FloydFest is built on three main keystones — live music, craft libations, and OUTDOOR ADVENTURE! We love to see our patrons get outside, get active and commune with nature, and, for FloydFest 2020~Vision Quest, we are offering more options than ever to play in the great outdoors. Outdoor Adventure is never an afterthought for all of our patrons, and it all starts at the ENO Outdoor Adventure Headquarters, located on our Main Field, right above our Streamline Stage at Hill Holler. At ENO OA HQ, patrons will find signups and information for the following Outdoor Adventure offerings:
- Ferrum College’s 5K Trail Running Race
- Rock Climbing Wall
- The Merry Moonstompers Belcher Mountain Beatdown Mountain Bike Tour*
- Innova Discs Disc Golf Tournament
- Sunrise Hike to Buffalo Mountain
- Moonstomper Trail Time Trials and Race & Group Mountain Bike Rides
- Hikes to Rocky Knob, Grassy Knoll, Rock Castle Gorge, etc.
- Family Fun Hikes
- Bike Skills Clinics
- Cast Iron Campfire Cooking
- Bird Hikes
- Yoga Classes
- Ferrum College Workshops
- Wilderness Skills Workshops
… AND SO MANY MORE!
What to bring:
- Mountain bike and helmet
- Disc golf discs
- GPS Device
- Rain gear — most events are rain or shine
- Endurance and a keen sense of adventure
- Running shoes and hiking boots
The Merry Moonstompers’ Famous Belcher Mountain Beatdown
A Guided FloydFest Mountain Bike Journey
FloydFest offers 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 and helmet. The Belcher Mountain Beatdown 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 Outdoor Adventure Tent for updates and to arrange shuttle rides down if not doing the full tour.
Cost per rider is $50 and includes lunch and shuttle ride. Proceeds after cost will be donated to the I.C. Dehart Memorial Park Trail Fund. Participation is limited to 20 riders. Tickets are nonrefundable, and available NOW!
Saturday only at 9:30 a.m., meet at the ENO OA HQ Tent. This event is sponsored and guided by The Merry Moonstompers. (*Helmets required for the ride)
Ferrum College’s 5K Trail Running Race
Sign up any time at the Outdoor Adventure Tent during the festival to enter. The start time is 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 26 — racers meet at 9:15 a.m. 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.
Moonstomper Hiking Trail
Hiking is encouraged on the Moonstomper Trail from sunrise to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to sunset ONLY due to disc golf and mountain bike usage.
Pick up a course map at the Outdoor Adventure Tent and toss for the weekend’s best score on our Innova-sponsored 18-hole course. (The course is only open for play during designated hours.) Sign up for Saturday’s tournament at the OA Tent.