Easy Wind Stables offers scenic horseback-riding tutorials inside a sweeping expanse of 15 acres of farmland. Absorb the fundamentals of riding under the expert tutelage of Leah Allen, whose lifelong equine experience ensures a more enriching lesson than instructors informed by contemplating infinity atop carousel stallions. Aspiring equestrians can trot through a 100’x200’ arena bedecked with rubber footing, or gallop along miles of trails that lead to Jefferson National Forest. A fleet of friendly steeds ensures that each rider finds a match based on experience level, personality, and shared hobbies with new four-legged friends.
Watts Roost Vineyard started as a dream—specifically, a retirement dream shared by Barbara and Frank Tuckwiller. In 1998, the married couple made the dream a reality, planting a 9-acre vineyard with thousands of French-hybrid grapevines.
Weeks before each harvest, the Tuckwillers and their staff begin checking the pH and sugar content of their living grapes. When they're satisfied with the measurements, they pluck the grapes and begin the process of fermentation. The result is a roster of reds, whites, and fruit wines that have garnered state, national, and international awards. Visitors can stop by for vineyard tours and wine tastings, shopping for kitchen accessories and gourmet treats if desired.
Founded with a mission of providing the public with an affordable outdoor paintball experience, New River Paintball introduces both enthusiasts and rookies to the sport with equipment rental and event hosting. Expert staffers help customers suit up in rental safety gear, which protect against recreational pellets that fly 285 feet per second, before sending them off to Craig Creek Field. A public field in Blacksburg, Craig Creek Field's knee-high shrubs, tall trees, and invisibility bushes conceal the movements of players while offering ample space for running ambushes. Customers enjoy walk-on warfare or can stage a preplanned event with party packages that equip 10 or more attendees with the arms and ammo needed for hours of celebratory splattering.
Bearded Lady Fly Fishing owner Wesley Hodges and his partner Chris Lalli, both seasoned fishermen, are always at work scouting out new fishing areas and designing custom lures for bait. It's during their guided fishing trips, though, that their expertise shines. Along with a team of expert guides, Chris and Wesley helm half- and full-day trips, as well as lessons, that cover more than 80 miles of sometimes calm, sometimes churning New River and its trout streams. They also explore nearby Whitetop Laurel and Big and Little Stoney. Wading in or casting from the boat, groups ply the rushing waters for smallmouth bass, muskie, and three species of trout.
Horseback riding lessons for ages 4 - 84.
Horse boarding. Complete care including exercise, rehabilitation and grooming services. Facility has arena with great footing and lights as well as many cross country obstacles for training eventers.