Appalachian Trail - Black Horse Gap to US 11
Went for a trail run on the AT. Getting up Fullhart Knob is a steep 2 to 3 mile challenge, but the rest is pretty easy going. The best view was in a cow pasture towards the end of the run.
Great Smoky National Park - Mount Sterling Summit via Big Creek, Swallow Fork, and Benton MacKaye Trails
Weekend trip with some buddies to the northern end of Great Smoky National Park. 4100 feet of elevation gain to bag this summit. An old steel lookout tower provides an outstanding view at the top, although it was much to cold to enjoy it too much when we went. Night-time temps on the mountain were at 4 degrees F. Burrrr.
Roanoke River Greenway - Vic Thomas and Wasena Parks
Went for a run on the Roanoke River Greenway. The greenway recently expanded into the new Vic Thomas Park. There are exercise stations along the greenway in this park.
Green Hill Park - Roanoke River Greenway, Pawpaw Trail, Craig Climb, Meadowview Loop, and Walton Way
There is nearly one mile of paved trail on the Roanoke River Greenway and a couple miles of hiking trails in Green Hill Park. I did a little trail run/hike on snow-covered ground. It was peaceful and quiet and most enjoyable.
Appalachian Trail - Rt 311 to Rt 220
This is an absolutely gorgeous backpacking trip. 20 miles packed with plenty of breathtaking views such as McAfee's Knob, Tinker Cliffs, Hay Rock, and Carvin's Cove. It is possible to make this hike in one day, actually it is called the Catawba Challenge if you are so up for it. For this trip, though, I went with some buddies and we made it into a 3 day - 2 night backpacking trip.
Dragon's Tooth via Dragon's Tooth, Boy Scout, and Appalachian Trails
Dragon's Tooth has been on my list to hike ever since moving to Roanoke. I finally got to it when my good friend, Chris, called me up. He was taking his 5-yr old son for a backpacking trip and asked me to come along. We tackled about 2 miles the first day and set up camp. We were up early in the morning to tackle the more technical summit (technical for a hiking trip, at least). The view from the top is breath taking.
Cascade Falls - Lower Trail
I've been wanting to get out to Cascades Falls for awhile. Friends from
church mentioned they were going to head out. No better way than to
see the trail than with friends. My family packed up our bags and
headed out. Everyone had a great time. We took the Lower Falls Trail.
Sophia, our 12-week old, had a great time on her first hike. She was a
champ. Chase, our 2 year old, had a good time visiting the
"waterball," singing songs along the way. Due to some dry weather, the
falls were not a full flow, but it was still beautiful. I hope to get
back in the winter to see the falls frozen.
Explore Park - Forester's Loop (green blaze)
There are miles of trails in Explore Park to explore. Unfortuantly, the buildings are not being maintained at this time, but the trails are still nice.