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Giles County is busting at the seams with excitement and entertainment for the outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers of all ages for all seasons. The soothing New River provides scene after scene around every bend that is beyond the imagination.

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Giles County is busting at the seams with excitement and entertainment for the outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers of all ages for all seasons. We open our back yard to you and offer a “vacation mecca” rich with exquisite, beautiful countryside. The soothing New River provides scene after scene around every bend that is beyond the imagination.

Resting quietly in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, with an area of about 363 square miles and a population of around 16,000, Giles County offers a relaxed small-town atmosphere for its residents and visitors. Thirty-seven miles of the New River flow through the heart of Giles County, and offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities for everyone. The New River is one of the best smallmouth rivers in the country as rated by BASSMASTER Magazine in its October '05 issue. Rafting, kayaking, canoeing and tubing are always popular on the New River.

Giles hosts 92.4 square miles of Jefferson National Forest which are perfect for hunting and hiking. Come hike our 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail or many of the smaller trails such as the 2 mile hike up to see the spectacular Cascade Falls. Just a short drive from Giles County are Claytor Lake and Gatewood Reservoir.

Cascade Park