Outdoor Adventures in the Heart of Appalachia
Hike, kayak, canoe, snorkel, tube, pedal or ride an ATV through the heart of the Appalachian Mountains as you learn about Southwest Virginia’s beautiful parks and natural spaces.
Program No. 23530RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Hiking, kayaking and … canorkeling? If you love outdoor learning, this active adventure in Southwest Virginia will keep you engaged all week! Learn about the great outdoors and study preservation efforts in wetlands and state parks, on a gently rushing river, a sparkling lake and a quiet creek. Hike through fields of wildflowers or feel the rush of excitement atop an ATV. Visit Breaks Interstate Park to take in the beauty of its five-mile gorge and keep your eyes peeled for wandering elk. Plus, enjoy traditional Appalachian food with a twist at the hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant!
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to four miles and kayaking. Optional ATV riding.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike, kayak and “canorkel” (a combination of canoeing and snorkeling) through Southwest Virginia’s most beautiful parks and nature areas.
  • Get an up-close-and-personal look at roaming elk as you venture through Breaks Interstate Park, the Grand Canyon of the South.
  • Learn about local preservation efforts as you walk through the wetlands with an expert at Estonoa Learning Center.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Craig Makufka
Craig Makufka is the program director at Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center. Before joining the staff at the 4-H, Craig was an environmental educator at The Alice Ferguson Foundation in Accokeek, Maryland. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University in Pennsylvania and is an avid birder.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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