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NEW, NEARBY
NIGHTS IN THE WOODS

EXPLORE PARK ADDS CAMPING/LODGING OPTIONS
From primitive to semi-posh, new sleeps are available.

GO SHORT 'N' GERMAN
The 6th annual Oktoberfest and 5k Trail Race/
Walk takes place at Westlake Town Center in
Moneta on October 13. The race/walk starts at
10:30 and ends at the Oktoberfest site after taking runners through the Booker T. Washington
National Monument.
The German-flavored festival will offer music,
food and beer, along with a children's area. And
hey, while you're down Franklin County way,
check to see if there are any tickets left for Lyle
Lovett and Robert Earl Keen at the Harvester on
October 14. smloktoberfest.com.

THE ONGOING EXPANSION of offerings at Explore Park-just off the Blue Ridge

Parkway at Milepost 115-is about to include several new overnight options. Come
the end of October, both pod cabins and yurts will be added to the sleepover mix
that already includes 20 primitive camping sites, a bell tent and a canvas tent, with
more of both tent types in the works.
The new lodging options continue Explore's public-private approach, as the
tent offerings are from Blue Mountain Adventures (bluemtnadventures.com),
and the cabin/yurt from Don's Cab-Inns (donscab-inns.com).
Also due in late October: a bath house.
The camping/lodging options are available year-round. 427-1800.
roanokecountyparks.com/231/Explore-Park.

GET CHANNELLED
Still haven't explored The Channels, down
in Washington County? The formation, the
highlight of the 721-acre Channels Natural Area
Preserve, is at nearly 4,200 feet, and features
sandstone crevices and boulders on Middle
Knob of Clinch Mountain. If you prefer a guided
walk, Unplug SWVA offers the 6.6-mile hike on
October 20, from the Coomes Center Parking lot
in Abingdon.
facebook.com/unplugswva

GO LONG (OR NOT)
The October 27 Chessie Trail running event in
Lexington this year adds a full marathon-with
cash prizes to the top three male and top three
female finishers-to the usual offerings of the
half and a 5k. Proceeds from the event go to
trail improvements. The races begin and end
at McKethan Park at the Lexington end of the
Chessie. Runner swag for the events is, as usual,
at the top of the realm.
runthechessietrail.com

NEW CANVAS TENT
The new canvas tent (with more on the way) at Explore Park is just one of the new
sleeping options at the park.

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