Recreational Opportunities at the Cabin &
Berriedale Farms, the George Washington National Forest and the Virginia Highland Wildlife Management Area offer adults hundreds and thousands of acres for quiet wandering, hiking or climbing, flower identification, and bird watching. Consider bringing USGS Williamsville Quadrangle and a compass. The Cowpasture River, Huit Draft , Berriedale Draft and Log Cabin Draft offer young boys and girls endless hours-upon-hours of wading, skipping stones, stick poking and exploration. Consider bringing Tevas and several changes of dry cloths and extra sneakers. Depending upon the season, the night time will be filled with a chorus of crickets and frogs, the hoot of a screech or great horned owl and occasionally, the wild hair-raising cries of coyotes.
■ Private Cowpasture River swimming hole in season. Note that the Karst topography underlays the Cowpasture River in our stretch and so, the river may go underground during dry summer weather and periods of drought.
■ Berriedale Farm visits to see and to get to know Red Poll Cattle and Buckeye chickens.
■ Fishing for children in the Cowpasture River and on Berriedale Farm property. Fly fishing for adults in the Bullpasture River.
■ Hiking, birding and photography on Berriedale Farms property, the George Washington National Forest and the Highland Wildlife Management Area.
■ Bow and black powder hunting on Berriedale Farms property, the George Washington National Forest and the Highland Wildlife Management Area – whitetail deer, black bear, wild turkey and ruffed grouse. No hound dogs.
■ Horseback riding on Berriedale Farms property, the George Washington National Forest and the Highland Wildlife Management Area for those who own and bring their mounts. Turn-out shed, hay and water, paddock for four horses with electric fence.
■ Caving or spelunking on the Bullpasture Mountain in the Highland Wildlife Management Area.
■ Kayaking, canoeing and inner tubing on the Cowpasture and Bullpasture Rivers.
■ Mountain climbing on the majestic Shenandoah Mountain and and hiking along the Great Eastern Trail.
■ Garth Newel Music Center for classical music, jazz and blues and fine dining.
■ McDowell Battlefield and the Confederate Breastworks both pivotal at the very beginning of Stonewall Jackson's, "Valley Campaign".
■ Coursey Springs State Fish Cultural Station – State-of-the Art in game fish raising.