Leonard Adkins

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House Mountain

Approaching it from the east on I-64, House Mountain outside of Lexington, Virginia, stands alone, rising abruptly from lowland valleys. As travelers continue westward,...

Kilmer and Beyond

A couple of months ago I wrote about a short hike in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in southwestern North Carolina. The area has...

Mosquito Management

Bumps. Welts. Red splotches. Itchy spots. If this is your body after an outdoor outing, you need help. No matter what you do, you can’t...

Happy Birthday Virginia State Parks!

With six state parks—Douthat, Fairy Stone, Hungry Mother, Seashore (now called First Landing) Staunton River, and Westmoreland—officially opening on June 15, 1936, Virginia became...

Celebrate the A.T.

There is no doubt that Trail Days in Damascus is a fun time, but if you’re really interested in learning just about everything there...

Kilmer’s Grandeur

In my last post, I described how a visit to North Carolina’s Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest changed my thoughts about the poet’s poem “Trees”...