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    Jennifer cooper reviewed Mt Aeneas Summit Trail

    29 days ago

    What a great trail! First off use the directions AllTrails gives u in order to get to the parking lot, we didn't at first and got lost. Secound it is like 7 miles of gravel and dust up steep hills to get to the parking lot. Then when u begin hiking I highly recomend taking trail 717 to the summit at Mt.Aetenas, we did this and then took 717 to 392 to 7 to 68 to 8 to get back to the parking lot. From the summit to the first snow field coming down the other side is very steep, technical and potentially dangerous, I would hate to slip. Then there is lots and lots and lots of snow coming down that way, no snow going up 717 to summit, so if u don't want to deal with walking and slideing through snow then I recomend taking 717 back down the same way you came up. We hiked on 7/16/18. I can't imagine trying to hike up the snow fields, it would probably be very difficult and take a long time. The views are spectacular no matter which way u come and go. Amazing views, goats, and lots and lots of bugs. We coated ourselves in bug spray before we left and then again at the summit, we snacked at the top snd were really trying not to accidently eat bugs.

    Jennifer cooper reviewed Gunsight Pass Trail

    about 1 month ago

    We did part of this trail, we started at the gunsight pass parking lot and went as far as we could which according to my gps watch was 8.6 miles, and 8 on my husbands apple watch, before we hit a big sheet of snow that we could not cross, this was above the lake before the pass, we tryed to test out a couple of feet, and couldn't do it, it is slippery snow and you can't really make foot holes with the running shoes we had on, maybe with clamp ons :/ most of the hike was scenic, we saw a moose that heard us from probably half a mile away and took off running. The trail was pretty overgrown, your legs are getting rubbed most of the trail.

    Jennifer cooper completed Gunsight Pass Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Jennifer cooper reviewed Laurel Hill Park MTB Trail

    about 1 month ago

    I'm pretty much a beginner at mountain bikeing. I had a lot of fun here, It's not to difficult, but it was 94 dehrees out and had a good workout after an hour of this trail and doing the apple orchard trail twice. No other bikes out during the week day I was there which was nice because I'm pretty slow. Easier then fountain head which was nice, lots of rolling sections.

    Jennifer cooper completed Laurel Hill Park MTB Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Jennifer cooper reviewed Colonial Parkway

    2 months ago

    Do not bicycle on this road!!!! We had bicycled from Charles City Courthouse to James Town one day and a couple told us if we took the Colonial Parkway we could go all the way to York Town. So we did and it was extremly dangerous and frightining. The Colonial Parkway pretty much turns into a highway cars are really close going really fast!!! Then there is a tunnel with no shoulders which you are not allowed to bicycle through because it is pitch black and there is no shoulders. So to get around the tunnel you have to get through Colonial Williamsburg which both my dad and I who had gotten seperated both got lost in. Stick with The VA CapitL Trail, it is my favorite trail in VA, not many road crossings, not many people and beaufiful surroundings!!!

    Jennifer cooper completed Colonial Parkway

    2 months ago

    Jennifer cooper reviewed Potomac Overlook Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I walked this trail just to check it out after doing the Crows Nest Overlook Trail. This one is single track. There really isn't much of an overlook on this one, at least in August, just a nice quiet walk in the woods with lots of birds and bugs, don't forget you bug spray, and stick for absorbing the spider webs. Also don't forget to bring a towel to wipe the spider webs off with when you get back.

    Jennifer cooper updated Potomac Overlook Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer cooper reviewed Crows Nest Point Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I did this trail as my first trail at Crows Nest. I did it as a slow trail run/jog. This is very much like a rail trail. this trail is not very technical for a trail. it's rolling hills, nothing major. This trail is wide most of the way, like a fire road. Not to much to see, but if you want to experience nature with out worrying to much about elevation, or technical footing this is the trail for you. there is a little bit of single track towards the water end of the trail, but not to much. There are some interesting old grave stone, one was from a person that was related to one of the signers of the Decleration of Independence. There is also an overlook/rest bench at the end where you can see over the water, but there are a lot of trees in the way, so not the greatest view. There are some interesting sounding birds that I don't normally here, I don't know what they were though, and lots of little frogs.

    Jennifer cooper updated Crows Nest Point Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer cooper reviewed Accokeek Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    This trail is the best one in my opinion of Crows Nest Natural Area. This is a great place that is finally set aside from development, and well worth it. The best part about this path is it is mostly single track, so there are twists and turns, ups and downs, and lot of roaded Dendrin that will look great when it blooms. There are lots of bugs, just like everywhere else in Virginia in August, and spider webs. The marsh land is nice, and lots of birds to listen to. There are also lots of little frogs, try not to step on them. There is a birding trail a half mile long that can be accessed from this trail, which I am excited to do on a day when my dog is not having such a hard time in the heat.

    Jennifer cooper updated Accokeek Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer cooper reviewed Avalanche Lake via the Trail of the Cedars

    about 1 year ago

    Nice trail, but way to many people. It was like walking through the mall, except there were deer, and they were stressed looking because they were trying to eat and drink and 20 people were trying to take their picture. This was also not the best trail in the park, but if you want a short 4 mile hike with decent reward this one is for you. If you want a long scenic quiet peacefull hike do Dawson pass or another one between 15-20 miles.

    Jennifer cooper reviewed Iceberg Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Ok, this trail isen't bad, but over rated. The views are nice, but not the best in the park, and waaaaay to many people on the saturday we hiked it. There are trails with better views.

    Jennifer cooper completed Iceberg Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer cooper reviewed Lake McDonald Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I ran this one while my husband rested from hikeing. I started at the lakemcdonald
    west shore/Rocky Point trail head. I ran about 5 miles out where I came to part of the campground and the lake, then decided to come back. I ran with a large camelback, bear spray, and my phone playing music because there was very few people on this trail. The views of the mountains were amazeing, the only complaint I have about this trail was it was over grown, so if Inwas hikeing I eould have been a little irritated by all the brush smacking my legs. I was running so I wasn't as focused on it, and the views r pretty awesome for a trail run. It was a little hilly in spots, definetly not flat, but one can always walk the hills.

    Jennifer cooper completed Lake McDonald Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer cooper reviewed Dawson Pass and Pitamakan Pass Loop

    about 1 year ago

    We hiked this trail on June 27, 2017. We did the Pitamakan trail to allmost the top of Dawson Pass, maybe less then a quartermile from the top of the pass and then there was a sheet of snow at a very steep angle and we didn't want to chance it especially not knowing what the other side looked like. The Pitamakan Trail was the best trail we did in the park, it got very slow towards the pass with the steep assents, but most amazing views of all the hikes. We started at the campground by the bridge then after the bridge turned right. We did 8.3 miles to the pass then turned around and did 8.3 miles back to the car. It was obviously a lot faster comeing back. It was 3,096' rlevation gain on the 8.3 miles out and a couple hundred on the way back. We didn't see any bears, but a Marmot. There were not many hikers on this trail which was nice, but we played music in the dense forrest areas so we wouldn't surprise the bears.

    Jennifer cooper reviewed Bull Run - Occoquan Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    We started at Bull Run Regional Park and ran to Ocaquan Regional Park. I expected this trail to be more interesting then it turned out to be. There really wasn't any scenic views, all woods. It starts out relatively flat, but gets really hilly from about mile 11 through 18. There is also no water fountains along the way so you have to carry your water. We parked at Atlantis Water Park which is near the trail head on the Bull Run Side.

    Jennifer cooper completed Bull Run Trail

    almost 3 years ago