see and touch the alpacas and have a demo of what can be made from their wool.  FYI:  Owned & operated by group member Sharla Willis & she can be reached at for more info.

Blue Ridge Music Center (submitted by Jenny Fox)
During the summer they offer free concerts from 12-4pm, and there is a gift shop and trails.

Grayson Highlands State Park (submitted by Jenny Fox)
You can hike a mile or less and often see wild ponies grazing.  Keep going and you can scale the highest peak in VA, Mount Rogers (about 8mi round trip).  There are various other trails in the park, and a neat visitors center.

Fairystone State Park (submitted by Jenny Fox)
Nice short trails in shaded woods, and a lake that has neat swimming areas for children of all ages.  There is also a playground and the beach is clean.
Foster Falls location for the New River Trail
Some historical stuff, great playground and picnic area, and more of the NRT, which is great for walking, running, or biking.

Matthews Museum (submitted by Jenny Fox)
Local museum with exhibits about right here. 

Bethabara Park in Winston Salem (submitted by Jenny Fox)
Offers monthly evening concerts during the summer, great place to have a picnic dinner and buy some 25cent ice cream, then play old fashioned games and go on a free hayride.  Offers Apple Festival in the Fall and other events during the year.  Grounds have a walking trail, gift shop, gardens.

The New River Trail (submitted by Susan Gleason & Cynthia Flanagan) just a $2.00 parking fee (unless you have a lifetime membership like we do--it was just over $300 and you get free parking at ALL va state parks and discounts on merchandise and camping.  access at the galax trailhead (caboose) cliffview, fries, buck and byllesby dams, all the way to foster falls!  some areas have no parking fee. 

Cumberland Knob (submitted by Marissa Smith)  It is just the right distance that the whole family can make the hike with no problem and since it has a pretty steep decline into the dark woods, it is shady and cool most of the hike. You will want "creek shoes" as you have to cross the creek several times and depending on water height you could get your feet wet. Take water and a picnic lunch. Has picnic tables & bathrooms. Warning from experience: do not try it if you are 9 months pregnant and out of shape! : )  Location:  Off Blue Ridge Parkway just into NC a few miles.  No fee.

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