There are two things Clarke County can offer in spades, fresh air and adventure! If you and the family are looking for truly unique outdoor activities head out to the Clarke County and you won’t be disappointed! From prehistoric forests filled with dinosaur sculptures to baby goat snuggle sessions, Clarke County has some of the most distinctive and interesting outdoor activities this fall!
Book a goat snuggle session or participate in goat yoga at Silver Maple Goat Farm. This local farm specializes in breeding quality Nigerian Dwarf goats and hosts opportunities to get up close and personal with their beautiful animals. Silver Maple Goat Farm breeds year round so there are always plenty of baby goats to snuggle whenever you visit. Reservations are required for all of their activities, check their schedule and availability here: https://silvermaplefarmgoats.com/calendar-of-events/
Step back in time at this vintage theme park that has delighted children and kids at heart for nearly 50 years. Dinosaur land is an outdoor park with over 50 dinosaur statues of differing styles, demonstrating the changing anatomical knowledge and aesthetic design over the decades. The site also includes non-dinosaur figures, such as a 70-foot purple octopus, a 60-foot-long shark, and a King Kong statue which provides a photo opportunity with visitors standing in its oversized paw. The gift shop is an absolute treat with vintage post cards, dinosaur and animal figurines, apparel, and one of the largest selections of Fenton Glass in the tristate area.
The State Arboretum of Virginia (formerly known as the Orland E.White Arboretum) occupies the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm. Started in the 1930s, it now contains over 5000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world. It is a reference garden for the Southeast Region of the American Conifer Society and includes the American Boxwood Society’s Memorial Garden. Bring the whole family and wonder the amazing natural trails through the various gardens and landscapes. Check out their calendar of events for family fun nature walks and wildlife talks.