Elyse ClarkExplorer

  • Hike to Little and Big Rocky Row

    Starting at the James River Footbridge, which is the longest foot traffic only bridge on the entire Appalachian Trail. Head north on the Appalachian Trail.  You will quickly cross over Rt. 501. After a mile of hiking through the woods skirting the...

    10.8 miles 2700 ft gain

  • Hike to Cascade Falls

    The 66' Cascade Falls located in Giles Count is arguably one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia. This classic hike is 4.0 miles and gains 800' in elevation.Located in Pembroke, Virginia, access the trail head by taking Cascade Drive (VA...

    4 miles 800 ft gain

  • Scenic Drive on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

    This 6 mile drive is a great way to spend a scenic day in the Smokies. The road is open to cars only (no trucks or RVs) and runs one-way. There are no visitors centers after you head out, so be sure to bring everything you need along. The drive be...

  • Hike to Maryland Heights

    Maryland Heights is at the convergence of Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, as well as the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The Appalachian Trail and C&O Canal Towpath are also easily accessible from the trailhead parking lot. The parking lo...

    2.8 miles 900 ft gain

  • Photograph the Malarrif Lighthouse in Snæfellsjökull National Park

    From the visitor's center parking lot, take the path towards the lighthouse.  This unique 24m (~80 ft) tall lighthouse was built in 1917, then rebuilt in 1946.  The grounds surrounding the lighthouse consist of lava formations.  Depending on where...

  • Hike to Linville Falls

    Linville falls is one of North Carolina's treasures and perhaps the most photographed water fall in the state. Bring the whole family out and explore the area surrounding the falls. There are about 4 total miles of trails meandering around and thr...

    1 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike the River Styx Spring Trail

    Starting from the Mammoth Cave Visitor's Center, take the "Historic Entrance" trail that descends down the hill between the Visitor's Center and the Mammoth Cave Hotel. After 0.2 miles you will reach the historic entrance of Mammoth Cave on your r...

    1.2 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike to Brush Creek Falls

    Brush Creek Falls is a beautiful 25' waterfall that spans across Brush Creek. It is accessed via a short 0.5 mile hike with minimal elevation gain.From the parking area on Brush Creek Falls Road, take the trail to the right of the picnic shelter. ...

    1 miles

  • Hike Turk Mountain

    From the parking area at Turk Gap (MP 94.1), cross over the Skyline Drive.  The Appalachian Trail (AT) intersects right here, and take the AT south by taking the trail on the left.  After 0.2 miles you will turn right off of the AT onto the blue-b...

    2.2 miles 700 ft gain

  • Hike North Mount Marshall in Shenandoah NP

    Park at the Mount Marshall parking area at ~MP 15.6 on the Skyline Drive.  From the back of the parking lot, take the white-blazed Appalachian Trail north for a short 0.4 miles to a large rock outcrop with views south.  After finished exploring th...

    1 miles 350 ft gain

  • Hike Buffalo Mountain

    COVID-19 CLOSURE: Due to Covid-19, this trail will be closed effective April 10, 2020 at 8 PM until June 24, 2020.  A short 1.0 mile hike to the summit with 700’ elevation gain, the trail switchbacks steeply up to the exposed rocky summit. To the ...

    2 miles 700 ft gain

  • Hike the Jomeokee Trail at Pilot Mountain SP

    This unique peak, also known as the Big Pinnacle, is in Pilot Mountain State Park.  From the main parking area on top of the mountain on Pilot Knob Park Road, you can first view the Big Pinnacle from the overlook attached to the parking lot.  The ...

    0.8 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike to the Keffer Oak on the Appalachian Trail

    You can park your car at the small gravel lot where VA-42 and Rt. 629 intersect. Starting from the Appalachian Trail crossing at VA-42,  head north on the AT, which winds through some grass meadows. After about 0.8 miles into the hike you will cro...

    2.6 miles 600 ft gain

  • Hike through Falls Ridge Preserve

    Dogs are not allowed on this preserve, so please do not bring a dog along.From the parking lot walk through the mowed field until you reach the woods. You will intersect a small loop trail (Bradley Trail). Turn right on this trail and shortly you...

    1 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike Hawksbill Mountain

    A hike to the summit of Hawksbill Mountain will not only put you at the highest point in Shenandoah National Park (4050'), but you'll have a 270 degree view perfect for a sunset.This moderate hike is located at MP 45.6 on the Skyline Drive in Shen...

    1.7 miles 800 ft gain

  • Hike to Crabtree Falls

    Starting from the old store parking area at MP 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, follow the trail through a meadow past the campground amphitheater. After crossing the paved road to the campground, the trail will come to a T-intersection. Take the ...

    2.4 miles 450 ft gain

  • Hike the Endless Wall Trail

    From the Fern Creek Trailhead this is a 2.0 mile out and back hike to Diamond Point. The trail is relatively flat with minimal elevation gain and has a bridge stream crossing. When you arrive at the sign stating "Climber's Access", take a short si...

    2 miles 260 ft gain

  • Hike the Long Point Trail

    With minimal elevation gain, this 3.2 mile hike can be done in a short amount of time. From the parking lot, take the trail to the right of the bathroom. There will be two trail intersections at 0.4 miles and 0.7 miles, both of which are well mark...

    3.2 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike the Kaymoor Miners Trail

    Kaymoor was on old West Virginia coal mining town that thrived in the early 1900's until it was abandoned in the 1950's. Along this trail you will see remnants of the old mine entrance, mining cars, a coal processing plant, and coke ovens, among o...

    2 miles 900 ft gain

  • Photograph Grandview Overlook in the New River Gorge

    From the main parking lot at Grandview's visitor center, follow the well marked paved trail about 0.1 miles to the Main Overlook. There is a large platform for viewing the New River here. A wide angle lens is best to photograph this large bend in ...

  • Photograph Mabry Mill

    Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and rightfully so. Located at MP 176.1 the mill is beautiful in any season and easily accessed from the parking lot. Since this place is so popular, be prepared for crowds...

  • Hike Rock Castle Gorge

    This 10.8 mile loop is a very demanding, but very rewarding hike that will take most of the day to complete. The hike can be started from many different locations but in this write-up it starts at the Saddle Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway and ...

  • Hike Sentinel Point and Mill Creek Falls

    There are many trails in the area so here is a map to start out because it can get confusing:http://gilescounty.org/images2/Map-Town%20Farm-Hiking%20Trails%20%282010%29.pdf.From the parking area, keep to the left side of the stream and head up th...

    7.8 miles 1800 ft gain

  • Hike to Laurel Fork Falls

    From Hampton, Tennessee, take US-321S for about 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Dennis Cove Road and travel for 4 miles on this steep and very curvy mountain road.  The trailhead is where the Appalachian Trail (AT) crosses the road at a small gravel lo...

    2.6 miles 600 ft gain