BSA Troop 363 of Orlando, FL considers this one of its favorite camping destinations. On this occasion we hiked in on October 21, making one wrong turn, for those who remember. The GPS coordinates listed is the hike out. This is in the Little Big Econ State Forest.
Troop 363 from Orlando, FL went on a hike at Fort De Soto Park. The hike included observing cannons and the bunkers at an old fort, some basic orienteering and finding a geocache at the end of the hike.
This is a nice local boardwalk through Sweetwater Park. It reminds me of going back to the times of the dinosaurs with the large elephant ear plants and huge Cypress trees.
This is an area with nice views of the Roanoke River and a nature trail that identifies native trees.
My full description can be read below. The fort is not much to look at. In fact, it is used by the Washington DC Water Authority. You cannot go on the property without permission. So, I walked around the perimeter.http://climbinghighwithbrian.blogspot.com/2007/03/reno-resevoir-washington-dc.html
I hiked this one with my English Bulldog, Zoe. A detailed description of my trip can be found at the link below. http://climbinghighwithbrian.blogspot.com/2006/12/spruce-knob-wv.html
I hiked this one with some good friends while on break from seminary. I think they mentioned that it has the quickest elevation change of any hike in Virginia. It was difficult, but well worth it. And to think that we did it in December. The weather was gorgeous.
You can read my full description of the hike here. I should mention, it is best to drive the first portion of this journey. Turn off of Route 6 onto the dirt road. Most two wheel drive cars should make it to the main mine entrance. From there, the hike begins. http://climbinghighwithbrian.blogspot.com/2006/10/boundary-peak-nv.html
I think I counted 7 river crossings on this trail. You cannot keep your feet dry unless you have gaiters. There are beautiful flowers along the way, but also bugs.