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November 17 Is Take a Hike Day

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

What are you doing reading this article? Go take a hike! No, seriously. Take a Hike Day is on November 17, so you should go take a hike. Not only is Virginia filled with a variety of trails for all levels of hikers and all interests, but local trails are plentiful, too.

The counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland each has its own assortment of trails—some in and around local parks and playgrounds, some near the water, and, of course, some through the woods. The City of Fredericksburg has paved walkways, too, allowing easy access for strollers and, therefore, more family-friendly.

Our area's surrounding battlefields and cemeteries are great places to learn and explore right in your backyard. The National Park Service has a page devoted just to local historical trails. These trails range in length and difficulty.

If you are feeling a little more enterprising and are looking to tackle some mountains (and maybe even go camping), Nicole Blouin’s Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge and Johnny Molloy’s Day & Overnight Hikes: Shenandoah National Park are good places to look for your next adventure. There are small fees associated with the national parks and camping, but they are all reasonable.

The most important thing is, no matter your skill and no matter location, it is always a great day to take a hike!