Blue Ridge Mountains - Top 10 Wonders
A guide to some of the most remarkable natural Blue Ridge Mountain scenic sights in the southern U.S. This segment includes the Virginia counties of Carroll, Smyth, Grayson and the city of Galax. It also includes the North Carolina counties of Alleghany, Surry, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Stokes. The video covers Stone Mountain (NC), Devils Den, New River, Mount Rogers, Dan River, Pilot Mountain State Park, Whitetop Mountain, Hanging Rock, Mount Airy Granite Quarry, and the salt wells of Saltville, VA.
Virginia Mountains Tourist Information Center
VisitVirginiaMountains.com - Tourist information for the Virginia Mountains and Smyth County, Virginia. The towns of Chilhowie, Saltville, and Marion are located within Smyth County along with the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Hungry Mother State Park, Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, and the Appalachian Trail.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Virginia Mountains and Smyth County, Virginia. Survivor's Big Tom talks about his hometown.
Hiking the Great Channels of Virginia
Around 4200 feet above sea level, high up near the summit of Middle Knob on Clinch Mountain, along the Washington and Russell county line in southwest Virginia, is the Great Channels Natural Preserve and Channels State Forest. The Channels are a maze of crevices and cracks in a series of massive sandstone boulders. Its about a 3 mile (one way) moderate hike (1200 feet of elevation gain) up to the rock formations from Highway 80 at Hayters Gap, a saddle in the mountain where the highway passes over. Once you arrive at the Channels, you can walk down into the cracks and explore various pathways through the maze. It's almost like being in cave except you are above ground. Back up on top, you can hop from rock to rock while getting excellent views towards Brumley Mountain, the spine of Clinch Mountain, Beartown Mountain, and beyond. On this day its rather hazy on the horizon but nearly 360 degree views for hundreds of miles are likely on a good clear day. This hike took place June 1, 2014, and my good buddy Whatnot987 was also along for the adventure...be sure to check out his video of this hike as well. But in reality, no photo or video can do this place justice. To fully appreciate the scale and grandeur, you need to go visit for yourself! Thanks for watching!
Hidden Valley Lake - Abingdon Virginia
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Enjoyed a beautiful fide to hidden valley lake today.
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A Quick Tour of Treasure Potts Antiques in Fancy Gap, VA
This is the short video tour of Treasure Potts in Fancy Gap--quick hello from co-owner, Margaret Barnhardt.
Blue Ridge Mountains - Cascade Highlands Tourism Assoc.
Escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains, a southwest Va. and northwest NC destination. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to majestic valleys and foothills, the Blue Ridge should be the backdrop for your next vacation. Our mountains and rivers are among some of the oldest in the world. Whether you prefer an active day of cycling, paddling, fishing, hunting, hiking or equestrian or a relaxing evening on the back porch or around a campfire, our region beckons. Or come tour and enjoy the vineyards and wineries that beckon throughout the Yadkin Valley wine region and Virginia's Mountain Road Wine Experience.
This video includes: Raffaldini Vineyards, Mount Airy, Andy Griffith Museum, RagApple Lassie Vineyards, Sanders Ridge Vineyard, Saltville, Museum of the Middle Appalachians, Stone Mountain State Park, New River Trail, Pilot Mountain, Marion, Va., Francis Marion Hotel, Squad Car Tours, Snappy Lunch, and Galax.
Welcome to Sanibel Island, Florida!
INFO: - As you leave Fort Myers and begin to cross the Sanibel Causeway, gulls, pelicans and terns herald your arrival - flying alongside your car, and you may possibly be greeted by jumping dolphins below in the water.
Here, mother nature has created a masterpiece of soft white sugary sand, soothing gulf breezes and abundant natural beauty. From the renowned and historic Sanibel Lighthouse, which beckons you to the shell strewn Gulf of Mexico beaches, to the meandering canals, Sanibel possibly has the best weather in the world.
But it's the beaches... garnished with tossing palm trees and whispering pines, it's miles and miles of beaches appeal to even the most finicky of beach enthusiasts.
Sniabel Island offers the best shelling in North America simply because of geography and the shape of the island. The term Sanibel Stoop and Captiva Crouch refers to the many visitors bending over and collecting their bounty of seashells. In fact, The non profit Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum features more than 30 exibits of mollusks from around the world, and are devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitat, rare specimens, fossil shells, and more. There is a hands on play area for children as well as videos and games.
Miles of white beaches are located throughout Sanibel and nearby Captiva island. Most beaches have nearby parking, restrooms, showers, grills, picnic tables and of course, miles and miles of sand. Some beaches have gentle waves perfect for little children - others have a bigger surf to slash and swim in the sun kissed Gulf.
Enjoy miles of scenic bike paths and walking paths that meander along the gulf and wind through wildlife habitat and quiet neighborhoods.
Sanibel is a barrier island sanctuary where over 67 percent of the lands on the island are protected.The J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is second only to beaches as the island's top attraction, and is one of the top 5 most visited refuges in the US. Tram tours are the best and most eco friendly option with little impact on the environment, plus your experienced guides will help you spot wildlife that most visitors would never see on their own or would be able to identify. These guides take visitors past tidal mud flats and mangrove forests where spoonbills, herons, flamingos, egrets, pelicans, ibis, anhingas, bald eagles and many more birds may be observed.
Whether you're a fisherman angling for your early morning catch, a kamakaze pelican looking for his next meal or just want a nice quiet seafood dinner, there are many local restaurants and cafes for your dining pleasure. The island is pleasantly devoid of chain stores and restaurant, as well as big box stores, but is dotted with locally owned, colorful shops, galleries and restaurants.
The recently renovated Island Cinema and the Schoolhouse Theatre provide plenty of entertainment. The new city recreation center offers swimming and other activities.
The best way to experience this paradise is to stay right here on the islands. For information on a beautiful gulf side 3 bedroom condominium for rent, visit Shorewood2C.com. With room to sleep 6, the quite complex offers a swimming pool and direct access to this sandy beach.
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Buzzard Rock, Whitetop Mountain, Mount Rogers NRA, VA
On November 11, Veteran's Day, I returned to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in Jefferson National Forest to hike Whitetop Mountain, the 2nd tallest peak in Virginia. Despite numerous visits to nearby Mt. Rogers and Grayson Highlands, I've never taken the time to check out the trails a few measly miles west. First I started with a quick bushwhack up to Bluff Mountain, a ranked VA 4500 peak and the 5th tallest peak in the state. (I called it the 4th highest peak in VA, my first mistake of a few.) Then I parked at Elk Garden to do a similar hike to the one we have posted on HU
I followed the Appalachian Trail west/south gradually ascending the flanks of Whitetop Mountain through hardwood forests. Eventually the AT crosses FR 89 and the land opens up with big views south. This is a preview of much better views from Buzzard Rock after a short half-mile section through trees. The enormous grassy bald around Buzzard Rock on the southwest flank of Whitetop Mountain is more reminiscent of grassy balds in NC than it is to nearby balds of Wilburn Ridge and Thomas Knob. The land is much less rocky with few boulders, except Buzzard Rock itself. It is a stunning area with two big viewpoints below the open hulk of Whitetop. First I stopped for a snack break at the south rocks with views of the entire Amphibolite Mountain range and distant views of Grandfather Mountain and the Roan Highlands. Next I walked up to the north rocks with views northwest of the highest peaks in VA outside of the Iron Mountains. Beartown Mountain and Balsam Beartown Mountain are the highest, most prominent Allegheny Mountain peaks along the VA/WV border, and you can also see Bald Knob and Peters Mountain above the New River Valley.
From Buzzard Rock I followed the old AT route up to FR 89C and connected with FR 89B to walk to the summit of Whitetop. The true summit is located on the east side of the towers complex inside a cluster of southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest. Whitetop Mountain is the 2nd highest peak in VA (5,540 feet), but doesn't boast a forest as impressive as Mt. Rogers. (In the video I mistakenly quoted the elevations from Peakbagger and Lists of John, I was off a little for each.) I then followed FR 89 down to the AT crossing, and what a descent it turned out to be. The road tightly switchbacks for hundreds of feet with wide open views at every turn. I got my first glimpse of Mt. Rogers since I parked, and there were the same views south as from Buzzard Rock. This was also the first time I saw people all day. Numerous cars were driving up the road but no one was hiking. In fact, I did not see one hiker on this beautiful Sunday until the very end.
Back at Elk Garden I quickly hiked up to the Balsam Mountain subpeak. This small knob has great views of Mt. Rogers and Brier Ridge, plus good views northwest. In the video I got this completely wrong, stating I could see Cabin Ridge, Thomas Knob, Pine Mountain, and Wilburn Ridge. It looks like Brier Ridge blocks all views, and I should've reviewed the area before I began pointing these things out. Another mistake that really pisses me off when I'm overconfident and fail to check my map or GPS on my phone or Garmin. Overall this is fantastic and relatively easy area to hike and access, and wayyyyyyyy less crowded than Grayson Highlands. I would highly recommend checking this out instead of paying the fee to enter the state park on a nice weekend.
Hike was 9.2 miles with 1,815 feet elevation gain in 5 hours.
Road Trip #9: I-77 in Virginia Down the Gap
A quick trip on I-77 South in Virginia from Fancy Gap to the North Carolina state line. Music Intro by The xx.
White Top Mountain, Virginia USA
Dedicated to my wonderful mother Kathy
Stop action 35 mm digital movie taken from the top of White Top Mountain, Virginia, USA