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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

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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

    31. Rock Climbing in Breaks Park and Southwest Virginia with Brad Mathisen and Kyle King, Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition

    31. Rock Climbing in Breaks Park and Southwest Virginia with Brad Mathisen and Kyle King, Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition

    “You can climb a route to the top and get this incredible view of the gorge. There’s a feeling of grandeur and wilderness, even though you're extremely close to all the amenities in the park. That's one of the things that makes it a unique place. At one point it feels easy and accessible, and on the other hand, still really wild and out in nature and adventurous.”  -Brad Mathisen, Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition

    Tucked away in a remote corner of Southwest Virginia on the Kentucky border, lies a canyon with towering sandstone cliffs like layers of a tiered cake, natural geologic formations that make this area a climber’s paradise. Kyle King and Brad Mathisen, President and Past President of the Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition, describe the effort undertaken in recent years to offer world-class outdoor recreation at Breaks Interstate Park. Kyle and Brad share the range of beginner and kid-friendly to advanced rock-climbing opportunities at Breaks, as well as their advice for first-time climbers. The collaborative partnership between climbers and Breaks Park is playing a role in revitalizing towns and stimulating economic growth, transforming Central Appalachia into a nationally recognized ecotourism destination. Let’s Go!

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    Guide Book: Breaks Interstate Park Rock Climbs by Bradly Mathisen
    Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition
    Access Fund
    Mountain Sports Limited, Bristol
    Spearhead Trails
    Hidden Valley
    Grayson Highlands Bouldering Guidebook
    Gravelachia Bike Race in Norton
    Sugar Hill Cidery
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    30. Paddling Virginia's Coastal Region with Laura Scharle, Virginia Water Trails

    30. Paddling Virginia's Coastal Region with Laura Scharle, Virginia Water Trails

    “Every time I go paddling, I am completely mesmerized. To be on the beach or in the marsh and not hear or see a single sign of human life, it's just this wow factor that I can't get over.” - Laura Scharle, Virginia Water Trails

    Where can you experience blue crabs foraging in saltwater marshes, turtles basking in quiet creeks, long-legged wading birds stalking in tall grasses, an historic lighthouse on an isolated island, dolphins leaping between the waves, or watermen bringing in the catch of the day? All of this can be found on Virginia Water Trails. Laura Scharle, a certified ecotour guide, describes the paddling opportunities in Virginia’s coastal region. Laura recommends her favorite trails for both beginners and advanced paddlers, as well as how to plan your next getaway complete with lodging, shopping, dining and local festivals. Let’s Go!

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    Urbanna Oyster Festival
    Chincoteague Seafood Festival
    Explore Our Seaside, Virginia Eastern Shore
    Minokin Foundation
    Stratford Hall
    George Washinton Birthplace
    Montross Brewery & Air B&B
    Rogue Oyster Farm
    Matthews County Tourism
    New Point Comfort Lighthouse
    Virginia DWR Boat Launches
    Laura’s Astral life jacket
    Jessica’s Stohlquist life vest
    Mockhorn Island kayak camping 
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    29. Great Hikes in Virginia with Erin Gifford, Founder of Go Hike Virginia

    29. Great Hikes in Virginia with Erin Gifford, Founder of Go Hike Virginia

    “We want our kids to get outside and revel in nature. To get kids to put down the devices, we need to offer them something truly amazing. In Virginia, we can.” -Erin Gifford, Go Hike Virginia

    Are you dreaming of the perfect hike that will make everyone in your family happy? Erin Gifford is the founder of GoHikeVirginia.com, a site where hikers can find detailed information about trails across the commonwealth. Erin has been writing about travel and the outdoors for more than a decade. Her latest book, Hiking with Kids Virginia: 52 Great Hikes for Families, provides all the info you need to plan a winning day hike. Whether you’re hiking with kids or just looking for an interesting, but less challenging, hike for adults, Erin’s book is the resource you need to keep everyone happy in the great outdoors. Let’s Go!

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    The Channels Hike
    Bald Cypress Trail Hike
    Compton Peak Hike in SNP
    Limber Lost Trail Hike in SNP
    Shenandoah National Park
    First Landing State Park
    Manassas National Battlefield Park
    Breaks Interstate Park
    Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
    Wilderness Road State Park
    Roanoke Star
    Smith Mountain Lake State Park
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    28. Exploring Scenic Virginia with Online Influencer, Sunshine Solimen, and her dog, Sancho

    28. Exploring Scenic Virginia with Online Influencer, Sunshine Solimen, and her dog, Sancho

    “When the pandemic happened, I did what I have always wanted to do… I got my dog, Sancho, and then I set my Instagram page to ‘public.’ I love traveling and sharing my travel experiences, and I love the feeling that I get when I'm outside exploring. I want people to experience what it is like to travel to beautiful places in Virginia.”  -Sunshine Solimen, @withsunshinesol
     
    Sunshine Solimen is one of the most popular online influencers in the Virginia outdoor community. Her gorgeous photos and videos of her explorations around Virginia with her Goldendoodle, Sancho, have inspired thousands of people to hit the trails close to home. Sunshine shares how she creates viral content, how to prepare for dog-friendly adventures, and details about her favorite hikes in Virginia. Let’s Go!
     
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    Sunshine’s Gear
    The Ten Essentials of Hiking
    The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace
    All Trails
    Sky Meadows State Park
    Sancho’s Dog Hiking Gear
    Sancho on Instagram
    Sharp Top
    Peaks of Otter, Blue Ridge Parkway
    Cole Mountain
    Old Rag, Shenandoah National Park
    Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
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    • 57 min
    27. Hiking, Cycling, and Paddling the Virginia Nature Triathlon with Senator Tim Kaine

    27. Hiking, Cycling, and Paddling the Virginia Nature Triathlon with Senator Tim Kaine

    “The James River is where American history began...Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail are all such quintessential Virginia journeys. They were built to give hard-working, everyday people a place to go and get in touch with the grandeur of nature.” -Senator Tim Kaine

    Perhaps you’ve heard of the Colorado Fourteeners Challenge or New York’s Adirondack 46er Challenge. Could Virginia have a similar outdoor quest? US Senator Tim Kaine believes we should. An avid outdoorsman, Senator Kaine spent three years hiking, cycling, and paddling over 1,200 miles on a journey he calls the “Virginia Nature Triathlon.” His adventure included hiking the Virginia portion of the Appalachian Trail, cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway and adjacent Skyline Drive, and paddling the James River, from the mountains to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Senator Kaine shares the motivation behind his journey, what he learned about Virginia and about himself along the way, and why he believes Virginians are blessed with an abundance of public lands and natural beauty. Let’s go!

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    Article, “Why Tim Kaine Created the Virginia Nature Triathlon”
    Big Meadows Lodge, Shenandoah National Park
    Cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway
    Skyline Drive
    Appalachian Trail
    James River Association
    Virginia White Water by Roger Corbett
    Guides to James, New, Shenandoah Rivers by Bruce Ingram
    DWR boat launches
    Fall Line Trail 
    Virginia Creeper Trail
    Virginia Capital Trail
    Twin Rivers Outfitters
    Great Dismal Swamp kayaking and camping
    Guthook (FarOut Guides) App for hikers
    Jet Boil Camp Stove
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    26. Elizabeth River Trail with Kindra McDonald Greene, Executive Director I Elizabeth River Trail Foundation

    26. Elizabeth River Trail with Kindra McDonald Greene, Executive Director I Elizabeth River Trail Foundation

    “The trail can get you from one hidden gem to another, highlighting the best of what the city has to offer, and that is what I think is so special about it. We are creating a world class asset that is a source of local pride. We are embracing what makes us unique here in Norfolk.” -Kindra McDonald Greene, Elizabeth River Trail Foundation

    Scenic views, historic sites, museums, restaurants, breweries, and cafes are just a few of the many attractions to explore on Norfolk’s Elizabeth River Trail. Kindra McDonald Greene, Executive Director of the Elizabeth River Trail, shares the highlights of the 10.5-mile multi-use trail located on Norfolk’s iconic waterfront. Following the Elizabeth River, this trail connects 28 neighborhoods and provides trail users with access to downtown’s most popular destinations, including the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus, Hermitage Museum and Gardens, and the 19th century Fort Norfolk. Whether you’re looking for a long-distance ride or a leisurely stroll while watching the ships sail in, the Elizabeth River Trail has something for everyone. Kindra shares future plans for the Elizabeth River Trail to become the first glow-in-the-dark illuminated path on the East Coast. Let’s Go!

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    ERT Interactive Trail Map
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    Virginia Service and Conservation Corps
    Nauticus Museum and the Battleship USS Wisconsin
    American Rover Sailing Cruises
    Hermitage Museum
    Pedego Electric Bike Rentals
    Virginia Cheese Company
    Cure Coffee House
    Benchtop Brewing
    Smartmouth Brewing
    Chelsea Bake House
    Harbor Park, Norfolk Tides Baseball Team
    Norfolk Tour Company
    Celebrate Trails Day – National Rails to Trails Conservancy Day
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    • 46 min

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