New season promises more activity at Explore Park

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ROANOKE CO., Va. On a sunny Tuesday morning, we met members of the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club checking out Explore Park.

And campers from Chattanooga, Tennessee enjoying a spring break visit to the Roanoke Valley.

"It's been really nice, getting to stay out in the woods," Melissa Dixon told WDBJ7. "And to still have the electricity and stuff is really nice."

Don's Cab-Inns Campground has been hosting overnight guests in several cabins and yurts since late last year.

And Blue Mountain Adventures offers primitive campsites, and tent rentals. And more sites overlooking the Roanoke River are planned this Spring.

Add tubing and horseback riding, and Explore Park promises plenty of activity this year.

"We're continuing to work with business partners that will be able to provide some of the recreation amenities that will make the park really a destination facility," said Scott Ramsburg, Marketing Manager for Roanoke County Parks, Recreation & Tourism.

And visitor Gordon Powell says additional activities will help.

"Actually I saw some billboards or posters up about adding climbing walls and zip lines and all that." Powell said. "And I think that's a great idea. I love that type of thing. It would definitely be a draw."

The county continues to implement the adventure plan for Explore Park. and officials hope to announce more vendors that will offer new activities at Explore Park this year.