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Nancy HansRoanoke County Prevention Council Director Nancy Hans has favorite spots for all kinds of workouts; for swimming it’s the Salem Y.
No matter where your recreational interests lie, odds are good the Valley offers something for you. Here's a detailed directory of opportunities.
Hollins University (Roanoke County NE). Women’s NCAA Division III sports. Hollins.edu/athletics.
Virginia Tech. NCAA Division I programs in men’s and women’s basketball, cross-country, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving. Men’s golf, baseball, football and wrestling. Women’s volleyball, softball and lacrosse. 800-VATECH-4 or 540-231-6731. hokiesports.com.
Radford University Ice Hockey. Blue Ridge Hockey Conference. Roanoke Civic Center. See radfordhockey.com for schedule.
Roanoke College. Sponsors Division III varsity sports, including lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball, cross-country, track, volleyball and golf. 540-375-2500. maroons.roanoke.edu.
Virginia Tech Ice Hockey. Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association. Home Ice: Roanoke Civic Center. Season: Oct-Feb. 540-853-5483. virginiatechicehockey.com.
Virginia Western Community College. Men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball. 540-857-6326. virginiawestern.edu/studentlife/athleticsmain.php.
Valley Parks and Recreation. Sports for children and teens include Dixie League and Little League baseball, T-ball, girls’ softball, peewee softball, soccer, football, basketball, volleyball and cheerleading and many others. Roanoke City: 540-853-2236. roanokeva.gov; Roanoke County: 540-387-6078. roanokecountyparks.com; Salem: 540-375-3057. ci.salem.va.us/depts/parks_rec/; Botetourt County: 540-473-8326. co.botetourt.va.us; Franklin County: 540-483-9293. franklincountyva.gov/parks.
Green Ridge Recreation Center (operated by Roanoke County). 7415 Woodhaven Rd., Roanoke. Splash Valley Water Park, indoor pool, kid zone, gym, wellness area and walking track. 540-777-6300. roanokecountyva.gov/index.aspx?NID=618.
Smith Mountain Lake. Private and state access to boating, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking and swimming. Also sailing, vacation rentals and golf. 540-721-1203. visitsmithmountainlake.com.
Carvins Cove. Public boating, fishing, picnicking, rowboat rental and seasonal concessions. 540-563-9170.
Claytor Lake. Boating, swimming, camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing. Marina. Sixteen cabins and campsites by lake. 540-643-2500. dcr.state.va.us.
Loch Haven Lake. Canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, diving, beach, hiking trails, picnic areas and tennis courts. Membership. 540-366-1174. lochhavenlake.com.
New River. Fishing, canoeing, tubing, river running. Livery and shuttle service, canoe and kayak rentals on New River and Walkers Creek through New River Canoe Livery, Pembroke. 540-626-7189; newrivercanoelivery.com. Tangent Outfitters offers guided fishing and canoe trips, mountain bikes, tubing and rentals. 540-731-5202. tangentoutfitters.com.
Franklin County. Smith Mountain Lake State Park offers 37 acres that include a beach area, as well as picnic facilities, ADA-accessible fishing pier and hiking trails. 540-297-6066.
Craig County. Craig Creek Recreational Area offers swimming, canoeing and fishing. 540-864-5195.
Sailing Clubs. There are two major sailing clubs at Smith Mountain Lake, the Virginia Inland Sailing Association (540-721-2350; visayc.org), with facilities on the lower Roanoke River, and Black-water Yacht Racing Association (byrasailing.org), which operates out of the Pelican Point Yacht Club.
Smith Mountain Lake Community Park. VA 616-Scruggs Rd. (Swimming, walking trails, picnic area). 540-483-9293.
Many streams are periodically stocked by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Updates: dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/stock. You may also call 434-525-3474 after 4pm for a voice message.
Roanoke Ski Club. North American and overseas trips. Year-round events, including summer activities such as biking and tubing. roanokeskiclub.org.
Blue Ridge Bicycle Club. Year-round events including weekend rides, rails-to-trails trips. blueridgebicycleclub.org.
Blue Ridge Grotto Cave Exploration. Go “spelunking”. Meets monthly in Vinton. 540-989-7693. blueridgegrotto.org.
Odyssey Adventure Racing. Specializes in ultra distance and extreme sporting events (adventure racing, trail running, triathlons etc.). Salem. 540-444-4422. oarevents.com.
Roanoke Outdoor and Social Club. Brings people together from the Roanoke and New River Valleys who are interested in outdoor activities (not a dating club). Meetup.com/Roanoke.
Roanoke Valley Trail Runners. A group dedicated to trail running. Weekly group runs. See Facebook page.
Roanoke Valley Volleyball Association. Year-round league for men and women, all levels of play. rvva.net.
Roanoke Rugby Football Club. Year-round adult men’s league including tournaments and special events. 540-556-2791. roanokerugby.com.