Eastern Hiking

West Virginia’s Grandview Rim Trail – Seen Through New Eyes

by Lisa Strader Have you even taken a guided hike? Although I live just minutes from a National Park and several state parks I had never taken a (free!) ranger led hike. Well this past spring I did, and wow, I would have to say it was not only a great hike, it was interesting and the group learned a ... Read More »

Incredible Richness of Summer Life in The Catskills

by Dave Holden As I’ve described in other high-summers, the richness of this time is so visceral, so intensely, physically, in-your-face real, that it is almost hard to believe. Everything is alive – the sky dancing with little lightning-spark fireflies, maybe turned on by real lightning or even the heat-lightning pulsing silently through the summer clouds; the very air itself ... Read More »

West Virginia’s Hidden Hiking Gem: Endless Wall Trail

By Lisa Strader In southern West Virginia some of us hike for fun, some for that sense of peace you can only get from walking through a canopied forest high above the river or right along the banks, and some of us hike for the exercise. Well I have to say I hike for all three! I’m very fortunate to ... Read More »

Hiking the New River Gorge in West Virginia

by Lisa Strader This year, Visit Southern West Virginia embarked on a trails campaign to promote the awesome hiking and biking trails in our region. The campaign inspired me, and my co-workers Maura and Becky, to get out and experience the wilderness we have in our backyard (literally). We decided to start in the New River Gorge National River.  This ... Read More »

Virginia’s Crabtree Falls: Highest Vertical-drop Cascading Waterfall East of the Mississippi

from Nelson County, Virginia Crabtree Falls, the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River, is a popular attraction located in Nelson County, Virginia, just six miles off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 27. Physical address is 11581 Crabtree Falls Highway Montebello. Crabtree Falls features a series of five major cascades and a number of smaller ones ... Read More »