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ThunderCroft, Montgomery County

ThunderCroft’s lodging and trails nestled in a variety of habitats on the edge of the Jefferson National Forest offer visitors a “front-row seat to nature,” says owner Buck Cox.

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Wayside Park, Pittsylvania County

With grant money from various organizations and some elbow grease from the community, Pittsylvania Parks and Recreation has restored Wayside Park to its central place in the lives of county residents.

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Mill Mountain, City of Roanoke

Roanoke’s Department of Parks and Recreation is making it easier to reach the top of Mill Mountain, where its iconic star, amazing views, a zoo and discovery center, and ten miles of trails await.

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Dragon Run, Middle Peninsula

For 35 years, a group of citizens has banded together to conserve Dragon Run, the second-most ecologically significant ecosystem in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Woods Hole Hostel, Giles County

Woods Hole Hostel has been a welcome respite for hikers on the Appalachian Trail since 1986. Since 2006, it’s been protected for future hikers with an easement held by VOF.

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