GetOut! Your Nudge for Weekend Adventure

Why a video from last fall? Two reasons.

  1. We got rained out last weekend: no “Scenes from the Weekend Past” to share.
  2. It’s going to feel like fall this weekend! When you wake up, the temperature will likely be in the 50s; on Saturday, at least, it won’t get out of the mid-70s. A return to fall the weekend before summer official starts — can’t beat that!

Let’s see what fall-appropriate things are going on this weekend: 

Mountain Nature Hike, Saturday, 5 p.m., Mount Jefferson Nature Hike, West Jefferson. You might need a fleece for this late afternoon mountain hike, in which a ranger will talk about Mount Jefferson’s unusual flora. The hike is 1.2 miles and starts from the picnic area. “Sturdy shoe” highly recommended. (This late-day hike pairs well on a cool June day with a mid-afternoon hike at nearby Elk Knob State Park, just down the road in Todd. The 2-mile Summit Trail weaves through a lush mountain forest and offers stellar views, including Mount Jefferson, from the 5,520-foot summit.) Learn more about the Mount Jefferson Nature Hike here.

Father’s Day Hike, Sunday, 2 p.m., Eno River State Park, Durham. What would dad love more than anything on His Day? A walk in the woods with the family. A 1.5-mile walk, say, on the Buckquarter Creek Trail, which includes a stretch along the ridge, a stretch along the river. (If dad wants to go longer, try the 3.75-mile Cox Mountain Trail, which can be accessed from the same Piper Cox House trailhead.) Learn more about the Father’s Day Hike here.

Reptile Walk, Saturday, 1 p.m., Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head. Vacationing at the Outer Banks? Take a break from the beach and learn a bit about the reptiles who inhabit this dune environment. Can’t make this session? It’s offered every Saturday at 1 p.m. through Aug. 10. Learn more here.

GetHiking! this weekend

What are our GetHiking! groups in North Carolina and Virginia up to this weekend? Plenty, thanks for asking …

GetHiking! Charlottesville: Roan Highlands (Tennessee/ North Carolina),Friday, April 14, 12:30 p.m to Sunday, June 16, 4:30 p.m. Banner Elk, North Carolina. Strenuous. 15-mile hike along the famous Roan Highlands. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Mount Rogers High Country and Wilburn Ridge,Saturday, June 15, 5:30 a.m. Fontaine Research Park, Charlottesville. Strenuous. 12.1-miles. Hike highlights: Cliffside Trail, Pine Mountain Trail, Appalachian Trail. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Disaster and Wilderness First Aid,Saturday, June 15, 8:30 a.m, to Sunday, June 16, 6:45 p.m. Mountaintop Montessori, Charlottesville. Hands-on training on surviving the wilderness. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Triangle: Saturday Morning at Duke Forest, Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m., Duke Forest, Korstian Division. Moderate. 5-mile hike on a trail of gravel. Learn more here.
GetHiking! Charlottesville: Ragged Mountain Reservoir, Saturday, June 15, 10:30 a.m., Ragged Mountain Natural Area, Charlottesville. Easy. 5-mile hike to the south end of the reservoir. Learn more here.

Live the video

This week’s video comes from a fall hike at Horton Grove Nature Preserve in northern Durham County. Learn more about Horton Grove and paying a visit, here.

More options

Looking for more options for weekend adventure? Check out our GetOut! Find An Adventure resource page here.

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