Hike the Gathland State Park trails

In 1884, the war correspondent George Alfred Townsend, known by his pen name “Gath” visited Crampton’s Gap for the first time. Weeks later, he purchased the land that straddles the pass and began building his baronial summer retreat. Gath wrote for the both The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Herald before becoming washington correspondent […]

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Hike Sky Meadows State Park

A boy enjoys the view of the Virginia Countryside from Ambassador Whitehouse Overlook in Sky Meadows State Park.

Virginia has 63 State Parks, and Sky Meadows is the jewel in the crown. Gifted to the state in 1975 by philanthropist Paul Mellon, the thousand acre park earned its name from a former owner who likened his farm to Scotland’s Isle of Skye. It’s also a fitting name for a park dominated by mountain […]

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Lake Accotink Park Vacation!

The marina at Lake Accotink.

Lake Accotink Park is a mini-vacation, complete with pedal boats, kayak rentals, a 9-green double holed miniature golf course, antique carousel, and a snack bar. Like Burke Lake, Lake Accotink Park allows cyclists to ride the entire shoreside trail. The short trail also connects with extreme mountain biking trails on the north side of the […]

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