Outdoor Programs

Enjoy the natural resources of Southwest Virginia by joining Montgomery County Parks and Recreation on an outdoor adventure! We offer programs including raft tours, kayaking, rock climbing, zip line, snow tubing, and more. Find information about our annual Rowdy Dawg mountain bike race, Mountain Trekkers Walking Club, and Kids' Fishing Day.



ReNew the New, our annual river clean up event, is scheduled for Saturday, August 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Whitethorne Boat RampThis is the perfect opportunity to get out in nature and help keep the New River clean for future generations. We provide a BBQ lunch with all the fixings for volunteers. Bring your own water craft or borrow one of our kayaks. Register here


The Fall 2022 calendar will be available late August, with registration opening around mid September. Stay tuned for specific dates.


Download our Summer 2022 calendar.


How to Register

Register online, by phone at (540) 382-6975, or by visiting our office in the Montgomery County Government Center, located at 755 Roanoke Street, Suite 1E, in Christiansburg.



If you have any questions, feel free to call the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation office from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at (540) 382-6975, Option 1.

You may also reach us via email at mcpr@montgomerycountyva.gov.


Summer 2022 Activities

Laurel Bed Lake Kayak Trip - $30

Sa, Aug. 6, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area

We provide full instruction on how to navigate your own sit-on-top kayak in a safe environment on the calm, clear water of Laurel Bed Lake. Lunch is provided lakeside. The deadline to register is July 30.

We will depart from the Montgomery County Government Center at 8 a.m. and return at 5:00 p.m.


Great Road Encampment - Free

Sa - Su, Aug. 6-7, Eastern Montgomery Park

The Great Road was the main thoroughfare going west to the Frontier. It was traveled by the likes of George Washington, Daniel Boone, Andrew Lewis, William Preston, Adam Harman, and the Ingles and Draper Families. This event honors all who passed through the Valleys of Southwest Virginia in the quest for a better life.

Demonstrations include 18th Century Reenactors, The West Virginia Company of Roger's Rangers, a detached military hospital and medicine of the time, flintlock muskets, camp cooking, knife and tomahawk throwing, leather work, blacksmithing, and 18th Century clothing, spinning, and weaving.

This event is held rain or shine. For more information, call Henry Bryant at (540) 380-3469 or email at greatroadencampment@gmail.com

Sponsored by: Montgomery County Parks and Recreation, Fort Vause Outfitters, Great Road Craft Guild, Seams Colonial, Rowe Furniture, and other private donors


Cruising on the Pontoon - $53

Su, Sept. 11, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Claytor Lake

Travel in style on an 18-foot party pontoon with reclining chairs, a diving board, and a water slide. We’ll provide hotdogs on the grill and drinks. Participants are requested to bring a side to share. The deadline to register is September 2.

We will depart from the Montgomery County Government Center at 8:30 a.m. and return around 6:30 p.m.


Drift and Dine on the New - $25

F, Sept. 16, 1 p.m. - 10 p.m., New River

Enjoy a relaxing raft float with class I and II rapids. Afterwards we will dine at The Palisades, a local hotspot for evening entertainment and contemporary cuisine in a countryside setting. Participants are responsible for their meal cost. All equipment is included. The deadline to register is September 9.

We will depart from the Montgomery County Government Center at 1 p.m. and return around 10 p.m.




Montgomery County
Government Center
755 Roanoke St., Ste. 1E
Christiansburg, VA 24073

Phone: (540) 382-6975
Fax: (540) 382-4596
email | directions

Hours: Mon.-Fri.,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.