Saturday, September 28, 2013

9/07 Another Parkway hike

I drove up 181 and hit the parkway rolling south. I hiked into 2 obscure trailheads that were a little disappointing so I decided to go see what kind of shape Woods Mountain was in. The beginning right off the parkway/Hwy 80 was a little weedy but otherwise it was in great shape. I didn't see another person from when I left the parking lot til I came back!
I've got to get my bike back up there...

Tanawha Trail right off the parkway.

The Tanawha Trail starts out just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Beacon Heights trail head, mile post 305.2, parallels the parkway for a lot of its course and ends near Julian Price Park. The entire trail is almost 14 miles long and it has several trails intersecting it. I haven't been on all of it yet but I've managed to hike the sections around the viaduct, Beacon Heights area, Wilson Creek headwaters area, Rough Ridge area and the section close to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail leading up towards Grandfather. I would have to say I enjoyed the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Beacon Heights and the Rough Ridge most as far as views and being out of earshot of the Parkway but the Tanawha Trail is a great one for getting in some mileage fast. Another stumbling block is that I was denied twice because Felix was with me. They don't allow "Man's Best Friend" up around Rough Ridge and I have found the sign on both ends. I still plan on hiking the section around Price Park since I've never done anything in that area. I'll probably wait til winter when the crowds will be minimal.

Friday, September 13, 2013

8/22 & 8/24 Paddle the Catawba and another Road Bike Ride from the House. Covering some miles!

My first time paddling since I hurt my shoulder. Felt great with no issues at all. My next time in the kayak will be on the Upper Gauley. A big jump but I think I'm ready to get back in the saddle.

8/11/13 Tanawha Trail next to the Parkway. Also Beacon Heights. Impressive boardwalks.