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Area Information

Virginia Tech in beautiful Blacksburg, Va., is located in the New River Valley just a half an hour southwest of Roanoke. The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail are nearby the plateau where the town sits between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. Blacksburg has a small town charm with many big-city amenities including world class dining, fine cultural activities and shopping, and unique recreational adventures.

Regional areas of interest include:

The Cascades Falls
A scenic, two mile hike to a beautiful 69 ft. waterfall.

The Blue Ridge Parkway
This very popular unit of the National Park System winds 469 miles through mountain meadows, features remarkable vistas and provides many recreational opportunities.

The New River
Surrounded by scenic mountains and ideal for canoeing, the meandering New River is considered to be one of the oldest rivers in the world.

Smithfield Plantation
This 1774 plantation home is located on the edge of the Virginia Tech campus and is a living document of the rich history of the area.

Taubman Museum of Art
Located in the heart of downtown Roanoke, this contemporary structure evokes the drama of the surrounding mountainous landscape.

Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel
Conference attendees will also have an opportunity, on the afternoon of June 8th, to tour the Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel. This internationally known commercial, research and educational facility performs aerodynamic and aeroacoustic testing of wind turbine blade sections at, or close to, full scale conditions. It features a novel Kevlar-walled acoustic test section that allows accurate characterizations of aerodynamics and acoustics to be performed simultaneously, as well as a large range of state of the art capabilities and instrumentation.

More Information

For more information about the Virginia Tech campus, visit:

For more information about opportunities for outdoor activities in the area, visit: Other recreational attractions are featured at Explore the New River Valley

Area YouTube videos

The Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
Virginia Cascades Slideshow
Pandapas Pond - Poverty Creek Trail


The following website could be helpful before you pack

Virginia Tourism
Blacksburg, Virginia is a prime vacation destination, so you might want to bring the family and come early or stay the weekend to enjoy this special place. For local activities and information on nearby highlights, visit:

View of the Blue Ridge
Smithfield Plantation
Photo of  tunnel fan

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