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    8 Virginia ATV Destinations

    by Casey | Posted on July 15th, 2013

    Whether you own an ATV or have yet to experience the exhilaration of navigating an All-Terrain Vehicle along trails with mud, fallen branches, tree roots or whoops sections. Virginia has places for you to ride and outfitters to get you started.

    South Pedlar

    South Pedlar

    Novice Riders

    The illustrious Primland Resort is an upscale mountaintop reprieve in Meadows of Dan that happens to offer guided ATV tours through portions of their 12,000 acres. Learn to ride an ATV or two-person side-by-side with the comfort of knowing help is with you on the trail. While you may bring your own ATV, you may not ride without a guide. Reservations are required to tour. Inquire about an overnight stay.

    Appalachian Adventures in Luray offers ATV rentals for use on their private trails. Basic instruction is provided for those learning to ride. One and two-hour expeditions available. Inquire about an ATV Getaway with lodging included.

    Experienced Riders

    If you know what you’re doing, there’s no need for a guide. Hit these trails and parks with a group of friends or family for a day of fun.

    Big Boys Playground in Harrisonburg is a supervised environment; get help if you need it. The park is open to anything with two or four wheels, basically. Motorcross, trucks, ATVs … come one, come all, get dirty. A couple of renowned mud holes will challenge all vehicles, even the big ones. Riders will also find a rock course and trails to conquer. Open year ’round with no special permit required. Nominal fee.

    Moto Cove Offroading is a park in Gore that offers four one-way trails that vary in length and difficulty. A beginner trail is a 1.8-mile loop while the most advanced riders might try their wheels on the 22-mile loop. Riding is available from 8 a.m. until dark. No special permit required. Nominal fee. Adjacent camping available, but ATVs are not permitted within.

    Spearhead Trail is a brand new trail system that just opened its first trail this summer in Saint Paul. Mountain View Trail offers one picturesque view after another along 75 miles that entice all skill levels. Trail permits are required. Expect to see the next trail of this system – Pocahontas – to open this fall or winter. A total of 500 miles will be accessible by the end of 2015.

    Spearhead Trail

    Spearhead Trail

    Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap OHV System offers 40 miles of trails.  Five trailheads from the Edinburg vicinity on the west side of Massanutten Mountain give you options on where to unload and get going. The Edinburg Gap trailhead has a restroom. OHV stands for Off-Highway Vehicles and includes four-wheel drive vehicles (trucks, jeeps, etc.), motorcycles, motorbikes, and ATVs. A permit is required.

    South Pedlar ATV Trails is a looping network 19 miles long specifically designed for recreational ATVing in Amherst County. Open April through November. A permit is required.

    Slades Park is located in Surry and offers twelve miles of trails across 300 acres. A pee wee track is available for kids and beginners. Full hook-up camping sites are available. Nominal fee.

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    5 Cool Exhibits to Help You Beat the Heat

    by Casey | Posted on July 15th, 2013

    When the temps climb higher, head for a fantastic new exhibit at a Virginia museum. They’re perfect destinations to beat the heat.

    Recently I had the pleasure of visiting and toying around the new Boost! exhibit at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond. Boost! is a test for all of us. A test of mental, physical, and even musical abilities.

    Upon entering Boost!, you’ll receive a small card with a QR code on it. Scan this card at each testing station. Your results will be saved so you can come back at a later date to challenge yourself. QR codes aren’t techie enough for you? Take it up a notch with the Boost! iPhone/iPod/iPad app. The app will store up to 10 codes so families can save their experiences on one device. The app also enhances the exhibit experience with additional information.

    There are many incredible stations inside Boost!, including a full scale kitchen where museum chefs whip up something tasty while breaking down the science of what we eat and how it affects us. Happiness is … asks you to choose between pairs of wonderful things until you narrow it down to the one thing that makes you happy. In the end, you’re left with what looks like a sports bracket with a happiness champion.

    Boost! labs will keep you occupied for hours, if you have hours to spend. Try your Vertical Leap, vocal capabilities (yes – Hit That Note!), balance, Reaction Time, and my favorite – musical ability. Three large screens allow several people to control various percussion instruments to craft an awesome, original piece of music. See the Vine clip below for a demonstration of More Cowbell.

    Visit the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond daily. Boost! is the museum’s first permanent exhibit in a decade. Explore Boost! and the rest of the museum for $11 per person ($1 discount for ages 4-12 and 60+). Add Flight of the Butterflies, Hubble or Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk IMAX films for an additional $9 each.

    More Museum Fun to LOVE

    Mindbender Mansion is an eclectic place full of brainteasers and interactive challenges. Find this new exhibit through September 2 at the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton. Mindbender Mansion is included in your admission or $11.50/adult, $9.50/child aged 3-18 and $10.50/senior 65+ and active military. Purchase a combo ticket ($14-$20) for an IMAX showing of Flight of the Butterflies, Air Racers or Pacific Rim.

    Sally Field wearing wardrobe designed by Joanna Johnston for Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN.

    Sally Field wearing wardrobe designed by Joanna Johnston for Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN.

    If you’ve attended a large festival or running event in the past couple of months, you might have seen bodies without their flesh running around. Ring a bell? Those folks are promoting the new Bodies Revealed exhibit at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Bodies Revealed is a limited engagement – see it now through September 2! It’s a striking exhibition showcasing real human bodies, dissected and preserved through a revolutionary process.

    Time’s running out to see the wardrobe created by Academy Award-nominated designer Joanna Johnston for Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN. They’re on display at Centre Hill Mansion in Petersburg through July 27. Centre Hill was actually visited by President Abraham Lincoln  in April 1865.

    Quirky, interesting objects from the annals of history make their way into the exhibit Knickknackery: Curiosities from the Museum’s Vault at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. Expect to see a hoof from the horse of Turner Ashby, a jewelry box made from human hair, a letter from Pope Pius IX to Jefferson Davis and more through December 31. Included in the admission price of $10/adult; $6/child aged 7-13; $8/senior citizen.

    There are great exhibitions on the horizon and currently in progress. See what else Virginia has On Display. Request your free Travel Guide or sign up to receive our enewsletters to help plan your next getaway.

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