Where are you planning to hike once the snow melts and the sun returns? If you’re like me, you’re looking at maps, following blogs, and figuring out all the great places in the Blue Ridge to explore when the days get longer and the weekends warmer. And there are SO many places to go!
I’ve hiked a lot in Shenandoah National Park and I still haven’t scratched the surface of places to hike. As soon as the snow melts, I’ll be heading to Stony Man Mountain, a short hike that will provide amazing views and start getting me in shape for the season. Dark Hollow Falls is also on my itinerary – it’s another short hike down to a beautiful waterfall, and it’s just off Skyline Drive in the Central District.
I tend to spend most of my time in the Central District of Skyline Drive, but this year, I’m also planning to get to know the Northern District near Front Royal — Overall Run promises to be a nice long hike that I plan to tackle once I get my climbing legs back, and I’m also planning to spend more time in the George Washington National Forest on some awesome hikes like Big Schloss and Strickler Knob.
The Tuscarora Trail also beckons me – this 252 mile long trail traverses Virginia, WV, Maryland and Pennsylvania and offers some of the best that the Blue Ridge has to offer. This bypass of the Appalachian Trail is far less frequented and allows hikers to traverse some truly remote and scenic parts of the mountains.
Life is too short to hike the same trails over and over again, and I can’t wait to see what else I can discover in 2016. In the meantime, I’m enjoying sitting in front of a roaring fire plotting out adventures on my maps. See you on the trails!