2016 marks the centennial of the National Park Service, the group that oversees 413 areas (think national parks, monuments, battlefields, historical landmarks) totaling 84 million acres.
So,what better way to celebrate the birthday of the NPS than with a hike in Shenandoah National Park?! We grabbed friends, backpacks, first aid kits, snacks, water bottles, and we were headed out the door!
Shenandoah was a bit of a hike (no pun intended) from our starting point of Arlington, VA. But after 2 hours in the car, we reached the National Park and were cruising along Skyline Drive.
Hawksbill was a relatively easy trail, only about a 1.5 miles. Its challenge comes from the decent, steady incline throughout the entire hike. We made a few pit stops along the way to catch our breaths (that incline is a great workout!) I don’t often get the chance to hike as much as I’d like to. I think it’s a great way to exercise – all the sights and sounds make the hike feel less like work and more like fun.
Saturday was such a nice escape from city-life. No cell service – just nature and my friends holding every ounce of my attention. All-in-all, it was an enjoyable hike made 1000x more enjoyable via the views from the lookout point. Once we reached the top, we whipped out our Clif bars and took in the views. Take a look:
We’ve already scheduled out next visit back to Shenandoah for a 6-mile December hike – fingers crossed the weather cooperates! I’ll be sure to upload pics once completed.
Nature is gorgeous and we often take it for granted. Until the next hike, get out and explore! The nearest park, mountain, etc. Tag your photos with #TayloredTravels to share your views + adventures.
Until next time, keep it wild.