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ABINGDON, VIRGINIA

Kayaking on the Clinch River and Biking the Virginia Creeper Trail

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Program #20705RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Whitetop Mountain has an elevation of 5520 feet. We will bike down the mountain on a 3% grade.

Equipment Requirements
Mountain bikes and helmets will be provided as part of the program. Participants will need to bring rain gear, good outdoor shoes, and comfortable clothing. Kayaks, Personal Flotation Devices and Paddles will be provided as part of the program. For the kayaking portion participants should bring swimming clothing (preferably not cotton), and closed toes water shoes with a heel strap. Old tennis shoes that may get soaked may be used.

Itinerary for Aug 12 — Aug 17, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Small conference center with modern facilities, each room with a private bath. Located in a scenic, but convenient location to downtown area attractions.

Contact info:
25236 Hillman Highway
Abingdon, VA 24210 USA
phone: 276-676-6180
web: www.sites.ext.vt.edu/4hcenter/southwest/

Room amenities: Air conditioning. Private bath

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Computer lab with access to the internet and wireless capabilities. Communal comfort lobby with television, telephone, and access to games and puzzles. Communal kitchen facility with access to microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. 25 acres of woodland with walking trails. 53 acres of open land for recreation. Fishing pond. Outdoor swimming pool available in season.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $40.00 plus tax.
Reservations for additional nights must be made in advance by calling 276-676-6180

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, August 12 - Registration/Program Orientation
Arrive To: 3:00-5:00 pm arrival and registration to Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Dinner: In dining hall at 4-H Center

Evening: Orientation to biking program. Meet with guide. Get acquainted.

Lodging: Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Small conference center with modern facilities, each room with a private bath. Located in a scenic, but convenient location to downtown area attractions.

Contact info:
25236 Hillman Highway
Abingdon, VA 24210 USA
phone: 276-676-6180
web: www.sites.ext.vt.edu/4hcenter/southwest/

Room amenities: Air conditioning. Private bath

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Computer lab with access to the internet and wireless capabilities. Communal comfort lobby with television, telephone, and access to games and puzzles. Communal kitchen facility with access to microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. 25 acres of woodland with walking trails. 53 acres of open land for recreation. Fishing pond. Outdoor swimming pool available in season.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $40.00 plus tax.
Reservations for additional nights must be made in advance by calling 276-676-6180

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, August 13 - Biking - White Top to Damascus/Overview of Southw...
Breakfast: At 4-H Center dining hall

Morning: 17 miles from Whitetop Mountain (elevation 5520 ft) to Damascus (elevation approx. 2100 ft) on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Downward, Steady grade. Intermediate level biking through national forest on well-groomed trail. *Biking content is flexible and easily adjusted to accommodate the size and interests of the group.*

Lunch: Bagged lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Complete the biking trip ater lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying free time in the area or resting. Optional afternoon biking opportunities may be available.

Dinner: In 4-H Center dining hall

Evening: A historical walking tour of downtown Abingdon provided by a local historian.

Lodging: Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Small conference center with modern facilities, each room with a private bath. Located in a scenic, but convenient location to downtown area attractions.

Contact info:
25236 Hillman Highway
Abingdon, VA 24210 USA
phone: 276-676-6180
web: www.sites.ext.vt.edu/4hcenter/southwest/

Room amenities: Air conditioning. Private bath

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Computer lab with access to the internet and wireless capabilities. Communal comfort lobby with television, telephone, and access to games and puzzles. Communal kitchen facility with access to microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. 25 acres of woodland with walking trails. 53 acres of open land for recreation. Fishing pond. Outdoor swimming pool available in season.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $40.00 plus tax.
Reservations for additional nights must be made in advance by calling 276-676-6180

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, August 14 - Biking - Abingdon to Damascus
Breakfast: In 4-H Center dining hall

Morning: Bike a 14 mile section of the Virginia Creeper Trail from Abingdon to Damascus. Level terrain. Intermediate biking level. *Biking content is flexible and easily adjusted to accommodate the size and interests of the group.*

Lunch: Boxed lunch provided by a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Complete the biking trip after lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying free time in the area or resting. Optional afternoon biking opportunities may be available. Optional trip to the local winery.

Dinner: Dine in 4-H Center dining hall

Evening: Attend a performance at the Barter Theatre, state theater of Virginia

Lodging: Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Small conference center with modern facilities, each room with a private bath. Located in a scenic, but convenient location to downtown area attractions.

Contact info:
25236 Hillman Highway
Abingdon, VA 24210 USA
phone: 276-676-6180
web: www.sites.ext.vt.edu/4hcenter/southwest/

Room amenities: Air conditioning. Private bath

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Computer lab with access to the internet and wireless capabilities. Communal comfort lobby with television, telephone, and access to games and puzzles. Communal kitchen facility with access to microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. 25 acres of woodland with walking trails. 53 acres of open land for recreation. Fishing pond. Outdoor swimming pool available in season.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $40.00 plus tax.
Reservations for additional nights must be made in advance by calling 276-676-6180

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, August 15 - Kayaking - Clinch River
Note: Location of float trip on the Clinch River varies due to the water level at the time of the year. Allow an hour travel time to drop off point.

Breakfast: In 4-H Center dining hall

Morning: Allow an hour travel to the drop off point to meet with the outfitter and naturalist guide to start the kayaking trip.

Lunch: Bagged lunch on the river.

Afternoon: Complete the kayaking trip after lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying free time in the area or resting.

Dinner: In 4-H Center dining hall

Evening: Enjoy a private performance by a local musician or musical group.

Lodging: Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Small conference center with modern facilities, each room with a private bath. Located in a scenic, but convenient location to downtown area attractions.

Contact info:
25236 Hillman Highway
Abingdon, VA 24210 USA
phone: 276-676-6180
web: www.sites.ext.vt.edu/4hcenter/southwest/

Room amenities: Air conditioning. Private bath

Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Computer lab with access to the internet and wireless capabilities. Communal comfort lobby with television, telephone, and access to games and puzzles. Communal kitchen facility with access to microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. 25 acres of woodland with walking trails. 53 acres of open land for recreation. Fishing pond. Outdoor swimming pool available in season.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $40.00 plus tax.
Reservations for additional nights must be made in advance by calling 276-676-6180

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, August 16 - Kayaking - Clinch River
Note: Location of float trip on the Clinch River varies due to the water level at the time of the year. Allow an hour travel time to drop off point.

Breakfast: In 4-H Center dining hall

Morning: Van transportation to the Clinch River. Meet with the Kayaking Outfitter and drive to the drop off area, allow at least an hour travel time. Once there enjoy a nice paddle/float down the river on sit-on-top kayaks. Will stop for educational opportunities along the river.

Lunch: Bagged lunch along the river

Afternoon: Complete the kayaking trip after lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying free time in the area or resting.

Dinner: In the 4-H Center dining hall

Evening: Enjoy a free evening with opportunities to enjoy local activities or festivals. Dependent on what is offered at the time of year.

Lodging: Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Sunday, August 17 - Check-out
Breakfast: In 4-H Center dining hall

Morning: Check-Out

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
9 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances

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