Today the kids and I loaded up our bikes and headed to the New River Trail State Park. Just down the interstate, we biked a section from Draper to Hiwassii. To me, this trail and the surrounding views are quintessential Virginia. Green countryside, a few ramshackle old homes and barns, the green river, ferns and daisies growing along the path. The path itself is an old railroad bed - there is a bit of a grade, but for the most part it is flat.
The trail itself is over 55 miles, so there are many sections that you can ride for just a day trip. My kids would love to do the whole thing.... not sure about that just yet.
Apparently the Draper Mercantile (right next to the parking lot in Draper) is a great place to go for ice cream, etc. But they are closed on Mondays in season. This trip: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! We will be doing it again!