A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Pristine Waters At Bottom Creek Gorge

Bottom Creek

The Bottom Creek Gorge Preserve in Montgomery County, Va., contains more than 5 miles of trails and the second-highest waterfall in the state.

West Rim Loop Trail

Cloudland Canyon

A hike through Cloudland Canyon State Park reveals spectacular views of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

Giants of the Smokies

person by tree

Exploring the old-growth forest at Albright Grove.

Summiting Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain

On this classic Western North Carolina hike, hikers can see a fantastic view of the cliffside profile for which Grandfather Mountain is named.

Exploring Old Growth Forest in Historic Harlan County

Forested mountain view

Kentucky’s Harlan County, perhaps best known for its mining history, is also home to a wonderful old-growth forest preserve with several hiking trails.

A Sweet Retreat at Sugar Hollow Park

person hiking

Roughly 12 miles of trails await hikers and bikers at this park in Bristol, Va.

The Mystical Season: A Love Poem to Winter

Appalachian Voices’ Jamie Goodman recounts the joys of a winter hike and the magic of the season. She also shares thoughts from others about the perks of braving the cold and setting out on the trail.

The Bluestone Turnpike Trail

Bluestone National Scenic River

This roughly 10-mile trail follows the Bluestone River in southern West Virginia and gives hikers a taste of the wild.

Hidden Treasures: Public Forests

Yellow Branch Falls

Here, we outline a multitude of gorgeous spots off the beaten path in our national forests.

Adventures Await at Hidden Rocks

climber on cliff

Breathtaking vistas for hikers and a variety of routes for climbers at Virginia’s Hidden Rocks.