hiking

The Heart of Adventure

Recently my wife and I hiked the six mile trail known as Cole Mountain Loop, in Amherst Virginia. For five miles the trail gently climbs 1400 feet to its summit. The trail bores its way…


North Creek in Arcadia

 It was a cool 30 degrees today in the forest. I spent some time in North Creek close to North Creek Campground. This is a beautiful area which is just minutes from Buchanan, VA. The…


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…


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…