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  • Bear Den Mountain Via Appalachian Trail

    Bear Den Mountain Via Appalachian Trail

    Not too long ago I ventured out to Bear Den Mountain via Appalachian which is a 7.7-mile out-and-back trail near Greenwood, Virginia. This trail is inside Shenandoah National Park which charges a fee to enter. Trail Overview If you’re looking for a challenging hike with some views this trail is a good choice. This is…

  • Kemper Park of Monticello

    Kemper Park of Monticello

    The advantage of living in Central Virginia is that many trails are available to me like Kemper Park in Monticello. This park seemingly hidden gives you the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for just a little while. Trail Overview Kemper Park is part of the Saunders-Monticello Trail system and has…

  • Cole Mountain Via Appalachian Trail

    Cole Mountain Via Appalachian Trail

    Cole Mountain is a popular hiking destination located in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia. The mountain is part of the Appalachian Trail and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The trail to the summit is challenging, but the reward is well worth the effort. The Cole Mountain hike is a 6-mile loop…

  • Saddleback Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail

    Saddleback Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail

    Saddleback Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail is a moderately challenging 5.9-mile loop that offers a delightful escape into the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Saddleback Mountain Loop is located in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia via the Swift Run Gap Entrance in Elkton, VA. You can park your car at the parking lot…

  • Sugar Hollow to Big Branch Falls

    Sugar Hollow to Big Branch Falls

    Sugar Hollow to Big Branch Falls is a popular hiking trail located in Albemarle County, Virginia, even on the cooler days of the year. The trail is approximately 4.5 miles long and is rated as moderate difficulty. It’s quite popular so you want to get there early enough to get a parking spot! The trail…

  • Turk Mountain

    Turk Mountain

    Turk Mountain is a prominent peak located in the southern district of Shenandoah National Park. With an elevation of 2625 feet, it offers a challenging yet rewarding hike for outdoor enthusiasts. The trail to the summit is approximately 2.4 miles long and is rated as moderate to difficult due to its steep inclines and rocky…

  • Keeping Your Dog on a Leash on Trails

    Keeping Your Dog on a Leash on Trails

    I, like many other dog owners, enjoy taking their dog on outdoor adventures. And it’s tempting to let your dog roam free, but it’s important keep your dog on a leash for several reasons. While your dog may be very well trained, there is still the potential for your dog to get lost. Dogs can…

  • Exploring Central Virginia and its Hiking Trails

    Exploring Central Virginia and its Hiking Trails

    When I moved to Central Virginia, I had no idea what I would find in my proverbial backyard. There are days when planning a trail and I have to just about toss a coin between going on the Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway, two iconic scenic drives that wind their way through the…

  • Top 5 Beginner-Friendly Hikes in Central Virginia

    Top 5 Beginner-Friendly Hikes in Central Virginia

    Central Virginia boasts a stunning portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, offering breathtaking vistas and diverse hiking experiences. But if you’re new to hiking, navigating the trails can be overwhelming. This list explores 5 beginner-friendly hikes, perfect for anyone seeking a scenic introduction to these iconic mountain ranges. 1. Humpback Rocks (Blue…

  • Rivanna Trail Charlottesville: A Comprehensive Guide

    Rivanna Trail Charlottesville: A Comprehensive Guide

    The Rivanna Trail in Charlottesville, Virginia is a 20+ mile trail that surrounds the city and offers a scenic and peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The trail is open to hikers, runners, and bikers and provides a variety of terrain, including wooded areas, open fields, and river views. One of…

  • Spring Hiking Essentials for Hiking Solo in Central Virginia

    Spring Hiking Essentials for Hiking Solo in Central Virginia

    When it comes to hiking, Central Virginia offers some of the most scenic trails in the country. However, when you are hiking solo you need to be prepared and equipped with the right gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. As the weather warms up and the spring season approaches, it’s important to have…

  • Crabtree Falls Trail: A Scenic Hike in Nelson County

    Crabtree Falls Trail: A Scenic Hike in Nelson County

    Crabtree Falls Trail, located in Nelson County, Virginia, is a popular destination for people. The trail is known for its stunning waterfalls and views, and if you’re in the area it is a must-visit spot. Location: Tyro, VirginiaTrail Type: Out + BackDistance: Approximately 3.6 miDifficulty: Moderate to StrenuousElevation Gain: Approximately 1,135 feet The trail is…

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