Outdoor Adventure - Floydfest 14 | July 22-26, 2015
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Outdoor Adventure

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Need a natural recharge before getting back to the music?

Stop by the FloydFest Outdoor Adventures tent in the Global Village. The OA schedule annually features a host of activities to enrich your weekend experience and help you fully enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge.

What to Bring

  • Mountain bike and helmet
  • Disc golf discs
  • Camera
  • GPS Device
  • Endurance and a keen sense of adventure
  • Rain gear – most events are rain or shine

Cool Down on the Little River at FloydFest!

We’re excited to partner again with On the Water — this year we are offering opportunities to escape to the water for a few hours of paddling and floating down a gorgeous, undeveloped stretch of the Little River in Floyd County, with small whitewater (not even Class I) suitable for all ages.
Trips include a 45-minute shuttle (via school bus and 15 passenger van) from the festival to the Little River, 2.5 to 3 hours on the water, and a fully catered lunch with local produce and all the sides and fixins! Trips meet at the front gate of FloydFest. Trips are first come, first serve. Patrons can also sign up at the FloydFest Outdoor Adventures tent beginning Wednesday, until the trips are full. This event is rain or shine. Tickets are nonrefundable.

On the Water in Floyd Float Trip — Wednesday, 11 a.m.
On the Water in Floyd Float Trip — Thursday, 10 a.m.
On the Water in Floyd Float Trip — Friday, 10 a.m.
On the Water in Floyd Float Trip — Saturday, 10 a.m.
On the Water in Floyd Float Trip — Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

Outdoor Experience Tent

Experience all the outdoor fun FloydFest has to offer under one roof! This year, FloydFest is introducing the Outdoor Experience Tent, powered by Project Shelter, a one-stop location where you can experience, demo, and purchase the highest-quality gear in the outdoor industry. Situated in a prime location on the Main Field, the Outdoor Experience Tent will offer quality information, interactive demos, and knowledgeable retailers who can help you find the perfect outdoor gear for your FloydFest adventures and beyond! Sign up for Osprey Guided Hikes, bike expeditions and other free adventures, get lucky with equipment giveaways, discounts and promos, and pick up pre-ordered gear! See you there!

Outdoor Adventures Headquarters

Tent open Wednesday 2pm-5pm; Thurs-Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-4pm

Osprey Guided Hikes

ospreyTake a guided hike along the Blue Ridge, Thursday & Friday at 10:30am, 2:00 pm, & 4:00 pm; Saturday at 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, & 4:00 pm.  Sign up and get local trail info at the Outdoor Adventures tent.

Osprey Clinics

Osprey Clinic: Packing a Pack (Saturday @ 3 pm) – Join the experts from Osprey for an exclusive clinic where you will learn how to pack a backpack and have the opportunity to try out the pack on the FF trails. Clinics are limited to 15 participants. Stop by the Outdoor HQ to pre-register for an Osprey Clinic.

Osprey Clinic: Pack Repair (Sunday @ 12 pm) — Join the experts from Osprey for an exclusive clinic where you will learn some tips on how to repair a pack on the trails or at home. Clinics are limited to 15 participants. Stop by the Outdoor HQ to pre-register for an Osprey Clinic.

Moon Stomper Hiking Trail

Hiking is encouraged on the Moon Stomper Trail ONLY from sunrise to 10 am and 7 pm to sunset due to disc golf and mountain bike usage.

Innova Disc Golf

innova-smPick up a course map at the Outdoor Adventures tent and toss for the weekend’s best score on our Innova-sponsored 9-hole course. (The course is only open for play during designated hours.) Sign up for Saturday’s tournament at the OA tent.

Get Out More Tour Geocache

gomTry to find the geocache full of goodies that we’ve stashed deep in the woods around the site!

Moon Stomper Mountain Bike Trail

partner-starlightCome check out a free mountain bike rental from Roanoke’s Starlight Bicycles and enjoy our onsite 1 mile intermediate-level trail. Helmets are required for all bike activities! The trail is only open to riders during designated hours. Sign up for the Sunday race at the OA tent.

The Belcher Mountain Beat Down!

A Guided FloydFest Mountain Bike Journey – With Special Guest Jeff Lenosky
FloydFest is happy to announce a GUIDED mountain bike tour that descends the Blue Ridge and finishes with miles of hand-built single-track trail!

The 19-mile route includes 1600’ of elevation gain and 3400’ of descending.

This journey will ride as a group from FloydFest through gorgeous Virginia countryside to the spine of Belcher Mountain, where we’ll descend via steep rocky trail to the valley below. An alternate dirt road descent route option is available to those looking for a gentler ride down the mountain. The course finishes with miles of creek crossings on the way to the I.C. DeHart park in Woolwine; where we will sample some of the 15 miles of hand-built single track this park has to offer. At the ride’s end, we’ll enjoy a catered lunch and shuttle service back to FloydFest.

The ride will take 2.5 to 4+ hours. Riders are required to bring their own bicycle & helmet. The Belcher Mountain Beat Down is not recommended for beginner mountain bikers. However, beginners should feel free to participate — the I.C. Dehart Park includes miles of friendly trails to explore at your leisure. Those wishing to ride only this part of the journey may attend and ride the shuttle each way. Riders are encouraged to check in at the Outdoors Tent for updates and to arrange shuttle rides down if not doing the full tour.

Cost per rider is $45 and includes lunch & shuttle ride. Proceeds after cost will be donated to the I.C. Dehart Memorial Park Trail Fund. Participation is limited to 20 riders.

Saturday only at 9:30am, meet at the front gate. This event is sponsored by Floyd Outdoors and will be guided by The Merry Moonstompers with Special Guest Jeff Lenosky. If you are a diehard mountain biker, you do not miss this once in a lifetime oppurtunity!!

5K Trail Running Race

Sign up any time at the OA tent during the fest to enter. The start time is 9:30 am – racers meeting at 9:15am. This is a free event to enter, and there will be prizes for the top runners in several categories. The course takes in parts of the festival site and (2) laps on the Moonstomper trail.

Mountain Bike Time Trial Race

Test your bike handling skills, and your legs and lungs at our Sunday morning bike race! The race will consist of two timed laps on the Moonstomper trail. Riders please sign up for the race at the OA tent any time during the festival. A Pre-race (mandatory) meeting to be held at 10:45 at the OA tent in Global Village and the first rider will start at 11 am sharp. We will race the trail from Global to Hill Hollar; then race back to the finish at the OA tent. The best combined times wins! Free to enter and there will be prizes for the men’s and women’s winners.

Nature adventure and games for families with Michael J. Blackwel

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Interactive play, adventure and exploration, sharpening the senses, following our curiosity, immersing in nature
Oriented towards: Kids and families together, all ages
Look for: Natural Intelligence Designs. Nature skill workshops, oriented towards teens and adults at the Imagine Tent, and with the outdoor adventure group.

Michael J. Blackwell has been a homestead farmer and homeschooling parent for 18 years. He’s studied tracking and nature skills for 17 years. He’s taught leadership and nature skills at Virginia Tech for 10 years. He’s a gardener, cook, baker, teacher, ecopsychologist, ecophilosopher, musician, holistic curriculum designer, artist, writer, mentor, storyteller, ceremonial leader and designer, community builder, carpenter, orchardist and reluctant visionary. He has a MA in Educational Psychology.