June 30, 2022
From the desk of Harvest Foundation President Kate Keller
Summer is here which means that outdoor living is in full force. Our community has so many great outdoor assets that bring tourists and locals out to enjoy. If your idea of fun includes water or land, there are plenty of things for you to do.
If you haven’t been paying much attention over the past twenty years or so, you may not have noticed that the Smith River is active and full of kayakers and people fishing. There are many access points to the river. Check them out here.
We have trails, oh so many trails! Our trails are full of people of all ages getting active and enjoying the scenery. You can walk, run, or bike. And if you need a bike, stop by the Bike Barn and borrow one! If you haven’t gotten out to take advantage of the trails, I highly recommend it. The path along the Smith River near the sports complex is shady and cool — nice on a hot day.
If cooling off is what you are after and floating down the Smith River isn’t your thing, head up to Bowen Creek Park at Philpott Lake for some swimming. Tap or click here if you need to know where they are.
Events and activities abound here in MHC.
Whether it’s an evening at the ballpark watching the Mustangs play or visiting one of our many air-conditioned museums, there is guaranteed to be something to do when you hit the mid-summer doldrums. Outdoor events also provide a COVID-friendly way to see your friends and neighbors.
We kicked off the summer with Rooster Walk, but every month there are opportunities such as First Fridays and Third Thursdays in Uptown Martinsville. Another hometown favorite is Smith River Fest on August 20th.
Fun in the summertime is everywhere, and too many things are happening to list here. The best resource in town to find out what is happening is VisitMartinsville — they are in the know. Enjoy your summer and stay safe!