I hiked the Cabin Creek Trail, Twin Pinnacles Loop and a little bit of the Appalachian Trail at Grayson Highlands State Park in southwest Virginia. All told, it was 7.1 miles with well over 1,000 feet of elevation gain (my GPS unit says 1900 but it always vastly inflates elevation gain estimates). A great park to hike in the off-season. Trip write-up to at Two-Heel Drive.
This park along the Blue Ridge Parkway has a pair of nice trails -- a flat, easy 2.5-mile hike around Price Lake and a moderate 5-mile hike along the Boone Fork Trail on the north side of the Parkway. The parks are very popular with families but once you get beyond the popular gathering places, the hiking is very nice. Trip write-up at Two-Heel Drive.
Took Snickers on the trail today. It was a beautiful day with a lot of sunshine.
Bring water. If you are walking a dog, it would be good to bring a portable water dish and water for them. There are porta-johns available.
Logging trucks tore up Hastings road between Buffalo Calf and Long Run near Salem. Also a drilling company has been working two years off of a County right of way (Hastings ) and not done any remedial environmental work at all. WV DNR take note.
Attempted to hike from Boone Fork Trailhead (mile 299.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway) to Callaway Peak at Grandfather Mountain in western North Carolina. Had to turn back about about 2 miles in because foot-deep snow was obscuring the trails. Went up Daniel Boone Boy Scout Trail, which becomes snow-covered past the Flat Rock trail junction.
The River Section of Pilot Mountain State Park is in a very remote section of countryside northwest of Winston-Salem (in contrast to Pilot Mountain's main section, which is right next door to U.S. Route 52).Trails are not super plentiful, but if you like taking walks along a lazy river, it's worth checking out.
15-mile out-and-back hike along the Corridor Trial, which connects the main section of Pilot Mountain State Park and the lower section along the Yadkin River. Trip write-up at Two-Heel Drive.
Multiple stream crossings mean it's likely you'll get your feet wet. Good hike for exercise -- lots of up and down, hills are relatively short -- but not much in the way of scenery. Mostly tree tunnel.
Nicest sections of the Sauratown Trail I've seen so far (seven down, nine to go). These sections head west out of Hanging Rock State Park -- the terrain is far more rugged on this end compared to the western end at Pilot Mountain State Park.
Mike Kaza and I walked the dikes on a cloudy winter day. We decided to cut back across the marsh, the Shiawassee River, and some flooded timber. It turned out to be a difficult hike in parts because the marsh grass was supporting a thin layer of ice. We broke through many times but managed to stay dry.
The LAB2V (Los Angeles to Barstow to Las Vegas) Dual Sport Tour is a
motorcycle event that began as an off-road race from Barstow to Vegas
in the '60s. This year was the 26th annual event. The ride is a
two-day event, starting this year in Palmdale, CA, overnighting in
Barstow, CA, and finishing in Las Vegas, NV. There were over 350
participants, all riding street-legal dirt bikes.