Virginia is home to some rather spectacular caving opportunities. There are lots of fascinating things to see underground that you won’t see anywhere else. Cave formations known as “pretties” cover the ceiling and floors in many colors and shades. Each cave and cave trip offers a unique experience. These outfitters can help you ready for a spelunking adventure. In addition, many Roanoke Region parks and recreation departments offer caving trips in and outside the area.
RU Outdoors and Outdoor Programs are the outdoor and adventure programming components of Student Recreation and Wellness at Radford University. Our mission is, to provide outdoor adventures, promote healthy self-discovery, and unlock student leadership potential, through challenging and fun outdoor experiences which enhances one’s personal growth and skills while emphasizing a respect and awareness of our natural resources. These experiences include rock climbing, caving, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking, and more. Our trips range from a single day to a weekend and sometimes even multiple week expeditions. Locations of our adventures tend to be all throughout Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and on certain occasions cross the majority of the country. Our organization offers great opportunities to participants attending trips and also to those who take the leadership role. Giving both parties opportunities to develop new skills is what we are all about. On top of all our adventures we offer gear rental for those seeking a little exploration of their own. Check out our website and schedule to see what we have to offer each semester. Our trips are for anyone, regardless of your affiliation to Radford University. Stop by our office and see what Southwest Virginia has to offer!
Venture Out provides fun, safe, and educational outdoor services to Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and the community of Blacksburg.
The organization specializes in exciting outdoor adventures, quality rental gear at unbeatable rates, and valuable resources to help you plan the perfect adventure. Venture Out offers extensive outdoor resources on local, regional, and national recreation opportunities. We have a variety of brochures and books on hiking, backpacking, and camping in the New River Valley including information on all of the Virginia State Parks and National Forest.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.
Located 40 minutes from downtown Roanoke in scenic Craig County, Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing is a full-service outdoor adventure center, summer adventure camp, and retreat center. Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing specializes in creating custom adventure programs for groups ranging from two to 100 people.
Located in Salem, Dixie Caverns is open throughout the year and offers daily, 45-minute tours of its caverns on lighted walkways.
All sites at Dixie Caverns Campground have electric, water, cable TV & sewer; free Wi-Fi is available. There is space available for tents and climate-controlled bath house open during any season.
Natural Bridge is one of the seven natural wonders of the world above ground but also includes caverns.
The Natural Bridge Caverns were discovered just before the turn of the 20th century and opened to the public in 1977. Open seasonally March through November, the caverns tour descends more than 34 stories deep for a magnificent natural display.
While underground, tourists can explore the Natural Bridge Caverns and view their many special features, including cavern structures such as the Colossal Dome room. This room is an enormous dome shaped natural feature that was created over thousands of years. Walking from the dome room, visitors can also see other places while on the 45 minute tour of the Natural Bridge Caverns; be sure to see things like Mirror Lake, the Well Room and the stalactites and stalagmites that grow from the Canyon Room.
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