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Lace up your hiking boots and grab your water, camera, and sun gear. The Blue Ridge Mountains are home to plenty of hiking trails where you can stretch your legs and get a breath of fresh mountain air. Paths like the Roanoke River Greenway, Mill Mountain, McAfee Knob, and Triple Crown are some great hikes to see the area’s natural beauty. You’ll go further afield to find many of these trails, but there are plenty that keep you close to Huddleston, too.
Bring your bike or rent one and go on an unforgettable journey. There are over 300 miles of singletrack for breathtaking mountain biking excursions along the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. If you’d rather, opt for a more casual road biking ride and head out on the Roanoke Valley Greenway system for some exercise while enjoying the fresh mountain air.
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum
Head to nearby Ferrum to learn more about the Blue Ridge mountains and the surrounding area, including Huddleston. A myriad of rotating exhibits accompanies plenty of permanent exhibits you can enjoy and learn more about your weekend trip destination. There are several virtual and online exhibits as well. Step back in time at the farm museum, which takes visitors back to life on a Blue Ridge farm in the 1800s. The BRIM also hosts the Blue Ridge Music Trails of Virginia, the Southwest Virginia Heritage Guide, and the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, three pathways through the area that give you a taste of Virginia’s folk heritage.
Smith Mountain Lake is a big draw when visiting Huddleston and the surrounding area. See the lake and leave the captain’s duties to someone else. The Virginia Dare offers narrated sightseeing cruises around the lake. The double-decker paddlewheel boat putts around the lake for views of places like the house on a private island, Smith Mountain Lake Dam, a Nantucket-style housing development, Sail Boating Club, three other islands, an antique carousel and more! Make sure to bring your camera to capture all the breathtaking views.
Booker T. Washington Birthplace
Visit a national park without straying too far from Huddleston. The birthplace of Booker T. Washington is just a short drive away. Washington was born a slave in April of 1856 on the Burroughs family plantation. As an adult, he was an educator, author, and African American civil rights leader. Wander through exhibits in the visitor’s center, enjoy a picnic in the picnic area, learn about the role of livestock on a 19th century tobacco farm, and learn gardening techniques. You can also make your way along the ¼-mile Plantation Trail that passes by reconstructions of 19th century farm buildings. Explore open buildings and read from the park brochure about the activities inside each building. You can also choose a longer walk along the 1.5-mile Jack-O-Lantern Branch Heritage Trail that includes the surrounding fields and forests.
Roanoke Pinball Museum
Visit a museum that doesn’t feel like a museum! You’ll see and be able to challenge friends and family to games on machines like “Beach Queens” – a machine dating back to 1960, to The Munsters Premium Edition and Black Knight: Sword of Rage Premium, both from 2019. The museum is open to enjoy Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7:45 p.m. and Sunday 1-5:45 p.m. Two-hour “play sessions” are available from open to close each day, with a 15-minute break between sessions. Total occupancy is currently limited to 35 people per two-hour session.
Best Weekend Getaways in Virginia
Travelers love coming to Huddleston for relaxing weekend vacations in Virginia with loved ones packed full of fun. Make sure you enjoy a stress-free, worry-free stay and book a vacation rental provided by Premier Vacation Rentals Smith Mountain Lake. We have two-bedroom all the way up to four-bedroom units. Take in a fresh breath of mountain air crisp with snow from a private outdoor space like a balcony or patio. Many units include flat screen TVs, beautiful and stylish furnishings, and much more. Make your favorite meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then spread out in an open living area afterward. Retreat to a private bedroom for a good night’s sleep before another day of Huddleston fun. For the best weekend getaways in Virginia, choose a premium unit to include perks like stainless steel appliances, wood floors, and more to make your stay comfortable and memorable for years to come.
Call us today to start planning a fun-filled Huddleston weekend visit!