• 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…

  • Get the most out of your Hiking and Camping Gear

    Get the most out of your Hiking and Camping Gear

    Adventure awaits! Your backpack’s packed, boots are laced, and you are excited to head out into nature. But before you go on to that mountain peak or pitch your tent, you need to check your hiking and camping gear. There is nothing worse than finding out your air mattress is a bust hours from a…

  • 2024 Hiking Log

    2024 Hiking Log

    This 2024 Hiking Log will be updated every week after I complete a hike to track the trail, the mileage, and all of the hikes I will do this year. Date Trail Distance January 3, 2024 Rockfish Valley River Loop 1.7 miles January 5, 2024 Section of the Rivanna Trail 2.8 miles January 7, 2024…

  • Austin Mountain and Furnace Mountain Loop

    Austin Mountain and Furnace Mountain Loop

    The Austin Mountain and Furnace Mountain Loop offers a great hiking experience through the scenic Shenandoah National Park. This 9-mile loop takes you through forests, across streams, and up to breathtaking viewpoints. Trail Overview Trailhead and Access: Starting at the Browns Gap parking lot at mile marker 83 on Skyline Drive, you’ll begin with hiking…

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