Experience West Virginia’s beautiful mountain landscapes onboard one of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s Mountain Rail Adventures. Spring train rides will begin on Saturdays in April with our spring-summer schedule taking effect Memorial Day Weekend in late May. With three depot locations and six regularly scheduled trains, there’s a destination for everybody! Enjoy our…

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Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are known for their 32 miles of white-sand beaches that line the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. But there is more than meets the eye for nature lovers searching for a vacation location. The Alabama Gulf Coast is home to a vast amount of diverse flora and fauna.…

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DGIF invites all Virginians to join us in our mission to ensure wildlife has healthy places to live and thrive by becoming a Restore the Wild Member. Your membership will help support projects across the state designed to restore and create wildlife habitat vital for their survival. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries…

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Fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the natural beauty of Western Maryland. According to weather.com, this year’s fall foliage is expected to peak around mid- to late October. Here are some of the best places throughout Washington County for leaf peepers to experience magnificent fall colors. Scenic Overlooks Washington County has no shortage…

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Travel across Virginia and you’ll find a Virginia State Park along the way. Every region offers distinctive state parks — from the mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, from the Valley to Southside Virginia. Find your park and find your adventure. When it comes to hiking, regardless of your experience level, you’ll find an adventurous and…

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Connecting with nature can be a powerful thing. Many of us seek it out almost instinctively to ease our minds and escape the daily grind of urban life. Hiking, biking, and even walking– the art of simply travelling from one place to another– is one of the most simple and enjoyable ways to get ourselves…

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With our unique coastal environment, Virginia Beach is a haven for avid campers and hikers alike. First Landing State Park and False Cape State Park both provide an unencumbered glimpse into our awe-inspiring natural landscapes. With miles of interpretive hiking and biking trails, traditional and primitive camping opportunities, and unobstructed coastline along both the Chesapeake…

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Following the route of an old railroad bed, the Virginia Creeper Trail is named for the steam engine that once chugged along it and for the Virginia Creeper vine that populates the area. With the abandonment of many railroads in the 1970s, a national movement gained momentum to convert train tracks into trails. A coalition…

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As America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital, there’s no better place to get outside than the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. With more than 300 miles of trails and 15 breweries, it’s the perfect place for a day of mountain biking, capped off with a beer or two. Check out these bike and brew…

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Get ready to explore Virginia Beach by bike. With more than 200 miles of bikeways and trails, and new ones being added all the time, you’re sure to find an adventure that fits your style. Explore the seven distinct ecosystems at First Landing State Park. Bike 19 miles of interpretive trails through protected habitats like…

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Traversing the mountains of Bath is an awakening, of sorts. Surrounded by fertile forests replete with native flora and fauna, you eventually recognize the obvious: This place is a slice of heaven. The County of Bath is free of modern congestion; there are no strip malls or stoplights here. Rather, there is an abundance of…

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Would you believe me if I told you that giving people permission to “not” do something is one of the best pieces of advice I pass to people as a mountain bike skills coach? I own TakeAim Cycling, a skills company that has coached riders and new instructors for almost 10 years from Vermont to…

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Calling all outdoor lovers, adventure seekers, and do-gooders! What if your outdoor adventures could also make a BIG impact on a kid’s life? We know you love to hit the open road in search of your next epic adventure to enjoy all that the Great Outdoors has to offer. What if we told you that…

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Are you interested in developing and attracting mountain bike events to your area? Do you want to help develop the next generation of mountain bikers? Are you looking for funding sources for your next mountain bike project? Then mark your calendar for the 2020 Blue Ridge Mountain Biking Conference in Roanoke, Virginia. Serve the future…

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While crisp mountain air and vistas of vibrant foliage are reasons enough for a fall mountain getaway, consider a whole mountain of brilliant reasons to experience autumn in Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland. Catch the Fall Foliage Train Experience All aboard this vibrant excursion, as passengers are transported through the colorful mountains of changing…

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