April 29, 2022
Written by Katy Ward, Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventure
It’s getting to be that time…time to make some summer plans! Lucky for you, we are located in a state absolutely full of adventure – there’s something to suit everyone’s fancy! We believe that everyone is capable of venturing out and trying something new. Hopefully, with the help of this list, you will find something that catches your attention and plan your own trip. Let’s jump in!
This hike is an absolute blast! After a short 1-mile hike, you find yourself at the base of an 8-acre rock scramble. From the bottom, you can’t even see the top peak. What makes this adventure fun is you get to pick how you climb, and if you do not feel like climbing there’s a trail that follows the rocks to the top. This climb is the perfect mixture of rock climbing/bouldering, hiking, and sightseeing. It can be as easy or as technical as you want it to be. There are no set paths; you create your path the whole way up! On the way down, you can choose to climb your way back to the trail, or you can take the parallel trail back down.
A couple of notes:
This is one of the lesser-known rivers in Virginia, as it is mostly surrounded by private properties. However, there are a couple of public access points where you can park and get ready for the river! Stretching 34 miles, the Tye River has a little something for everyone. Fly fishing, bird watching, tubing, swimming holes, kayaking, and canoeing are some of the activities you can enjoy. Kayaking is my personal favorite! This river boasts beautiful scenes winding through the Blue Ridge Mountains until it collides with the James River. With rapids running from Classes I–II+, there are some technical spots that are fun for more advanced water sportsman while not being too difficult for a beginner. The river is not very wide, which makes group trips all the more fun.
Things you should know:
Located in George Washington National Forest, this fire tower is one of only three fire towers in GWNF and makes for the ultimate picnic views. A 2-mile hike up the Shenandoah Mountain leads to the base of the fire tower. This is a pretty simple trip, but the views are unmatched. If you can, try to go on a weekday when it is not as busy. Take a friend and have one of the prettiest picnics you will ever have! You will not regret it.
Make sure to remember:
No matter where you choose to adventure this summer, remember to research each location and have a plan. We hope you try something new and if you decide to take any of these trips, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org! We love to hear about your stories.