Hit the Water

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August is pumping up the heat and humidity across the Blue Ridge which it why we just put out our Swimming Holes issue. This is the type of weather that fogs up your sunglasses as soon as you step out of the house. It’s the type of weather where anything you do – take a walk, take out the trash, take a glance out the window – leaves you damp and sticky with sweat. Whether you are hiking to a cool mountain stream or tubing your favorite river, now is the perfect time to hit the water.

Sure, that air-conditioned air feels great, but nature’s cooling system is far superior, so get out in it and learn something new with these family -friendly river festivals celebrating area waterways.

Shenandoah Riverfest

On Saturday head to Andy Guest/Shenandoah River State Park just south of Front Royal, Va. on the banks of the south fork of the Shenandoah River for a day of fun on the water. Enjoy canoe and tube rides on the river, live music, local food and great prize giveaways, including a kayak and local art. The Virginia Game Department will be on hand to display wild animals and there will also be fly fishing instruction.

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Smith River Fest

This year the Smith River Fest is celebrating its five-year anniversary, and the Blue Ridge Outdoors Roadshow will be there to help. Come out to the Smith River Sports Complex in Axton, Va. on Saturday and enjoy all the Smith River has to offer, including a river race, mud run, fly fishing demos and beer garden for the big kids. Bike rentals will be available and live music from local artists will be played. Don’t forget to swing by the Blue Ridge Outdoors tent and sign up for our great raffles.

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