Apple Orchard Falls – Nice Hike

Some years back I was speaking with Tom, a friend who had just retired from the United States Forest Service as an Engineer.  Now Tom is an amazing resource for all things National Forest. He…


Sherando Lake Recreation Area

The Jefferson National Forest, near Stewart Draft Virginia is where you will find Sherando Lake. This is a great family get away with lots of outdoor activities including, swimming, fishing, camping, picnicking, canoeing and hiking….


Outdoor Enthusiast Playground

Deep in the heart of Virginia’s Botetourt County is a secluded outdoor enthusiast playground called Arcadia. To most it’s just an exit off Interstate 81 with a gas station and little motel up on the…


Holding Church at Douthat Lake

This morning (Sunday) I arrived at Douthat Lake at 7:30 AM (in Douthat State Park). The fog was just rising from the lake and the water was like glass. All was calm and serene as…