Shenandoah National Park is in Richmond’s backyard; part of the 2100+ mile Appalachian Trail winds through Virginia’s mountains. Hiking is healthy, simple, and cheap.
What can hiking do for you?
- Improve fitness
- Combat stress and “nature-deficit disorder” (from Last Child in the Woods)
- See wildlife (Look, a BEAR!)
- Combine with related activities like Geocaching and Trail Running
- Breathe the fresh air and feel GREAT
Hiking resources: books
60 hikes in 60 miles: Richmond Nathan Lot (staff favorite!)
Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Virginias David Lillard
The GPS Handbook Robert Egbert
Guide To Wilderness Survival Richard Johnson
The Joy of Geocaching Paul Gillin
Last Child in the Woods Richard Louv (Explains nature-deficit disorder, great for adults too)
Hiking resources: web
Hiking Upward: Hiking in Virginia & WestVirginia (great for trail notes/reviews and GPS coordinates)
Get outside and get moving!