From Virginia festivals to music concerts and wine tours, there is always something happening in Orange County and the surrounding area. If you are outgoing, enjoy the outdoors, and love a good celebration, then you are heading to the right place. Below is a list of some of our local events. Be sure to visit our Calendar of Events page for additional information and links to event Web sites.
For outdoor enthusiasts, this is your destination for Virginia adventure travel. Area activities include skydiving, horseback riding, fishing, golfing, boating, and more. For more information, check out the listings below.
CULPEPER'S 3RD THURSDAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
They've performed hundreds of tandem freefalls, static line, and AFF freefall skydives every year at Skydive Orange. Tandem Skydiving parachute jumps are the most popular first jumps. Although most first time skydivers start with Tandem first jumps, their skydiving instructors will help you learn to skydive whether you start with tandem skydiving, AFF, or static line. The Skydive Orange parachute club is a U.S. Parachute Association affiliated parachute center open since the late 1970's. They make over 18,000 freefall parachute jumps annually at Skydive Orange. Serving Virginia Tech, Richmond, NOVA, Baltimore, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. skydivers.
Lake Orange offers a scenic setting surrounded by gently rolling farmland and hardwood forests. Lake Orange is a reservoir stocked with typical warm water fish community of largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, black crappie, channel catfish and walleye. Northern pike and chain pickerel have been stocked occasionally over the last decade and limited fisheries for these species exist. Walleye and channel catfish are stocked on a regular basis to provide anglers with good fishing action. Lake Orange is fertilized annually, as the added nutrients increase the lake's productivity and angler catch. Lake Orange became popular for producing the world record white bass of 6 pounds, 13 ounces in 1989. There is a concession at the lake that provides boat rentals, bait and tackle. Picnic facilities with a shelter, tables, and grills are available. The lake is open year round for shore fishing and for private boats. The concession and other facilities are only available from March through October.
Virginia Outdoor Center
Start your journey in the world of kayaking off on the correct and safest stroke. Begin in the safety of flat water and work your way through to the roarin' fun of Class I-II. There are several route trips available. Located at: 3219 Fall Hill Avenue, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Telephone: (540-) 371-5085
Chestnut Hill's location makes it a great time to take a balloon ride. From the balloon, you have beautiful panoramic views of Central Virginia in every direction.
Blue Ridge Balloon
Monticello Country Ballooning adheres to the highest standards of safety and quality for your flight. For added safety and passenger comfort, they offer special features such as padded floors and tanks in our baskets for soft, cushioned landings, turning vents on the balloon to better position passengers for landings and photographs, and enough seating and seatbelts for all passengers in the chase vehicle. They also employ some of the most experienced pilots and crew in the area. Located at: 4280 Pine Grove, Earlysville, Virginia.
Oakland Heights Farm
Trail riding is a great way to spend an hour or two. It is beautiful and peaceful just wandering along a path listening to the leaves rustle in the breeze. It is nice and cool in the woods on hot summer days and the colors are breathtaking during the autumn months. Oakland Heights Farm Horseback Riding offers trail rides on any number of trails around their farm just about every day. They have horses and trails for every skill level including children. Located on James Madison Highway (Route 15) just 4 miles north of Gordonsville, Virginia.
Shenandoah, a wilderness oasis in the busy east . . . Gazing across the horizon from the peaks of Shenandoah National Park it's hard to believe you are just 75 miles from the bustle of our nation's capital. The park offers numerous trails for hiking. Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. http://www.nps.gov/appa/ Many trails are accessed from Skyline Drive. Some short trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; longer and more difficult trails penetrate deep into the forest and bicycling is permitted along Skyline Drive and on paved areas in the park. Bicycling (road and mountain bikes) is not permitted on trails, unpaved roads or in grassy areas. Because Skyline Drive is a two-lane road with steep hills and numerous blind curves, bicyclers are urged to use extreme caution.
Old Rag Mountain (3291ft) is the most spectacular mountain in the northern Virginia Blue Ridge. Unlike most of the mountains in the Blue Ridge, it stands alone as an outlying mountain rather than as part of a continuous chain. Old Rag is a popular hike in all seasons; on weekends it can be crowded. Old Rag's attractions include a rugged scramble over and through boulders on the Ridge Trail and spectacular views in all direction. This circuit includes two shelters with fireplaces that can be used for cooking. Camping is not permitted above 2500 ft.
Spring Creek Golf Club
The award-winning club everyone's been talking about. Nestled in the rolling lush landscape located in Gordonsville, Virginia. Golf Digest rated them # 1 in America in the "Best New Affordable Public Course" category for 2007. Can those rave reviews be for real? They invite you to play a round and find out for yourself. Telephone: (540) 832-0744
Meadows Farm Golf Course
Meadows Farms Golf Course offers both a unique and challenging golfing experience... at a very reasonable price. Every hole is completely different and includes many exciting features. They have the longest hole in the U.S., a par 6, 841-yard monster, and a waterfall hole, 60 feet wide and 45 feet tall, that you actually drive your cart underneath! Every golfer is treated like a "pro."
Tanyard Golf Course
This 18-hole "Tanyard" course at the Tanyard Country Club facility in Louisa, Virginia features 6,502 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 72.0 and it has a slope rating of 123. Telephone: (540) 967-1889
This 18-hole "Shenandoah Crossing" course at the Shenandoah Crossing facility in Gordonsville, Virginia features all the hallmarks of Virginia golf. Designed by Raymond F. Loving, Jr., ASGCA, the Shenandoah Crossing golf course opened in 1991. Michael Thompson manages the course as the Golf Professional. Telephone: (540) 832-9543
Meadow Creek Golf Course
This 18-hole "Meadow Creek" course at the Meadowcreek Golf Course facility in Charlottesville, Virginia features 6,030 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 68.5 and it has a slope rating of 118. Designed by Raymond F. Loving, Jr., ASGCA, the Meadow Creek golf course opened in 1974. Rion Summers manages the course as the Golf Professional.
Lake of the Woods Golf Course
Lake of the Woods Golf Course offers a picturesque 18-hole PGA course that was carved into the woods of oaks and pines, and no two fairways adjoin. The par 71 course, with four sets of tees for each hole, is designed with a variety of slopes, sand, water, and can accommodate all levels of play. Men, women, and children alike enjoy testing their skills on the fairways and greens. Golf course maintenance is comprehensive and performed year-round to keep the course in top playing condition.
Birdwood Golf Course
Summerleas Farm Hunting Preserve
Hunters enjoy sporty game hunts on a historical pre-Civil War Virginia farm. Located in the beautiful Piedmont area of Central Virginia. The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rolling topography are breathtaking while hunting the fields at Summerleas. Located at: 19446 Summerleas Drive, Rapidan, Virginia. Telephone: (540) 672-0222
(7 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)
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