Shenandoah National Park

Park Stats Location: Western Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains Park #: 22 Park established: December 26, 1935 President in office: Franklin D. Roosevelt Park size: 198,000 acres Highest elevation: 4,050 ft - Hawksbill Mountain Lowest elevation: 550 ft Visitors: 1,449,300 in 2022 Fun facts: One of the parks that utilized the Civilian Conservation Corps in its creation More than [...]

Pocahontas State Park

Pocahontas State Park is located about 30 minutes outside of Richmond, VA. It's a convenient spot for a lot of outdoor activities.  I love to pop down for hikes. They have a wide variety of trails for skill level, length, and interest. The park seems to have a lot of other activities - biking, swimming, camping, and hunting. I've driven [...]

Hiking Trails

Trail Review: Beaver Lake Trail

Trail Review: Beaver Lake Trail Beaver Lake Trail was the first trail I explored in Pocahontas State Park. I selected it because I love a loop trail, it didn't seem strenuous, and it was a good distance. This was the day I was going to take my new dog hiking. I held my breath that this 2.5 year old Goldendoodle [...]

Trail Review: Deep Run Park Perimeter Trail

Trail Review: Deep Run Park Perimeter Trail I've been to Deep Run Park multiple times over the past 20 years. At first, it was with nieces and nephews and we would frequent the playground. Eventually, some walking paths were added. When I relocated to Richmond a few months ago I made a commitment to get to know more of the [...]

The Parks Podcast Episodes

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (Episode 6)

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park is located between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. Learn about four major battles of the civil war and explore the battlefields and historic homes.

Shenandoah National Park (Episode 3)

Shenandoah National Park is one of the first National Parks on the east coast of the United States. Home to Skyline Drive, and 75 miles from Washington, DC, Shenandoah is a popular spot for weekend warriors and vacations alike.