by Darik Kristofer

The expression, “Virginia is for lovers,” had always intrigued me. I wanted to find out if it was true, and as it turns out, it is!

Especially for people who love beautiful scenery.

I wanted to get away from the insanity and demands of life here in D.C. I was on a quest to find the highest points of elevation in the area and go hiking.

Being a Colorado native, I was up for the challenge.

After some research, I discovered the reasons why people flock to Shenandoah National Park. With its beautiful rolling hills, valleys, mountains and water falls, Shenandoah is a gorgeous gem a mere 75 miles away from the D.C. Metro. 

It’s safe and a perfect destinations for families who want to get away for the weekend.

As I entered the park, I found there were guided horseback rides. I decided to take advantage of a ride since I rarely get the chance to enjoy horses anymore.

After the horseback ride, I was ready to hit the trails. I chose Fisher’s Gap, a four-mile loop that includes two waterfalls: Dark Hollow and Rose River falls.

There are some decent gains in elevation along the way that are sure to get your heart pumping.

Bring a backpack with a few water bottles, a first aid kit, and snacks. You can wear tennis shoes, but I suggest some light hiking boots. It takes about two hours to get through and it’s worth every single minute!

(Check out my pictures of the trip below)

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