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Pulaski County recreation garners statewide attention

Pulaski County’s recreational offerings were the subject of a featured article in a County Connections newsletter recently published by Virginia Association of Counties (VACo).
The article, “The Exploration of Pulaski County,” appears in the Sept. 15 edition of the newsletter, which is published twice a month.
Photographs featured in the article include aerial shots of Claytor Lake and its state park and dam, Motor Mile Speedway and drag strip, and a ground-level view of the pool area at Randolph Park.
The article outlines the recreational activities available in the county and Town of Pulaski, and includes comments from area officials, including Board of Supervisors Chairman Joe Sheffey and County Administrator Peter Huber.
Sheffey comments on how fortunate the county is to have “so many options when it comes to outdoor recreation.” He goes on to say that there is something to do or see all year round.
The article touts the county as “the place to go” for those who “want to have outdoor fun.”
“Not many people know that this picturesque place situated along I-81 between the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway is an emerging tourism destination and fun getaway location,” the article states.
Other featured attractions and activities include:
• The Blue Ridge Mountains Scout Reservation, a 16,000-acre park that is “the largest reservation for scouts east of the Mississippi River.
• Minor league baseball at Calfee Park.
• Being one of only four Virginia counties with two state parks — Claytor Lake and New River Trail. Both of the parks “provide adventures in camping, hiking, biking, boating and horseback riding,” states the article.
• Jefferson National Forest, “a 19,300-acre wilderness retreat.”
• Claytor Lake, described by Huber as “probably the most recognizable thing in Pulaski County.” Sheffey is quoted as saying, “There are never bad times at Claytor Lake. It’s the perfect place to spend a weekend.”
And finally,
• Randolph Park and Evelyn Alexander Water Park. “These are just estimates, but on some days, about 1,600 people come to the water park that features and eight-lane pool, a 38-foot water slide and an area for younger kids,” the article says.
“If that wasn’t enough, just get in your car and take a drive,” the article concludes.
“Water and rolling hills are never far away in Pulaski County.”
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com

Pulaski County recreation garners statewide attention

Pulaski County’s recreational offerings were the subject of a featured article in a County Connections newsletter recently published by Virginia Association of Counties (VACo).
The article, “The Exploration of Pulaski County,” appears in the Sept. 15 edition of the newsletter, which is published twice a month.
Photographs featured in the article include aerial shots of Claytor Lake and its state park and dam, Motor Mile Speedway and drag strip, and a ground-level view of the pool area at Randolph Park.
The article outlines the recreational activities available in the county and Town of Pulaski, and includes comments from area officials, including Board of Supervisors Chairman Joe Sheffey and County Administrator Peter Huber.
Sheffey comments on how fortunate the county is to have “so many options when it comes to outdoor recreation.” He goes on to say that there is something to do or see all year round.
The article touts the county as “the place to go” for those who “want to have outdoor fun.”
“Not many people know that this picturesque place situated along I-81 between the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway is an emerging tourism destination and fun getaway location,” the article states.
Other featured attractions and activities include:
• The Blue Ridge Mountains Scout Reservation, a 16,000-acre park that is “the largest reservation for scouts east of the Mississippi River.
• Minor league baseball at Calfee Park.
• Being one of only four Virginia counties with two state parks — Claytor Lake and New River Trail. Both of the parks “provide adventures in camping, hiking, biking, boating and horseback riding,” states the article.
• Jefferson National Forest, “a 19,300-acre wilderness retreat.”
• Claytor Lake, described by Huber as “probably the most recognizable thing in Pulaski County.” Sheffey is quoted as saying, “There are never bad times at Claytor Lake. It’s the perfect place to spend a weekend.”
And finally,
• Randolph Park and Evelyn Alexander Water Park. “These are just estimates, but on some days, about 1,600 people come to the water park that features and eight-lane pool, a 38-foot water slide and an area for younger kids,” the article says.
“If that wasn’t enough, just get in your car and take a drive,” the article concludes.
“Water and rolling hills are never far away in Pulaski County.”
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com