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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Three nearby state parks worth an overnight adventure

Hungry Mother State Park Molly’s Knob – Photo by Billy Bowling There are well over 10,000 state parks across the United States. With that number in mind, it’s hard to imagine not bumping into one on any given road trip. In fact, it’s an excellent way to get to a genuine feel for areas you

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

New River Trail State Park

It’s sometime in the early 20th century, and a Norfolk & Western locomotive is chugging along the “Cripple Creek Extension” through southwest Virginia carrying iron ore to a main line water stop called Martin’s Station (now Pulaski)....

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Following the Sun

Our lives literally revolve around the sun. Regardless of how we may try to fight the morning light with blackout curtains and eye masks, or how we attempt to silence the birds with ear plugs and loud...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

Natural Bridge Steps up to State Park Status

It’s hard to believe what now looms 215 feet above Cedar Creek and a well-traversed pedestrian walkway was likely the subterranean roof of a cave. Natural Bridge, once a sacred site of the Native American Monacan tribe,...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

An Experiment in Art & Science

It would seem that popularity knows no bounds. When at one time you wouldn’t think to link Virginia with wine, now, with nearly 300 wineries and counting, it’s almost like the Commonwealth is sitting back, feet up,...

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Monday, March 5th, 2018

Virginia’s 14th State Park . . . exploring the on-land and underwater wonders of Claytor Lake State Park

Text by Nancy S. Moseley   They range from riverside to lakeside, from the edge of the coast to the top of the mountain, all carefully corralling the natural and historic wonders that surround Virginia residents. The...

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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Southwest Virginia on Ice

The first time the temperate drops enough to freeze nearby ponds, the winter world truly becomes a wonderland. The fascinating feeling of ice underfoot brings out the kid in all of us, and gliding across frozen water...

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Friday, July 7th, 2017

Gatewood Park

People talk about “best kept secrets” which are rarely s-e-c-r-e-t, but Gatewood Park and Reservoir in Pulaski County might seriously qualify as one of them. Encompassing 400 acres of forests, water and scenic beauty, the property is...

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Friday, May 12th, 2017

A Puddle Between the Mountains . . . James Pandapas

In 1948, Blacksburg resident James Pandapas, known for having brought its first two industries to the town – Electro-Tec and Poly Scientific – purchased a 500-acre tract of Appalachian hardwoods and pines between Brush and Gap Mountains....

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Monday, July 18th, 2016

Blue Ridge Scout Reservation’s newest camp offering

Helpful. Loyal. Brave. These are three of the twelve core values that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) strive to possess. If you ever get the chance to check out the BSA Base Camp Ottari located right...

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