Hiking The Wagon Trail

Hiking The Wagon Trail

A fairly level trail on our property, actually an old wagon road, leads from the top of our driveway to the western edge of our property where a creek marks that boundary of the third parcel.  It is about 3/4 of a mile out and back, a 20 minute walk at a slow pace. ...
Grayson – Highlands State Park

Grayson – Highlands State Park

We have been camping within a 3 hour drive of Roanoke, exploring all the state and local parks we are able to.  Our favorite by a long shot is to spend a weekend in Grayson-Highlands in the spring. You want to get in there the first or second week of May and the...
Biking The New River Trails

Biking The New River Trails

Another favorite camping spot is New River.  We take our bikes and make a weekend of exploring the ‘rail trails’ (many are built on defunct railroad right-of-way paths) and neighboring cities that are accessible by trail.  If you go in the spring, the warm...
Hiking The Channels

Hiking The Channels

Certainly a top destination hike for us was The Channels. We drove to Abingdon to stay at Riverside Campground (nice enough, but unless you get a site by the river things are quite plain). We started off early to hike The Channels, which turned out to be a very good...
Hiking The Cascades

Hiking The Cascades

Frozen waterfall hikes abound in this area.  A particularly beautiful one is the Cascades National Recreation Trail, a couple hours south.  It is a great hike any time of year but in winter it becomes spectacular.  The Cascades allows you to hike up to the falls,...
Natural Tunnel State Park

Natural Tunnel State Park

Driving south you can visit Natural Tunnel State Park. Sure, it’s a big hole in the ground but it’s a very nice hike down and you can get a chairlift ride back up (they even allowed our dog to ride with us which was a hoot). There are also other side hikes...

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