Guide ToTHE ARRINGTON REGION

Overland Expo EAST is just east of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains along Highway 29. It is 22 miles north of Lynchburg and 35 miles south of Charlottesville and is a short drive to Shenandoah National Park.

OCTOBER 4-6, 2024
OAK RIDGE ESTATE
ARRINGTON, VIRGINIA
FRI 9-5, SAT 9-5, SUN 9-3

ABOUT THE VENUE

OAK RIDGE ESTATe

Oak Ridge Estate is a professional event venue sitting on 4,800 acres of lush Central Virginia countryside in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The popular event venue hosts numerous large events each year including the Lockn’ Music Festival, a 3-day mega-event blending more than 30,000 attendees with top music acts, local foods, craft spirits and extensive weekend camping packages.  

DRIVING TIMES TO OAK RIDGE ESTATES:

OVERLAND ROUTES & RESOURCES

Trips & Trails: Union Springs

Just north of Harrisonburg, Virginia you’ll find a section of George Washington National Forest with an incredible density of trails. This area really has something for every adventurer with great options for trail difficulty, camping, and other activities, all within relatively close proximity to each other. 

Toyota Tacoma in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Trips & Trails: Fenwick Mines

Fall is a great time to visit the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. One of the best ways to experience these mountains is to explore the trails and forest roads that criss-cross this region.

Trips & Trails: Bald Mountain

If you’re on your way to or from Overland Expo East and decide to seek out a challenging trail, Bald Mountain is where you need to be. It’s located in the Saint Mary’s area of George Washington, and the southern terminus is only 45 minutes from Oak Ridge Estates.

Looking for more ways to connect with others? Join one of the many overland groups traveling together before or after the show.

Expedition Portal | American Adventurist | ADVrider  | Overland Bound

Looking for a scenic route that uses dirt, gravel, and paved roads to wind through remote parts of the region?

Backcountry Discovery Routes

ACCOMODATIONS

HOTELS / BED & BREAKFASTS

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EXPO HOUSING SERVICES
WARNING: This is not a legitimate company. If you are contacted by them, do not use their services.

NEARBY RV PARKS

We do not allow motorhomes / RVs to camp on-site. It’s best to book a real RV park near Arrington.

RV PARKS IN THE ARRINGTON AREA:

Check out reviews of various RV Parks and Campgrounds in the area.

CAMPING

In order to keep our culture of off-the-beaten-path travel alive and well, all on-site camping is restricted to motorcycles, tents, overland vehicles, and small overland trailers ONLY.

CAMPGROUNDS IN THE AREA:

NATIONAL FOREST CAMPGROUNDS

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forest offer several campgrounds, click HERE for a list of campgrounds.

DISPERSED CAMPING

For those who prefer more solitude, dispersed camping is also allowed in the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest. For a detailed guide to regulations and suggested sites, see: Dispersed camping.

FOOD & DRINK

RAPUNZEL’S COFFEE & BOOKS

An eclectic arts venue, community space, coffee shop, and used bookstore located in The Packing Shed in historic Rapunzel’s Coffee.

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BASIC NECESSITIES

Basic Necessities celebrates the European mentality of thoughtful food preparation, conversation and relaxation. “La table” in French signifies so much more than just “the table,” or dinner table. It means a place where family and friends can eat, drink, talk and just be together.

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BEAN TREE CAFE

When you visit you’ll find amazing, locally roasted coffee paired with a wide selection of house-made food. Bean Tree Cafe serves coffee and espresso locally roasted and also features a full menu that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner items with several gluten-free options available upon request.

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BOOTLEGGERS

Remember Lynchburg’s wilder side with some of the most unique burgers and brews in town! You may feel like you’re entering a speakeasy through the lower entrance, but you’ll know you’re home when you sample Bootlegger’s brews and burgers.

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Find more places to eat in and around ArringtonCharlottesville or Lynchburg.

THINGS TO DO

Not sure what you want to do, but want to know what is available in the area? Visit Nelson County offers a treasure trove of tips and advice on how to make the most of your stay near Infinity Downs. Looking to get out and explore a little? Check out Visit Charlottesville, Lynchburg Tourism, or Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountain website. You can also take a look at this great article for 100 Best Things to Do in Virginia.

NATIONAL PARKS

Cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollows—take a hike, meander along Skyline Drive, or picnic with the family. 200,000 acres of protected lands are a haven to deer, songbirds, the night sky…and you. Plan a Shenandoah escape today!

VINEYARDS & WINERIES

From Virginia’s oldest winery, farm wineries, terraced vineyards and rustic to elegant modern tasting rooms, Nelson County offers many unique wine-tasting experiences for the wine lover. With easy access to the Route 29 corridor, the following wineries are open to visitors: Lovingston WineryDelfosse Vineyard and WineryBrent Manor Vineyard, and Mountain Cove Winery. Along Route 151 are Veritas Vineyard and WineryCardinal Point WineryAfton Mountain VineyardFlying Fox Vineyard, and Hilltop Berry Farm and Winery. Be sure to check out Nelson 151. Find out more at Visit Nelson County.

MUSIC

Charlottesville has Live Music almost every night of the week. There is something for everyone!

Looking for a great Concert to attend? Lynchburg may just have what you’re looking for.

HIKING

Get lost in the beauty of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests with a great hike! Limitless options are available at Hiking Project.

Take a day hike on a section of the Appalachian Trail. Crabtree Falls claims to be Virginia’s most beautiful waterfall. Enjoy this hike to decide for yourself!

This list highlights 15 favorite hikes near Charlottesville.

BREW RIDGE TRAIL

The Brew Ridge Trail is a self-guided tour featuring five of the nation’s best craft breweries. With everything from lagers to stouts, there’s something for everyone along the trail… The five breweries along the Trail include Blue Mountain BreweryBlue Mountain Barrel HouseDevils Backbone Brewing CompanyStarr Hill Brewery, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Visit brewridgetrail.com for more information.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Popular mountain biking trail suggestions from the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club.

Bicycle rentals and guides available through Blue Ridge Cyclery – Downtown in Charlottesville or Bikes Unlimited in Lynchburg. MTB Project or Singletracks also have maps and suggestions for great trails in Virginia.

HISTORY

Take a trip back in time at The Walton Museum.

Civil War enthusiasts have plenty of options in Lynchburg, or Charlottesville hosts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

FISHING

Nelson County offers many fishing opportunities along its rivers, lakes and streams, including the Tye River, James River, Little Piney River (stream) and Rockfish River.

Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout; largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and bluegill

Dead Drift Outfitters is here to get you locked in on fish. Services include custom flies, gear, tying materials, fly fishing and tying instruction and guided wade and float trips.

Fly & Ride

Where to rent motorcycles?

Although motorcycle rentals are not available locally in Arrington, you can fly to the surrounding areas and rent adventure motorcycles at: 

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In this episode of Backcountry Bites, presented by @bushwakka_usa, Jason Schaub of @overlandcookery teaches us how to make this absolutely delicious melty brie skillet in the comfort of your own camp kitchen.

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Bean Stock 2.0, a straightforward off-road trailer designed for budget-conscious adventurers who value lightweight construction and robust performance.

Weighing just 1,175 lbs., this rugged trailer features a resilient one-piece composite shell, ensuring durability without compromising maneuverability. Its versatile design allows for customization tailored to individual camper preferences. The trailer boasts a seamless one-piece fiberglass shell and composite honeycomb side walls, mirroring the quality found in our premium models.

Equipped with a 2000 lb. Timbren HD suspension as standard, it offers reliable support on rough terrain. Ideal for towing with compact SUVs such as the Subaru Forester, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-50, Kia Sportage, and Ford Bronco, provided they have at least a 1,500 lb. tow capacity.

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Perfect for all your summer adventures!


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There were so many awesome products on display in Oregon!

In case you didn’t get to see all the things, our Director of Editorial, @rick_stowe, did your shopping for you, picking out the “Best Gear of Overland Expo PNW”.

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Thank you to all who joined our awesome Overland Expo Training program this past weekend 💪

From vehicle repair, first aid, using a winch, and other recovery tricks, our training attendees now have so many new skills to use on their next adventure.

Thank you to @bfgoodrichtires and @comeup.winch for helping us teach the necessities.

See you all out on the trail!

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THANK YOU all for an amazing Overland Expo PNW 2024! What an incredible weekend 🥳

To all our sponsors, exhibitors, instructors, attendees, and staff, we are so grateful to have you as part of this community.

Let’s do it again in August at Mountain West!

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