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From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia is a mecca for outdoor travel and adventure. Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast brings listeners stories and recommendations from leaders and influencers across the Virginia outdoor community. Get the information and the inspiration to plan your own adventure, right here in Virginia. Join Virginia Outdoor Adventures Host, Jessica Bowser, as guests discuss destinations, activities, trails, gear, and the best local flavors in every region of the Commonwealth. Let's Go! www.virginiaoutdooradventures.com

Virginia Outdoor Adventures Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast

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From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia is a mecca for outdoor travel and adventure. Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast brings listeners stories and recommendations from leaders and influencers across the Virginia outdoor community. Get the information and the inspiration to plan your own adventure, right here in Virginia. Join Virginia Outdoor Adventures Host, Jessica Bowser, as guests discuss destinations, activities, trails, gear, and the best local flavors in every region of the Commonwealth. Let's Go! www.virginiaoutdooradventures.com

    22. Hiking McAfee Knob and Virginia’s Triple Crown with Diana Christopulos I Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club

    22. Hiking McAfee Knob and Virginia’s Triple Crown with Diana Christopulos I Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club

    “The actual day-to-day maintenance of the trail is almost 100% done by volunteers. We need to take good care of it for ourselves and for future generations.” -Diana Christopulos

    Often referred to as “one of the most spectacular hikes in the US,” McAfee Knob attracts hikers from across the world and is one of the most photographed spots on the entire Appalachian Trail. Former Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club President, Diana Christopulos, shares everything you need to know before hitting the trail in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, including where to gear up, what to do while you’re in town, and where to find the best local brew at the end of the day. Diana also gives us insight into what it takes to maintain and preserve a trail that receives 70,000 visitors a year. Let’s Go!

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    Links:
    Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club Website I Facebook I Meetup I Store I Specialty License Plate
    Diana’s Blog
    Virginia’s Triple Crown
    McAfee Knob Hike
    Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
    Blue Ridge Marathon
    Cox Conserves
    Blue Ridge Land Conservancy
    Roanoke Outside
    Olde Salem Brewing Company
    Parkway Brewery
    Roanoke Brew Pubs
    Roanoke Wineries
    Walkabout Outfitters
    Hotel Roanoke
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    • 44 min
    21. Mountain Biking with Thomas Jenkins I Co-Owner, Shenandoah Bicycle Company

    21. Mountain Biking with Thomas Jenkins I Co-Owner, Shenandoah Bicycle Company

    “We always joke about whether we spend more time riding or hanging out in the parking lot, eating and drinking. But that’s the mountain biking community, and that’s the Virginia outdoors. It’s about people.” – Thomas Jenkins, Shenandoah Bicycle Company

    Virginia has earned bragging rights as one of the best places for mountain biking on the east coast. From the well-maintained slopes of Massanutten to over 100 miles of backcountry trails within George Washington National Forest, Harrisonburg, Virginia has something for every experienced or beginner rider. Fueled by his love for two wheels, Thomas Jenkins, co-owner of Shenandoah Bicycle Company in downtown Harrisonburg, has spent 25 years working to improve trails and transportation in his community. A former mountain biking competitor, Thomas shares how to access the best local trails for all experience levels. Whether you want to cruise a country road or shred on a downhill, Thomas shares the tips and tricks you need to plan your off-road adventure. Let’s Go!

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    Enter code "VIRGINIA10" at checkout for 10% off at Appalachian Gear Company
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Connect with Thomas: Instagram I Facebook I Website I The Pulp Smoothie Cafe
    Mountain Bike Ride in the Burg!, Article by Visit Harrisonburg
    Rocktown Trails at Hillandale Park, Harrisonburg
    Massanutten Western Slope Trails
    Friends of Shenandoah Mountain
    George Washinton National Forest Mountain Biking
    George Washington National Forest Trails
    Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition
    Massanutten Resort
    Cycling Virginia (Bike Clubs)
    MTB Project
    Trailforks
    Carvin’s Cove in Roanoke
    City of Harrisonburg
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    • 38 min
    20. Thru-Hiking with Kristen Musselman I Chief Hiking Officer, Devils Backbone Brewing Company

    20. Thru-Hiking with Kristen Musselman I Chief Hiking Officer, Devils Backbone Brewing Company

    “Some of the things that continue to draw me back to the outdoors are the connections I make with others, which tend to be richer when I'm connecting with them outside. The connections I make with myself tend to be more introspective and fuller when I'm outside, and the spiritual connections I have with nature are things my eyes are significantly more open to when I'm lacking the distractions of the front country.” -Kristen Musselman, Chief Hiking Officer

    Imagine your outdoor dream job. It might look something like this…Kristen Musselman spent six months hiking and camping full-time as the Chief Hiking Officer for Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Nelson County, Virgina. She traveled from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail and many other local trails along the east coast. Kristen speaks to the unique joys and challenges of solo backcountry travel and her deep love for getting outside. She also tells us what is in her pack, shares tips for long distance backpacking, and reveals some of her favorite trails in Virginia. Let’s Go!

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    VAOA Podcast is Sponsored by: The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
    Use code “VAOA” for 10% off your order at The Freckled Farm Soap Company
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Connect with Kristen: Instagram I Chief Hiking Officer Blog
    Appalachian Trail
    Shenandoah National Park
    Bear’s Den Trail in Bluemont/Leesburg
    Harper’s Ferry, Loudon Heights Trail 8 miles
    Old Rag Trail, Shenandoah National Park
    BearFence Rock Scramble Trail, Shenandoah National Park
    Grayson Highlands State Park
    Appalachian Gear Company - Use promo code "VIRGINIA10" for 10% off
    Facebook groups:
    Solo Female Hikers & Adventurers
    Virginia Backpacking
    Appalachian Trail, Virginia
    Women over 40 Who Hike and Backpack
    Women Hikers & Outdoor Adventurers
    Shenandoah National Park Hikers
    Northern Virginia Hiking Group
    Virginia Hiking Adventures
    Virginia Hiking
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    • 55 min
    19. Season 2 Trailer with Brian Bell from Keep Virginia Cozy

    19. Season 2 Trailer with Brian Bell from Keep Virginia Cozy

    In this Season 2 Trailer, Brian Bell, Founder of Keep Virginia Cozy, joins me for a sneak peek into upcoming episodes of Virginia Outdoor Adventures. 
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    Mentioned in this Episode:

    Connect with Brian Bell and Keep Virginia Cozy:  Website I Facebook I Instagram
    Episode 1 with Brian Bell
    Episode 3 with Phil Riggan
    Episode 4 with Donna Shaunesey
    Episode 8 with RVA Hiker Girl
    Episode 13 with Lynn Cameron
    Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
    Explore Park, Roanoke
    Shenandoah Bicycle Company
    Abingdon Hikes
    Reddish Knob
    Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness
    Shenandoah Mountain Hikes
    Hone Quarry Recreation Area
    The Channels Natural Area Preserve
    Douthat State Park 
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    • 36 min
    18. BONUS EPISODE with She Opts Out

    18. BONUS EPISODE with She Opts Out

    Hi, Friends. Jessica here, Host of Virginia Outdoor Adventures, coming to you with a bonus episode. But before I get to that, I have exciting news about Season 2. Stay tuned for an announcement about a launch date for the second season in the upcoming weeks. My friend and keeper of the outdoors, Brian Bell from Keep Virginia Cozy, sat down with me to record a trailer where we reveal a sneak peek into upcoming episodes of Virginia Outdoor Adventures. Keep an eye on my Instagram page @virginia_outdoor_adventures and Facebook page @vaoapodcast for news and announcements. 
    And now, the bonus episode. You may remember Linda and Mandi from She Opts Out who where my guests in Episode 14. After appearing on Virginia Outdoor Adventures, they invited me to be a guest on their show, which recently aired on She Opts Out Podcast. As a show host, I’m more used to asking the questions rather than answering them, but it was fun to chat with Linda and Mandi about my background, how I got into the outdoors, and how Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast started. I also got to talk about building an outdoor community in Virginia, completing Trail Quest by visiting every Virginia State Park, and some of my most memorable hikes. Also included in our discussion – solo hiking and solo adventuring, outdoor safety, my gear, four-season hiking, one of my personal fears (which is probably not what you would expect), and my advice for beginner adventurers. 
    Without further ado, here is my first guest appearance on She Opts Out Podcast. Let’s Go!

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    Connect with She Opts Out: Instagram I Facebook I Website
    Podcast Host Jessica Bowser Discusses the Value of Journaling About Outdoor Experiences, by Amanda Creasey 
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    • 44 min
    Season 2 of VAOA Podcast Coming Soon!

    Season 2 of VAOA Podcast Coming Soon!

    Thanks for joining us for the first season of Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast. We'll be taking a short production break to meet with future guests but we’ll be back with more adventure stories and recommendations from across the commonwealth in Season 2.

    We would love to hear your suggestions for guests or topics to cover in the future. Please contact us by email at jessica@virginiaoutdooradventures.com or connect with us on social media.

    In the meantime, stay in touch with updates, new episode announcements, tips and travel ideas on our social media pages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    Until next season, Adventure On.

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Ersellers19 ,

Keep Adventuring

I started listening to this podcast while hiking the Arizona Trail earlier this year. It’s inspiring, informative, educational and fun. Great work!

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6feettall ,

Practical and Empowering

I absolutely love this podcast! I always finish an episode armed with new knowledge, or new ideas of activities to try by or places to go – sometimes all three! I love that I come away with practical, applicable knowledge. This podcast is so educational and empowering. I have recommended it to all my fellow outdoor-loving friends and family. If you love the outdoors, you will love this podcast!

JessicaRyanPhoto ,

Great Outdoor Podcast for women

Loved listening to the She Opts Out episode. Thank you Jessica for creating a space for women here in Virginia to chat about the outdoors and create community!

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