New River Junction (NRJ) was our home for 3 weeks. Simply put, the place is beautiful. NRJ is located in the mountains outside of Blacksburg, VA and sits on the banks of the New River. NRJ offers camping, but is also locally known for renting tubes for floating down the river. Located on the line between Montgomery and Giles county, the area is popular for outdoor enthusiasts. During our time there, we went tubing, canoeing, mountain biking, road biking, and hiking. This section of the Appalachian range sits about 2,000′ elevation, which is a far cry from the Rocky Mountains we’re used to. This area is know as the “Blue Ridge Mountains”, which stretches from Georgia to Northern Virginia. Despite the lower elevation mountains, this area was a welcome taste of home for both of us!
When we arrived, the area was experiencing lots of rain. Our first night, we were scrambling around our maps because local news indicated tornados, hail, flooding, and a dam breach in the area. Not something you want to hear when you’re parked next to a river! We had very spotty WiFi and no cell service unless we took a 20 minute drive into Blacksburg, effectively taking us off the grid.
Once the rain cleared up and the river calmed down, we decided to rent a canoe for a day. The river was majestic! After one trip (approximately 1 mile) the NRJ bus picked us up and drove us back to camp. Once we arrived, we decided to attempt another canoe trip, this time with Bojack! He wasn’t as thrilled as we were… but we succeeded getting him on the canoe and completed our first family canoe trip!
Obviously, the time we spent at NRJ was spent outside. The biking and hiking (which will be touched on in later posts) was incredible. I’m honestly surprised (and glad) the area isn’t commercialized. I supposed we are used to the beauty of Vail, CO as an example, to include a large section of development to accommodate the many tourists and locals of the land. At NRJ, we enjoyed the simple life and the natural beauty surrounding us.
We cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed the three weeks spend in Blacksburg and New River Junction. A special thanks Bernie, and the whole NRJ staff for accommodating us for so long. We really had a great time, and your suggestions on nearby hiking and biking were fantastic!
Bobby, Megan, & Bojack