Cumberland State Forest, located at 900 Natural Resources Drive, is a day trip experience you can't pass up when staying at your Scottsville Inn. You can get out, get active and get up and close to the spectacular wildlife in the park. Hiking the forest and even taking horseback rides through it is possible. There are four lakes located in the forest that are good for fishing, and there is an excellent State park called Bear Creek Lake that is located within Cumberland. After you have made a day of it at this spot, consider these three other excellent day trips.
Mountain Music Museum
Upper Level of Bristol Mall
This 4,000-square-foot museum is not a far drive from the Cumberland State Forest so planning it in your schedule should not be a problem. Tracing roots all the way back to the beginnings of music, this museum is a must for anyone even a little interested in how mountain music, country music and of course blue grass all got started. Fascinating photos of real families making their own music can be studied here, and other unique treasures like instruments as well as vintage stage attire are displayed throughout the museum. Sometimes events such as live performances and silent auctions take place, depending on the time of year and new displays are often produced.
10120 Hatton Ferry Rd.
Scottsville, VA 24590
The Hatton Ferry is the perfect place to visit on a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning after a big meal at your Scottsville Bed and Breakfast. You can ride the ferry across the lake on Saturdays between nine in the morning and five in the evening, and Sunday between noon and five, for free. The Hatton Ferry has been in service since the eighteenth century, and has been serving both Albemarle and Buckingham counties. You can take a look through the small display area on the ferry, but the entire experience will really give you a look back to what life was like back then.
Front Royal and the Battle of Front Royal Driving Tour
414 E. Main St.
Front Royal, VA 22630
Front Royal is a wonderful town full of unexpected treasures. It isn't far from Scottsville or the Cumberland State Forest. There are many things to explore when visiting the town of Front Royal, such as kayaking, hiking, horse back riding, camping, dining and relaxing. In fact, you can even explore the Appalachian Trail. But the one thing you shouldn't miss out on before leaving town is the battle of Front Royal. It took place in 1862, and the homes and history along with the rich story still resides. Learn all about the descent of the Confederate Troops and the overall tensions and feelings of the day that is known as "Brother against Brother." The tour takes about two hours and is self guided but you can get a guide book from the visitor center.