Check your info. Either your home isn't in Blacksburg or you're mistaken about the location of this hike. It's more like 3 hours from Blacksburg.
That said, you'd get a chance to see a number of different set-ups at the hang, but it would be good to try out a hammock at home first before hiking with it. Also, we don't discriminate against tents, so you could use what you're familiar with, if you wish.