We’re finally in full leaf-out and had our first taste of summertime temperatures. Some thoughts on how you can get out and enjoy.
16th Annual Paddle for the Border, Saturday, 8 a.m., Dismal Swamp State Park, South Mills. Picture one of those races where they release hundreds of tiny rubber ducks into a stream. Now, instead of tiny ducks, picture hundreds of paddlers. Crazy, no? That’s the craziness you’ll find this weekend as hundreds of paddlers make their way from the park up the Dismal Swamp Canal to the Virginia border. About a 7.5-mile paddle. Check it out here.
Canoe the Mayo, Saturday, 10 a.m., Mayo River State Park, Mayodan. Now picture 11 paddlers on the water and you’ll get an accurate picture of the more intimate paddle planned on the Mayo River. Canoes, pfd, paddles are provided; it’s free, but participation is limited. Call 336.427.2530 to register. Learn more here.
Wildflower Hike, Sunday, 1 p.m., Elk Knob State Park, Todd. Figured you’d missed the best of the spring wildflower display? Then you didn’t figure on the mile-high Wildflower Hike on the Beech Tree Trail at Elk Knob. Learn more here.
GetHiking! this weekend
What are we up to this weekend? Lots!
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Appalachian Trail at Stony Man,Friday, May 3, 9 a.m. Great Outdoor Provision, Charlottesville. Moderately Strenuous. 8 to 9-mile hike exploring Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Humpback Rock,Saturday, May 4, 12 p.m. Fontaine Research Park, Charlottesville. 4-6 miles. Moderately Strenuous. Hike highlights: Humpback Rock, Appalachian Trail. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Virginia Beach: GOPC, Sunday, May 5, 9:45 a.m., Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Virginia Beach. 5-mile hike at Sandy Bottom Nature Park. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Triad: Townsend Trail, Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m., 6100 Southshore Road, Browns Summit. Easy to moderate. 7-mile hike leading to Lake Townsend. Learn more here.
Live the video
This week’s video was shot on a stretch of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail along Falls Lake, on what the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail refer to as Day-Hike Sections Q, R and S. It’s a nicely wooded 7.6-mile stretch that isn’t as physically challenging as some of the rest of the MST along Falls Lake. Discover how you can discover the trail by going here.