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Hiking Boots—Six Great Choices Your Feet Will Love

Hiking Boots—Six Great Choices Your Feet Will Love
Spring is walking time, whether you’ve chosen to hike to your favorite lake or get out on trails that finally are snow-free. Here are six boots…
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Antler Hikes-A Fun, New Way to Day Hike with Kids

Antler Hikes-A Fun, New Way to Day Hike with Kids
Taking your family on an antler hike puts a new twist on spring day hikes and sharpens everyone’s abilities to observe what’s around them…
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Backpacking the backcountry

Backpacking the backcountry
The backcountry: An isolated or remote area that only the most intrepid of campers will retreat to. Skipping out on the designated campsites and…
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7 Best Birdwatching Hikes in Virginia

7 Best Birdwatching Hikes in Virginia
Virginia’s diverse natural habitats, from the beaches on the eastern shore to the mountains and nature preserves, make for a fantastic place…
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7 Best Trail Running Spots in Virginia

7 Best Trail Running Spots in Virginia
Trail runners in Virginia have an embarrassment of riches to choose from. Should you head to the beach and the oft-sighted First Landing State Park?…
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Hiking safety in the winter

Hiking safety in the winter
If solitude is what you’re after, winter hiking can be very enjoyable. Most hiking trails are never crowded during the colder months. If you…
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Holiday gift ideas for hikers

Holiday gift ideas for hikers
The holidays are the perfect time of year to get all of the equipment the hiker in your life has been dreaming about! From trekking poles and…
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What you need to know for securing an emergency rescue

What you need to know for securing an emergency rescue
Vin T. Sparano, as excerpted from Complete Guide to Camping and Wilderness Survival RESCUE The survivor can dramatically improve his chances of…
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What is hypothermia? What are the signs?

What is hypothermia? What are the signs?
Vin T. Sparano, as excerpted from Complete Guide to Camping and Wilderness Survival HYPOTHERMIA Hypothermia is one of the major causes of death…
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Foot care while hiking

Foot care while hiking
Hiking isn’t just a walk in the woods. Terrain, distance, and weather challenge your feet in ways simple walking can’t compare. Needless…
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Staying found: Learn the basics of map and compass

Staying found: Learn the basics of map and compass
Many people who venture into our parks and wilderness areas never carry a compass. A lot of people who follow signs and stay on established trails…
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5 Energizing Hikes in Virginia

5 Energizing Hikes in Virginia
Virginian hikers enjoy many of the most rewarding trails on the East Coast. When it comes to upping the ante and pushing yourself on a more…
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5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Virginia

5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Virginia
Virginia’s devastatingly gorgeous foliage is one of the commonwealth’s most spectacular features. With hundreds of hikes to choose from,…
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5 Cool Rock Climbing Spots in Virginia

5 Cool Rock Climbing Spots in Virginia
Every year, Virginians enjoy hundreds of rock climbing opportunities. Between indoor training grounds and outdoor climbs that top thousands of feet…
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Bare necessities to carry in your daypack

Bare necessities to carry in your daypack
In an emergency, you never have enough gear, and when you’re hiking up steep mountains, anything you’re carrying is too much. So, what…
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Hiking Events Near You

Memorial Day 10K and 2 Mile Walk

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 8:00am
Depot Grille
Lynchburg, VA
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Troutville Trail Days

Saturday, Jun 2, 2018
Troutville Town Park
Troutville, VA
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