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PEMBROKE, VIRGINIA

One River, Countless Memories: A Great Outdoors Adventure on the New River

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Program #17685RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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
The Mountain Lake Conservancy is located at 3,800 feet in the Appalachian Mountains

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy river shoes (preferably mesh water shoes with good tread or strappy sandals such as Chacos, Keens or Tevas), sturdy hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, quick-dry clothing, rain gear, small backpack to hike with boxed lunch, dry bag or large ziplock baggie if bringing personal items on water, nature guides, binoculars, water bottles and/or travel mug, hiking poles, insect repellent, and anything else to make your stay more comfortable. Nights can be cooler than the surrounding valleys.

Itinerary for Aug 18 — Aug 23, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms and cabins, added new recreational activities including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course and Kids KAMP, and increased our special events! Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; Libbie's artisan and gift shop, and Conservancy Cove nature center located within Mountain Lake Outfitters.

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

Additional nights before: Starting at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 18 - Arrival to Mountain Lake. Wine and cheese recepti...
Arrival to Mountain Lake. Wine and cheese reception before dinner to meet and greet fellow participants.

Afternoon: 4:00 pm Program check-in at hotel library 5:00-6:00 Wine and cheese mixer on the hotel veranda to welcome and mingle with fellow Road Scholars.

Dinner: 6:15 pm - Enjoy a tasty and healthy Appalachian dinner in the new Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:45 pm - Gather for a brief orientation to the week's activities, and learn more your program leaders and fellow Road Scholars.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms and cabins, added new recreational activities including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course and Kids KAMP, and increased our special events! Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; Libbie's artisan and gift shop, and Conservancy Cove nature center located within Mountain Lake Outfitters.

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

Additional nights before: Starting at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 19 - Learn the basics of rafting on a stunningly beaut...
Learn the basics of rafting on a stunningly beautiful section of the New River. Enjoy learning about the history of the New River during an evening presentation.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Enjoy breakfast in the Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 am - Depart for Tangent Outfitters in Pembroke, just a 15 minute drive. Float 10 miles along the New River and learn the basics of rafting with expert river guides from Tangent Outfitters. This day's section from Pembroke to Bluff City introduces class I-III rapids in addition to many calm stretches of water. Get a feel for the river this first day, relax and enjoy stories of history, flora and fauna with your guide.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the riverside. Try out stand-up paddle boarding or take a swim in the calm water.

Afternoon: Rafting continued along with the opportunity for some river swimming.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in the Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Evening presentation by local geologist on the Geological History of the New River Valley and surrounding Appalachian Mountains.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms and cabins, added new recreational activities including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course and Kids KAMP, and increased our special events! Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; Libbie's artisan and gift shop, and Conservancy Cove nature center located within Mountain Lake Outfitters.

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

Additional nights before: Starting at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 20 - Basics of kayaking along the New River. Kayaks ar...
Basics of kayaking along the New River. Kayaks are single and sit-on-top river kayaks; tandem available upon request (please contact program provider with request in advance). Sunset hike to an overlook in the evening.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Breakfast in the Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 am - Depart for Tangent Outfitters, 15 minute drive. Learn the basics of kayaking with expert guides. You will learn different paddle strokes, boat maneuvering, and how to tackle class 1-2 rapids with your boat along this 7 mile stretch of the New River from Eggleston to Pembroke.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the riverside. Enjoy a moment to swim in the calm water.

Afternoon: Kayaking continued along the gorgeous bluffs and curves of the river.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in the Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:15 pm - Depart for the Appalachian Trail for a sunset Hike to Wind Rock, 10-minute drive along the ridge from the Lodge. Hike is uphill but relatively easy, and only one-third of a mile in distance one-way.

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms and cabins, added new recreational activities including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course and Kids KAMP, and increased our special events! Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; Libbie's artisan and gift shop, and Conservancy Cove nature center located within Mountain Lake Outfitters.

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

Additional nights before: Starting at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 21 - Hike 4 miles round-trip to the 66-foot Cascades w...
Hike 4 miles round-trip to the 66-foot Cascades waterfall at the base of the mountain, the most popular waterfall in Southwest Virginia. Gather for a bonfire, s'mores and an informal jam with local traditional Appalachian musicians in the evening.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Breakfast in the Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 am - Travel down to the Cascades Trailhead in Pembroke, a 20 minute drive from Mountain Lake. Walk with naturalists along Little Stony Creek for 2 miles on rocky, uneven, varied terrain till you reach the awesome 66-foot, Cascades waterfall.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at the waterfall. Swimming is optional, the water is very chilly!

Afternoon: Hike 2 miles downhill on a fire road to trail head parking lot and shuttle back to Mountain Lake.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in the Harvest Restaurant. Save room for dessert at the bonfire!

Evening: 7:30 pm - Relax by the outdoor bonfire and enjoy an informal jam session with local musicians sharing traditional Appalachian song and history. True to camp tradition, s'mores provided!

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover the ultimate outdoor retreat in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and the center of a 2,600 acre nature preserve. This winter, Mountain Lake completed renovation of many of our guestrooms and cabins, added new recreational activities including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course and Kids KAMP, and increased our special events! Mountain Lake Lodge is the ideal place for families, friends, couples and groups to recreate and relax amidst nature’s bounty. Arrive to an unhurried pace in a place faithful to the outdoors, where friendly service prevails. Please visit www.MtnLakeLodge.com for more information!

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MtnLakeLodge.com

Room amenities: Newly renovated rooms! Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are equipped with hairdryer and basic commodities. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Stony Creek Tavern and Lounge; Mountain Lake Outfitters with equipment rentals, retail and daily guided activities; New Treetops Aerial Adventure Course at Salt Pond Stables; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); Over 20 miles of multi-use trails; canoeing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; Libbie's artisan and gift shop, and Conservancy Cove nature center located within Mountain Lake Outfitters.

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

Additional nights before: Starting at $99
Price varies with season and holidays. A variety of lodge and cottage accommodations are available.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 22 - Whitewater rafting the Lower New section of the N...
Whitewater rafting the Lower New section of the New River Gorge. Gourmet buffet dinner at Smokies Restaurant, Adventures on the Gorge facility.

Breakfast: 7:00 am - Quick continental breakfast "on-the-go".

Morning: 7:15 am - Shuttle (2 hours) to the New River Gorge in WV. Join Class VI Whitewater Company for a thrilling whitewater rafting trip down the New River Gorge. You will drift into the 1,300 foot deep canyon, and pass old mining towns, ferry sites, and coal camps. Experienced guides will share the history and geology of the gorge. Dependent upon water level, participants will experience Class I to Class V rapids during this 5-hour excursion. (No experience necessary)

Lunch: Delicious deli-style lunch along the river.

Afternoon: Rafting continued. Float under the New River Gorge Bridge, the Western hemisphere's longest single arch bridge!

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Some free time to explore overlooks and shops or relax and enjoy the view. Dinner at Smokies on the Gorge at Class VI River Company.

Evening: 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Shuttle back to Mountain Lake (2-hour drive). Upon arrival, relax and enjoy the hot-tub, you earned it!

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 23 - Program wrap-up, graduation, and a picture slides...
Program wrap-up, graduation, and a picture slideshow. After check out, enjoy lunch with the group in Harvest Restaurant.

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Breakfast in the Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 9:00 am - Wrap up session, graduation and picture slide show!

Morning: 11:00 am - Check-out time for the Mountain Lake Lodge.

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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