July: Noland Trail at the Mariner’s Museum

Circumnavigating the 167 acre Lake Maury in Newport News, Virginia is the 5 mile Noland Trail.  On the site of the privately owned Mariner’s Museum, which houses the USS Monitor among it’s other artifacts, the[…]

July: Newport News Park

At a whopping 7, 771 acres, Newport News Park in Newport News, Virginia is one of the largest city park in the country.  (The biggest is over double that size, in Phoenix, Arizona.) Comprised of […]

July: The Great Dismal Swamp

Stretching across the border of Virginia and North Carolina, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is 113,000 protected acres of a swamp in the southeastern coastal plain.  Originally, the swamp is believed to cover[…]

July: Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary

I always feel a moment of trepidation when I discuss on the internet a special place devoted to nature preservation.  But some wildlife sanctuaries have trails and are open to the public for a reason:[…]

June: Small Things

The world is full of small things with surprising beauty, particularly in the warm and sultry days of summer. If you stop to take a look.

May: High Knob Fire Tower

Over 4200 feet in elevation and atop Stone Mountain in the Appalachians of southwest Virginia, I was told that from High Knob one could view 4 or 5 states on a clear day. It was[…]

May: Flag Rock and Norton Reservoir

If there’s one thing I’ve learned recently traveling around the southeast, is that little city parks can hold big surprises.  The City of Norton, Virginia has a population of about 4,000 but Appalachian scenery enough[…]

May: High Knob Recreational Area

High above Norton, Virginia, at 3,800 feet, is a lake, campground and hiking trails at High Knob Recreational Area in the Clinch Ranger District of the Jefferson National Forest. It was a Monday, and the[…]

March: Hays Nature Preserve

It was the kind of sunny, glorious day that kids wish happens during Spring Break.  I played hooky because I just had to get out in the sun, so I drove over the hill to[…]

March: Wade Mountain

One of Huntsville’s great peaks for hiking is Wade Mountain.  Much of it is protected by the Land Trust of North Alabama, and the trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.  While[…]

March: Caney Creek Falls

Tucked away off the side of a side road in the Sipsey Wilderness of William B. Bankhead National Forest, is a gorgeous waterfall. About 3/4 of a mile from the small parking area, the trail[…]

January: Beaverdam Creek

One of North Alabama’s lesser known natural spots is the Beaverdam Creek tupelo swamp.  The northernmost remaining tupelo gum swamp in Alabama, the swamp is part of the Joe Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, is a[…]