You don't have to bring your own-- Chris Green Lake and Walnut Creek offer canoe rentals (no. 11).
The 1912 Swannanoa stands as a tribute to the gilded age.
file photo by Hawes Spencer
Every good townie knows his or her stuff when it comes to summer
sunning and funning. Looking for live music? Stop by the nTelos
Pavilion for the free Fridays After Five show. Craving a relaxing
afternoon with friends? Head down to Scottsville's James River
Runners to tube the day away. Want kid-friendly joy to include in
your summer repertoire? The Downtown Mall's Discovery Museum always
has an action-packed summer schedule.
But you know all this, as trendy attractions such as these are
already on your calendar and have been, summer after summer. What
about events that don't advertise themselves? We decided to break
down 25 must-dos for the ultimate warm-weather Charlottesville
experience. Welcome to a summer where you can really live off the
1) The Blue Ridge Tunnel
Originally conceived as part of the Blue Ridge Railroad and built
in 1856, the Blue Ridge Tunnel currently lies unused– but that
doesn't mean adventure-seeking hikers aren't antsy to check out all
4,263 feet of it. The tunnel's two entrances pop out in Waynesboro
and Afton, giving C'villians access no matter which direction
they're headed. To use the tunnel's Waynesboro entrance,
insiders recommend parking either alongside Route 250 at the train
bridge between Waynesboro and Rockfish Gap, or at the animal
hospital just off 250 after you pass Interstate 64. A dirt trail
off the overpass leads up to the tunnel, although at times it's
overgrown. In Afto...