Outdoor Recreation Activities
BALANCE BIKE BONANZA
Studies have shown introducing children to cycling at an early age aids with gross and fine motor skill development as well as speech, behavioral and social skill development. But really it's just about having fun! Join us at the Essig Recreation Center for a safe, fun, and warm learning environment for your child 5 and under to give a balance bike a try. Bring your own or try out a demo bike. December 11, 2022 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Essig Recreation Center. No registration is required. FREE!
FRANKLIN COUNTY MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB
Kids ages 11 to 15 who are interested in mountain bikes should consider participating in this free club. Practice is held Saturday mornings, September 10th through October 8th, at Waid Park. This non-competitive club is all about fun. Bike handling techniques and safety considerations will be the primary focus. This club is intended for beginner to intermediate riders. Mountain bikes are available for free thanks to a Virginia Outdoors Foundation grant (Trek Marlin 7's). Contact Parks and Recreation at 540-483-9293 if interested. Registration is limited and will close September 8th.
Sep 10-Oct 8
CR24 HR ULTRA MARATHON
Come and cheer on 200+ ultra-athletes as they see just how many miles they can rack up in 24 hours.
|Nov 19 - 20||Waid Park|
|Saturday, Nov 12||Waid Park||1pm-5pm||$12|
HIKE PHILPOTT - OUT AND BACK
|Wednesday's Oct 5, 12, 19 & 26|
Week 1: Dogwood Glen Trailhead
Week 2: Salthouse Branch Trailhead
Week 3: Twin Ridge Rec Area
Week 4: Jamison Mill
|Depart Essig Center at 8:30 am||$25|
NOVEMBER NIGHT RIDES
Meet-up style night rides every Wednesday during the month of November from 6pm - 7:30pm at Waid Park. Park in the field above the front gate.
|Wednesdays in November||Waid Park||6pm-7:30pm||FREE|
RETIREE ADVENTURE CLASS - CANOEING
|Thursday, Oct 6||SML Community Park||10am-Noon||$25|
This class is designed for little rippers who want to become more comfortable on their skateboards. From pushing and turning, to ollie fundamentals and dropping in, we’ll create a skill set that you can safely build upon. Helmet required, knee and elbow pads recommended. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 22, 2022
|Saturday, Sep 24||Rocky Mount Rotary Skate Park||9am-Noon||$10|
TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING DAY AT WAID PARK
Join us for the annual IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebration on the first Saturday in October. This day was created in 2004 and recognized by the U.S. Congress. TKMDB introduces the joy of mountain biking to the next generation.
|Saturday, Oct 1||Waid Park||10am-Noon||FREE|