Monday, November 16, 2020

Blue Ridge Mountains Adventure - Day 4

I wanted to squeeze in one more hike before we called it a trip. In the name of efficiency, we opted to string together trails located within the Wintergreen Resort itself. We connected up the Old Appalachian Trail, Upper Shamokin Gorge Trail and Chestnut Springs Trail. Given the density of housing within the area and the range of clientele who visit the resort, I had my expectations for these trails set low. If we got out in the woods for another hour or so, that was going to be considered a win.

The Old Appalachian Trail started off delightful, and as expected, quite tame. However, things took a turn for the interesting when we started down the Upper Shamokin Gorge Trail. This was a fun trail with plenty of rock scrambling. I finished that trail quite impressed. The Chestnut Trail brought us back to reality as we made up way up from the gorge to civilization and our car.

We stopped at one of the overlooks for one more picture and I continued to be blown away by the scene in front of me. This place is truly gorgeous.

With our last trail logged, we officially called it a trip and made our way back to DC.

I couldn't have been happier with our choice of vacation spots. The weekday off-season rate we paid for our condo was incredibly low. And the range of hikes, from those just a few minute drive away, to an hour away, were all impressive. And I could get used to drinking hard cider every night.

With all that said, we can't really speak to how nice a resort Wintergreen is. We didn't engage with any of the amenities, activities or restaurants. Still, there's no arguing they've got an ideal location. I'd go back in a minute.

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