Jess FischerExplorer

A little adventurer with a big love for the great outdoors.

Hike to Annapolis Rock and Black Rock Cliff

Myersville, Maryland

Hike along the Appalachian Trail as it passes through South Mountain State Park, taking you to a number of very scenic lookout spots.

418 Saves

Camp at Rock Island State Park

Rock Island, Tennessee

This little campground is nestled in Rock Island State Park. There are two campgrounds, this one is specifically tents only.

339 Saves

Hike to Rockhouse and Cane Creek Falls

Pikeville, Tennessee

Fall Creek Falls State Park is home to multiple waterfalls.

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Hike to Skinny Dip Falls

Canton, North Carolina

Park at the Looking Glass Rock Overlook. After enjoying the view of Looking Glass Rock, gear up and head to the right side of the parking area (right side if your back is to the overlook).

258 Saves

Hike The Priest

Tyro, Virginia

Starting at the Upper Crabtree Falls Parking area, continue up the "road" for half a mile until you come to the intersection of the Appalachian Trail. That will be the steepest part of the hike.

248 Saves

Swim in Elk River Falls

Elk Park, North Carolina

The coordinates for the parking area are 36.198288, -81.970137. You'll see a parking area that's dirt/gravel on the right side of the road.

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Hiking from Carver's Gap to Hwy. 19 on the AT

Bakersville, North Carolina

The AT from Carver's Gap to HWY 19 is about 14.5 miles, but with side adventures, it could be roughly 20 miles. The trail crosses the road and continues up about a 400 ft.

213 Saves

Hike to Jones Run Waterfall

Crozet, Virginia

This little known waterfall is located close to the more popular waterfall, Doyles River Falls. Staring at the Jones Run parking area turn left downhill following the blue blazed Jones Run trail.

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Hike to Saint Mary's Falls

Raphine, Virginia

Saint Mary's Wilderness is one of Virginia's largest designated wilderness areas and is an old iron ore mining area.

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Photograph Blackwater Falls

Davis, West Virginia

Blackwater Falls State Park is a lesser known state park in northern West Virginia. The waterfall is easily accessible.

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Hike Rhododendron Trail

Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

In order to go when the Rhododendron are blooming you'll need to aim for the first three weeks of June.

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Backpack around Lake Moomaw

Hot Springs, Virginia

On your way to the trailhead don't forget to pull off the road at the scenic outlook to take in the vast expanse of Lake Moomaw (you won't miss it!).

121 Saves

Hike to Shamokin Falls

Lyndhurst, Virginia

Starting from the Dripping Rock Parking area at MP 10 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, head north on the white blazed Appalachian Trail (trail leading into woods from parking lot- don't cross the road).

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Fly Fish on the Rapidan River

Madison, Virginia

Park at the Graves Mill Parking Area. From here you can easily follow the Rapidan River up the mountain.

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Backpack to Overmountain Shelter in the Roan Highlands

Bakersville, North Carolina

Starting from the Carver Gap Parking area (do not leave belongings visible in your vehicle) head North on the Appalachian Trail (cross the road and head up the hill past the kiosk).

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Hike Bear Church Rock via the Graves Mill Trail

Madison, Virginia

Starting at the Graves Mill Parking area, head up the yellow blazed trail that is marked by a big cement marker. The trail will follow closely beside the gorgeous Rapidan River.

87 Saves

Hike Goshen Pass

Goshen, Virginia

The parking for the trailhead is down an unmarked gravel/dirt road about 1.5 miles upriver from the Virginia Wayside rest area on Route 39 West.

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Hike and Fish Cabin Creek Trail

Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

Starting at the Massie Gap Parking Area follow the paved road down towards the woods. You will see a gravel dirt path off the side of the road to your right that heads back towards the woods.

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Hike to Twin Pinnacles

Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

Park at the Visitor Center; don't stress when you get to the parking lot and can't see it, it's up the hill. From the parking lot hike across the road and find the staircase.

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Photogarph the Iconic Sheep Barn in the Westfjords

Bíldudalsvegur, Iceland

Strangely enough I had seen this little barn in a ton of pictures before going to the Westfjords.

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Explore Glanni Waterfall

Glanni-Paradis Road, Iceland

Glanni Waterfall is in the western region of Iceland right off the main Ring Road. It's the perfect place to get out and stretch your legs for a quick 15 minutes.

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Explore Skarðsvík Beach

Skarðsvík Beach, Iceland

From the parking area you are free to roam the area. We started by walking down the stairs from the left of the parking lot.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail from Elk Garden to Buzzard Rock

Troutdale, Virginia

Starting at the Elk Garden Parking Area hike the Appalachian Trail south (do not cross the road, follow the trail from the parking area). Hike along the trail following the white blazes and at 2.

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Backpack to the Foot of Glenns Lake

Browning, Montana

Starting from the Chief Mountain Parking Area, take the trail to the left of the bathrooms at the end of the parking lot (left of the bathrooms if you are facing the bathrooms and the main road is to.

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Fly Fish on the Robinson River

Syria, Virginia

There are two sections that you can fish on the Robinson River. The first section is about 15 minutes away from the trailhead of White Oak Canyon.

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Hike Laurel Run

Orkney Springs, Virginia

There are two parking spots for this trail. Park at the lower lot if the gate is closed, if the gate is open, continue up the road for another mile until you reach another closed gate. Park here.

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Explore Sólheimajökull

Sólheimajökulsvegur, Iceland

Starting from the parking area, follow the wide and well beaten road/trail along the lake and to the base of the glacier.

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Hiking McAfee Knob

Troutville, Virginia

Description already written here: http://www.appalachianlove.com/2014/07/mcafee-knob.html

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Catch the Sunset at Hawksbill Mountain Summit

Stanley, Virginia

Park at the Hawksbill Gap Park Area at MP 45.6.

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Explore Four Different Swimming Holes at Moorman's River

Crozet, Virginia

Starting at the Moorman's River Trailhead there are four swimming holes you can hike to.  The first option is from the parking lot you will see a little trail right behind where all the cars park.

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Road Trip Through Eastern Tennessee to Visit 6 State Parks and See Over 10 Waterfalls

Rock Island, Tennessee

Itinerary Thursday Night: Check into Rock Island State Park Campground When you get to the park check into your campground at the ranger station right before you get to the campground.

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Swim at the Base of Falling Spring Falls

Hot Springs, Virginia

Park on the side of the road in the designated parking area for Falling Spring Falls (37.867217, -79.947662). From here, go to the right of the parking lot where the black fence ends.

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Swim in Spout Run Waterfall

Boyce, Virginia

Coordinates and directions for the upper falls: 39.067196, -78.003763 are the coordinates for the road. As you are driving you will see an area on the right of the road where cars have pulled off.

8 Saves

Camping Switzer Lake

Hinton, Virginia

From Harrisonburg, Virginia take 33 west for 28 miles until you come to Skidmore Fork Road. Take a left onto this road and follow it down a steep hill.

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Explore Djúpalónssandur Beach

Unnamed Road, Iceland

Djupalonssandur Beach is located within Snæfellsnes National Park. The beach is covered in black pebbles (lava) with enormous monoliths sticking out all over the beach.

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Camp at Kintla Lake

Flathead County, Montana

* The road to this trailhead/lake is closed during the winter.  Kintla Lake is one of the lesser explored lakes in Glacier National Park.

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Camp Near the Crest Trail in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

We started by parking in the overnight backpacking lot within Grayson Highlands State Park.  From here you have two options to get to the Appalachian Trail.

7 Saves

Hiking Seneca Rocks

Seneca Rocks, West Virginia

Already written a description here: http://www.appalachianlove.com/2015/02/hiking-seneca-rocks.html

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Catch a Sunrise on Skyline Drive at Moorman's River Overlook

Grottoes, Virginia

Directions: Moorman River Overlook is located at mile post 92.0 on Skyline Drive (southern section). If entering from the southern entrance, drive north until you come to mile post 92.

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Fly Fishing Bear Church Rock

Madison, Virginia

Already written a description here: http://www.appalachianlove.com/2014/10/fly-fishing-at-bear-church-rock.html

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Explore Cummins Falls State Park

Cookeville, Tennessee

Starting at the Cummins Falls State Park parking lot, take the Downstream Trail. The trail will lead you down a few switchbacks before spitting you out into the river gorge.

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Watch the Sunset at Sawmill Run Overlook

Waynesboro, Virginia

The outlook is located at mile post 95.3 on Skyline Drive This is an easy outlook to find. Just pull up, spread out a blanket, and enjoy the view!

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Hiking Crabtree Falls

Tyro, Virginia

Already written a description here: http://www.appalachianlove.com/2015/10/hiking-crabtree-falls.html

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Hiking Jones Run/Doyles River

Crozet, Virginia

Already written a full review here: http://www.appalachianlove.com/2015/07/doyles-riverjones-run.html

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Hiking Spy Rock

Montebello, Virginia

Starting at the parking area follow the gravel road up the mountain. The road will "split" about half a mile up and you'll need to stay left to continue following the blue blazes.

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Hike To Virgin Falls

Sparta, Tennessee

This area has sink holes, caves, waterfalls and disappearing rivers as a result of the karst topography found on the Cumberland Plateau.

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Explore Lindy Point

Thomas, West Virginia

Lindy Point is located within Blackwater Falls State Park and is a short, easy hike out to an amazing view.

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Go Fly Fishing on Buffalo Creek

Lexington, Virginia

Starting from the "starting point" highlighted on this adventure you can either drive up or down the road. Where you park to get into the river is entirely up to you.

3 Saves

Hiking White Oak Canyon

Syria, Virginia

Already written a description on: http://www.appalachianlove.com/2015/11/hiking-white-oak-canyon.html

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Explore Skarðsvík Beach

Skarðsvík Beach, Iceland

Follow the directions to the parking area and from the parking area you are free to roam.

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Explore Blackwater Falls, Frozen.

Davis, West Virginia

Make sure to go in January of February a week or two after it has snowed and there have been low temperatures in the teens.

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Hike to Lost Pond

Ticonderoga, New York

From the parking area, follow the trail from the back of the parking area. Very quickly you will hike up to a trail register. The trail is mostly flat with a few inclines and is very well beaten.

2 Saves

Explore Ocracoke Island Beach in your Car

Ocracoke, North Carolina

Before going on the beach you will need to purchase a permit through the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. There can be purchased online or at the Ocracoke Visitor Center.

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Have a Picnic Under Rock Island State Park's Twin Falls

Rock Island, Tennessee

Starting at the parking lot at the end of Power House Road, take the path to the right (if you're looking into the parking lot from the road) and follow the short trail until you intersect with the m.

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Hiking Cole Mountain

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Already written a description here: http://www.appalachianlove.com/2015/10/hiking-cole-mountain.html

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Hiking Mary's Rock

Luray, Virginia

Already written a description here: http://www.appalachianlove.com/2015/02/hiking-marys-rock.html

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