Monthly Archives: July 2018

Eleanor’s Walk Trail (Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, NY)

Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States and the first US delegate to the United Nations, lived part of her life at Val-Kill, a quiet, wooded estate in Hyde Park, New York, just east of her husband Franklin Delano … Continue reading

Posted in Easy Hikes, Hudson River Valley, New York | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top Cottage Trail (Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, NY)

Springwood, the Hudson River Valley home of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is now preserved by the National Park Service in Hyde Park, New York. However, during his second term as president, Roosevelt also had built a separate cottage, intended as … Continue reading

Posted in Hudson River Valley, Moderate Hikes, New York | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vanderbilt Loop (Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, NY)

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York preserves the historic estate of Frederick Vanderbilt, grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the famous 19th century railroad tycoon. Reaping the success of his ancestors, Frederick owned considerable real estate across New … Continue reading

Posted in Easy Hikes, Hudson River Valley, New York | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Island in the Sky Trail (Babcock State Park, WV)

Dwarfed in size by nearby New River Gorge National River, Babcock State Park is often overlooked by visitors to southern West Virginia. Yet the park, most famous for its photogenic grist mill, offers several excellent hiking options. While the best … Continue reading

Posted in Babcock State Park, Uncategorized, West Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Butcher Branch Falls (New River Gorge National River, WV)

Southern West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River includes dozens of waterfalls, some easier to reach than others. Among the relatively simple is Butcher Branch Falls, which, despite being less than a half-mile from the Kaymoor Top Trailhead, is rarely … Continue reading

Posted in Moderate Hikes, New River Gorge National River, West Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fayette Station Road (New River Gorge National River, WV)

Before the New River Gorge Bridge—the longest arch bridge in the western hemisphere—was constructed in 1977, travelers across New River Gorge in southern West Virginia were forced to descend and ascend more than 800 feet in elevation on the slow … Continue reading

Posted in New River Gorge National River, Scenic Byways, West Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Whiteoak Canyon – Cedar Run Trail Loop (Shenandoah National Park, VA)

The nearly 8-mile trail up Whiteoak Canyon and down Cedar Run is easily one of the most scintillating loop hikes in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and features a string of excellent waterfalls that is perhaps unparalleled in the state. Except … Continue reading

Posted in Shenandoah National Park, Strenuous Hikes, Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Duncan Knob and Stricker Knob Loop (George Washington National Forest, VA)

This excellent hike combines two of the finest summits in northern Virginia in a strenuous circuit with considerable elevation gain and loss. The trek up Duncan and Strickler Knobs is not for the casual hiker; it involves significant climbs and … Continue reading

Posted in George Washington National Forest, Strenuous Hikes, Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Peninsula Campaign Driving Tour – Part 2

– Civil War Series – The 1862 Peninsula Campaign, intended by the Union to put a decisive end to the Civil War by capturing the Confederate capital of Richmond, began with a slow start. Gen. George McClellan, despite setting out … Continue reading

Posted in Civil War, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Scenic Byways, Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment