Eastern Contental Divide Loop  

Eastern Continental Divide Loop

Beginning in the college town of Blacksburg, the Eastern Continental Divide Loop takes visitors northwest towards the West Virginia border. This loop is so named because sites occur on either side of the Eastern Continental Divide. See clear evidence of the divide in the flow of Craig Creek, whose waters spill into the James River, joining it as the river flows east into Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Neighboring Poverty Creek flows westward, emptying into the New River, which continues to its confluence with the Ohio River, and finally to the Mississippi River. The unique birding opportunities of this area will be of special interest to many nature enthusiasts.

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Sweet Mountain Laurel Loop

Sweet Mountain Laurel Loop

The sites on this loop are located on or near the southern portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. The scenery is breath-taking, and each of these sites offers an unusual glimpse into the beauty of the Blue Ridge. Please be aware that while the Parkway may be closed during winter months, during the rest of the year, this area will overwhelm you with its natural beauty.

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Lower New River Loop
Photo by
R. Abraham


Lower New River Loop

Grab a canoe, or borrow or rent one! How you get a canoe doesn't matter as much as where you take it and the New River is the place. You can drop in the water right in downtown Radford and float through the city on a quiet weekend morning or drive over to Eggleston and drop in just past the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. From there, float down to the Class III rapids at Narrows. Stay afloat long enough and the water will carry you all the way to the Gulf of Mexico! The stretch just past Eggleston is reputed to be one of the most beautiful canoe trips in North America. It's certainly worth the day or two needed to fully explore it!

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