Fenwick Mines was once an old mining area and is now home to trails and a recreation park. The trail takes you by open pit mines and foundations of old mining structures.
The Fenwick Forest Walk is a 1-mile nature trail. The wetland trail allows you to observe wetlands created by beavers; follow the trail through wetlands and open forests to see a variety of wildlife and vegetation that live in this environment.
The trails are wheelchair accessible. The site has a large picnic shelter, grills, toilets, and a fishing pond. The difficulty of this trail is easy with an elevation of 1,407 ft.
From Roanoke – Take I-581 North towards and take exit 1S to merge on I-81 S towards Salem. Then take Exit 141 and turn left onto VA-419 N. After 0.4 miles, turn right onto VA-311 N. After 19 miles, turn right onto VA-615/Market St. Continue for 5 miles and turn left at SR-611. Next, you will make a right turn onto SR-685 and continue for 1.6 miles. Take a right at Old Jeep Rd, then another right where the road forks. This will bring you to the Fenwick Mines Recreation Area.
The Blue Ridge Soaring Society is a club operation located near New Castle, Virginia in scenic Craig County. The area is surrounded by the Jefferson National Forest, where the Appalachian Trail stretches through the wilderness of Virginia.
The mountain ridges running through the area provide great ridge flights for long cross country flights. When weather conditions permit, wave flights are also possible. The BRSS has a high altitude waiver window, allowing for flights up to 23,000 feet.
Every September, the BRSS hosts the Region 4 South contest. One of the most notable contests was in 1990, when 17 of the 25 pilots completed a 1,000 km task, covering ridges in four states.
Ground facilities include a club house with full kitchen, great room, and dining room. There is a large campground with utility hookups and a shower house. Most social activities are centered around a large, covered picnic pavilion and bonfire ring.
Our club glider fleet includes two L-23 Super Blaniks, two L-33 Blanik Solos, one ASK-21 and a high performance LS-6b. The club’s tow planes are a Call Aire and a 235hp Pawnee. In addition, about 20 privately owned sailplanes are based out of New Castle International Gliderport.
Located 40 minutes from downtown Roanoke in scenic Craig County, Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing is a full-service outdoor adventure center, campground, cabin rentals, 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.
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