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New to backpacking, picked this trail section because you had some getting off spots if needed, and we did. Total fail of rain gear and a tumble on slippery down hill sent us to a hostel for the second night of our trip. This is a serious up hill trail. But we will be back. It was so awesome to stand on top of calf mountain.

on Blue Ridge Parkway

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5 months ago

scenic driving
11 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Beautiful part of Virginia. Crosses over Skyline Drive in several places making for easy access. Difficulty is moderate to easy.

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Very fun hiking seen a bear and deer it was well worth the trip

Thursday, June 02, 2016

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Saturday, April 09, 2016

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

scenic driving
Sunday, January 17, 2016

scenic driving
Monday, December 21, 2015

I have been back to the Parkway many, many times over the years...but have just now finally completed the last section I had not traveled. A true treasure. Hopefully I get the chance to experience it all in one wonderful drive sometime soon.

Best way to spend time

hiking
Saturday, September 05, 2015

scenic driving
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This beautiful parkway is a valuable piece of Americana. Although it runs from exit #99 on I-64 in Virginia to Cherokee, North Carolina, we got on in Cherokee and ran North. We hiked a few of the 300ish trails along the parkway and goofed off a little, That took two days. You could drive it all in one long day if you only wanted to drive it. There are many slowpokes so do not expect to break any speed records along the 469 miles of curvy road. I have been on many parts of the parkway over the years but always wanted to do it end to end. Now I want to take a camper and spend a month up there.

hiking
Friday, February 21, 2014

I went from Black Rock Gap to Pine Gap (AT shelter there), approximately 15 miles. It was hilly in a couple places, but nothing major. The trail went through vegetation tunnels and we saw bear scat, but didn't run into any bears. There were numerous places to stop and enjoy the view which really helped the enjoyment factor. About halfway, there is a stream with a good water supply. Since it crosses Skyline Drive several times, you never feel like you're too far away from civilization - but all the places were closed. Since we went off season, we only saw two other people on the trail. Nice!