Elk Knob – A Hike For Everybody

Elk Knob State Park Summit Trail is Fitz Roy's First Mountain Hike *We have added Elk Knob State Park as one of the Best Places to Hike in the Southern Appalachians. This is truly an excellent hike for everybody; a very well graded trail, excellent viewpoints, and not too crowded (yet.) Last weekend Minister of …

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Standing Indian Loop/April 2018

Hiker Killed In Attack On The AT

Man Arrested in Connection With Apparent Machete Attack on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia A murder has happened on the Appalachian Trail. News reports are saying that a pair of hikers were attacked by a man wielding a large knife or Machete while hiking the AT in the backwoods of Virginia. One of the two …

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Waterfalled and Waterlogged: Dark Hollow Falls and the AT

The Great Shenandoah Trip Part II During the first night of our trip to the Shenandoah NP it rained. Quite intensely. Brian has been through several terrible storms in his tent, the worst probably being an absolutely petrifying thunderstorm in Canyonlands NP in 2007 or so. This night was no where near as bad as …

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The Great Valley

The Great Shenandoah Trip Part I Sometimes a bit of serendipity falls upon one disguised as bad luck. For example...Last week we were supposed to go away for a weekend trip, which would have been the subject of this blog post. Unfortunately, Sylvia’s business commitments prevented this from happening. In search of something to write …

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OLD RAG MOUNTAIN

***As we celebrate the Holidays here at BecauzeItzThere, please enjoy this re-run of a post that appear in this space earlier in the year -- one of the most popular trails in the Southern Appalachians, Old Rag Mountain. It is our favorite single hike in the South! *Old Rag Mountain is one of Becauseitzthere's Best …

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Storm Warning: Hurricane Florence Approaches the Carolina Coast

From the Eye of the Storm...Florence Bears Down on Raleigh ***PLEASE BE AWARE: IF YOU LIVE IN COASTAL VIRGINIA OR CAROLINA and are NOT thinking about evacuating right now, then you are in very serious danger. Turn on the news or click the links below.*** Looks like a direct hit is coming. Sylvia and Brian, …

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Sent To The Big House (Mountain)

Big House Mountain, VA *We have added the Big House Mountain hike in House Mountain Preserve to our list of the Best Hikes in the Southern Appalachians. It is a REALLY interesting hike in west-central Virginia. Note that there are several options to this hike and the one we ended up hiking was...somewhat on the …

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