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The Joy of Mushroom Hunting We spend a lot of time in the New River Gorge hunting for mushrooms. When we’re not hunting mushrooms we’re usually talking about hunting mushrooms, which often prompts people to ask us why we enjoy it so much. Sometimes, we fear, they soon regret asking because we can go on […]

The Endless Wall Trail is “The Best National Park Hike” for Many Reasons Of all the New River Gorge National River trails, The Endless Wall Trail has the most character and diversity. From the serenity of an ancient Hemlock forest to the pulse-quickening views from atop the cliffs overlooking the Gorge, it provides the casual […]

Thoreau said it best: “A taste for the beautiful is most cultivated out of doors.” While we have strived to make the interior spaces of Lafayette Flats as beautiful and comfortable as possible, we are at our core, outdoor people. Most every weekend for us includes at least one walk in the woods, whether hunting […]

When we heard about the New River Gorge 100 Mile Challenge last year, we knew that we wanted to participate. We love The Gorge, we love hiking and we love challenges, so the idea of putting in 100 miles in the calendar year seemed perfectly suited for us. We wasted no time, putting in our first […]

One of the major lessons we learned during our year of hiking is that certain trails are better at certain times of the year. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the trails we hiked in 2015 and which month we would hike them if we had to do it over again: Battle Run Mud […]

Our last two posts documented two-thirds of our year of hiking. This post will take us into December, and then in the next post, the last of the series, we will tell you our favorites and give our recommendations for seasonal hikes. Thurmond as seen from the Rend Trail September took us to the Rend […]

In Part 1 we told you about the brutal winter hikes in The Gorge and how we persevered to reach our goal of at least one serious hike per month. As the weather warmed up, our goal became much more pleasurable to face, but with so many trails and so little time, we had to […]

Last November we set a personal goal to take at least one serious hike each month in 2015. Trestle on Mill Creek Trail (Ansted Rail Trail) It actually seemed to us like a modest goal, because we both love to hike and it sounded completely doable to us at the time: Memories of biting winter […]


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