Welcome to these Outdoor Adventure pages, I am sure you will find many interesting areas of outdoor interest. We will be listing current Outdoor Events on this page weekly. One of the most gratifying elements of being an innkeeper is helping guests on an outdoor outing or adventure that just might provide a memory for life for them. We have lots of maps, local knowledge and a detailed Trail and Outdoor book here at the Lodge that will help give you ideas in addition to those listed on our Outdoor Adventure pages here. http://www.llodge.com/outdoor-adventures/hiking-adventures.html
FEB 15- Waterfall hikes are great right now as our rainfall amount so far this year has been 5''. Hiking is always fun this time of year, weather permitting. Lodge guests love the little Woods Creek Trail Trail Loop in town which follows a dandy little stream, Start from the Lodge and do either 3.5 or 5 miles without leaving the town. Enjoy both VMI and W&L campuses as well wildlife along the way. The Chessie Trail 5 minutes drive from the Lodge is a down and back trail which follows the very scenic Maury River- wildlife viewing is usually great. Cold- Mountain Old Hotel trailis one of the best trails in Va- 5.75 long in the George Washington National Forest -loop which includes 2 miles on the Appachian Trail- `1400' elevation change to summit at 4050' The breathtaking 360 deg view is awesome. We have plenty more in our hiking book.
Flyfishing Trips Are Outstanding Now
Other Recommended Hikes This Month:
Cold Mt.-Old Hotel Trail mile Loop includes Appalachian Trail with 360 degree view at 4050' Elev. This one is hard to beat. better than anything on the Skyline Drive- 1400' elev. change
Crabtree Falls- Highest cascade of Falls E. of the Mississippi -scenic dive up the Blue Ridge Parkway to get there- can access the Appalachian Trail also-good workout.
Roaring Run Day Use National Forest Area- Features a nice little.6 mile walk up a high energy mountain trout stream to a set of 30' falls. Great for wildflower study, the fast water will energize you for sure.
Hidden Valley Trail- Easy hike in Bath County- National Forest hike up the Jackson River- lots of wildflowers and wild game- trout fishing. Enjoy the historic Warm Springs Pools on te way back as you take the healing waters in structures that back into the 1700's.
Cornelius Loop- This is a 7.5 mile hike that takes up one dandy little native Brook trout streams and brings you down another with the beautiful Apple Orchard Falls along the way. You also get to experience hiking on the Appalachian Trail
Rich Hole Wilderness- can be done as an up and back into black bear country for a great work out from the North end. Trail crosses North Branch, native Brook trout stream
Outstanding Wildlife Viewing in The Area
(Richard Black Photography)
Guided Fly fishing trips on A Virginia Trout Stream Create Lifetime Memories
December is a GREAT MONTH TO LEARN TO FLYFISH and our INTRO Trip For Beginners is the Best in the state. Check out the trips on www.vatrout.com.
Sporting Clays- Learn to shoot clays this month from the expert Andy Tubb at The Glorious Twelfth www.theglorioustwelfth.com - great 1 on 1 instruction from Andy who has 25 years coaching experience.
Two nice golf courses are closeby, we can get you on the private very scenic Lexington Golf and Country Club 3 minutes to the first tee box. The public Vista Links course is only 10 minutes from the Lodge. January and February always have a few golfing days.
Twin Rivers Canoe Livery in Buchanan 20 minutes down the road has some terrific canoe and kayak trips this month. The James River has year round water for canoeing.
Enjoy an outstanding trail ride with expert Deborah Sensabaugh at Virginia Mountain Outfitters which is only 15 minutes away.
By the numbers: The Appalachian Trail
2,180 - Total mileage of the AT between Springer Mountain, in north Georgia, to Mount Katahdin, in central Maine.
15 - Years it took volunteers to complete the AT.
31 - Number of hiking clubs that volunteer to maintain the AT from Maine to Georgia.
250 - Approximate number of overnight shelters along the length of the AT.
5 million - Number of footsteps it takes to hike the length of AT.
500-600 - Average number of thru-hikers who complete the entire trek each year.
2,300 - Estimated number of thru-hikers who started northbound on the AT in the spring of 2012.
28 - Percentage of hikers each year who set out to thru-hike the AT and succeed.
5-7 - Average number of months it takes to complete the entire AT.
79 - Earl Shaffer's age when he completed the AT for the third time in 1998.
14 hours, 50 minutes, 22 seconds - Time of Smokies ranger David Worth's 2011 record-setting run of the AT's 72 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
46 days, 11 hours, 10 minutes - Women's overall speed record for hiking (supported) the AT, set in the summer of 2011 by Jennifer Pharr Davis.
80 days, 13 hours, 11 minutes - Women's record for hiking the AT (unsupported), set in 2001 by Elizabeth Thomas.
47 days, 13 hours, 31 minutes - Men's AT speed record (supported), set by Andrew Thompson in 2005