Hiking

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Walnut Creek Park in Albemarle County, Virginia

    Walnut Creek Park in Albemarle County, Virginia

    Looking for a fun outdoor escape near Charlottesville? Check out Walnut Creek Park! There are fifteen miles of trails, throughout the entire area, provide the perfect opportunity for mountain biking, running, and hiking.  It’s a great alternative for when you can get up to Skyline Drive or Blue Ridge Parkway in the winter and the…

  • Setting Hiking Goals for 2024 with ideas for inspiration

    Setting Hiking Goals for 2024 with ideas for inspiration

    I’ve been sorting out my hiking goals for 2024 because know that when you have direction you can stay more focused and motivated for creating your adventure. When I started hiking in early 2023, I began because I knew this was the way to my well-being – physically and mentally. More specifically I started hiking…

  • Leave No Trace: Hike Responsible

    Leave No Trace: Hike Responsible

    Leave No Trace Principles is a simple concept often ignored. I’ve gone on hikes where I have seen no trash or hikes where I have seen a ton of trash left behind. And here’s the thin when you leave behind your trash you not only hurting the environment, you are putting animals lives in danger….

  • Snacks for a full day hiking trip

    Snacks for a full day hiking trip

    I often think about my snacks in advance before heading out for a hiking adventure. I am planning a 9 to 11 miles which will require water and food to sustain. I thought today I would share what that looks like before I tackle a challenging mountain trail or enjoy a leisurely hike in the…

  • Benefits of Hiking Alone and Safety Considerations

    Benefits of Hiking Alone and Safety Considerations

    I’ve been sharing my adventures on social media after hiking alone and a few people have some comments about it, and I wanted to address them here! I think because I grew up in foster care, I have a tendency to just go for things. Over the years I learned that allowing fear and anxiety…

  • How to prepare for a full day hiking trip

    How to prepare for a full day hiking trip

    Hiking is such a great way to explore nature, get some exercise, and enjoy the great outdoors. However, a successful hike requires more than just lacing up your boots and hitting the trail. Proper preparation can make the difference between a memorable adventure and a challenging ordeal. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just starting…

  • Discovering Nature On The Local Trail

    Discovering Nature On The Local Trail

    Exploring the great outdoors is an amazing experience, like discovering nature, and for those in Charlottesville, the Saunders-Monticello Trail at Kemper Park offers an exceptional opportunity to reconnect with nature. Nestled just a few miles from Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s historic home, this trail is perfect for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Kemper Park spans…

  • The Benefits of Hiking

    The Benefits of Hiking

    I don’t know about you, but life can be filled with too much noise leaving very little room for some peace. I switched from running to hiking in recent weeks. And let’s be honest, hiking is more than just a walk in the park. It’s an adventure that comes with added benefits not just for…

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