Pocomoke River State Park
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Hiking Pocomoke River State Park

Pocomoke River State Park (Pocomoke, MD)

On my many drives from New Jersey to Virginia, I’ve seen Pocomoke River State Park near Pocomoke City and Snow Hill in Worcester County. I’ve always wanted to stop at Pocomoke River State Park, but for whatever reason, weather, timing, it just didn’t work out.

Pocomoke River State Park

A couple of weeks ago, my legs were feeling restless, so I decided to stop.  I was not disappointed!

Pocomoke River State Park

Pocomoke River State Park is located right off Route 113, just before connecting with Route 13. There are plenty of hiking trails.  Plus, if you are looking for camping, they have an electric hookup, camp store, picnic area, nature center, bathhouse, dumping station, swimming pool and even large boat launch. There are several areas to camp, including Shad Landing and Milburn Landing Areas

Pocomoke River State Park
Pocomoke River

I went to Shad Landing which is on the south side of the Pocomoke River near Route 113. I didn’t realize there was a whole separate section called Milburn Landing.  It’s 25 minute drive between the two sections of Pocomoke River State Park.  I can see how they host an 50k ultra race at Pocomoke River State Park.

Pocomoke River State Park
Catch the vulture?

Located within the 15,000 wooded acres of Pocomoke State Forest has about 15,000 wooded acres. Pocomoke River State Park is famous for its loblolly pine and for its cypress swamps. The Pocomoke River originates in the Great Cypress Swamp in Delaware and flows south 45 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. Cypress Swamp and upland is home to plenty of plant and animal life, including otters and bald eagles, and over 50 species of fish.

Pocomoke River State Park
Might need this…

Even though it was a beautiful 60 degrees in January, the seasonal things were obviously closed.

Pocomoke River State Park

I didn’t plan to stop at Pocomoke River State Park, so I didn’t have any ideas of trails. Several trails hike through the Great Cypress Swamp in Delaware and Maryland. Plus, you can hike by the Chesapeake Bay as well as areas of the Pocomoke River.

Pocomoke River State Park
My favorite photo of Pocomoke River State Park. You can see the rainbow reflecting off the water

Here are a few photos from the stop.  I was only at Pocomoke River State Park for an hour, but it was a great stop to get out and stretch my legs. I find I’ve struggled to sit still on the 6-hour drive.

Pocomoke River State Park me selfie

You can see all the hikes here.

Questions for you:

Have you ever been to Pocomoke River State Park?

Do you sit still well in car rides? 

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Walking Dunes Trail in Cape Henlopen State Park (Lewes Delaware)
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Walking Dunes Trail in Cape Henlopen State Park

Walking Dunes Trail in Cape Henlopen State Park (Lewes Delaware)

While in Delaware, I wanted to check out Cape Henlopen State Park. It looked beautiful. With the exception of traveling through Delaware, I haven’t spent a lot time in Lewes, Rehobeth Beach, or Bethany Beach. I’ve heard Delaware State Parks are beautiful, so I’ve always wanted too. When the opportunity to visit Cape Henlopen State Park presented itself, I decided to go. Why not?

Walking Dunes Trail in Cape Henlopen State Park (Lewes Delaware)

 

The Walking Dunes Trail in Cape Henlopen State Park is a natural, flat trail. While there isn’t much elevation change, it’s a great option to walk your dogs, get outside, or relax. You don’t need hiking shoes or hiking boots.

Cape Henlopen State Park has several things to do, including the surf, fishing pier, hiking, cycling, or just relaxing at the beach.  There are also campsites and bunkers if you want to spend a few days there. Near the parking lot and trailhead for the Walking Dunes Trail, there is a seaside nature center and park office. Towards the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, you can find a bait and tackle shop.

When we were down towards the shore, people were looking at horseshoe crabs.  Several loop trails are depending on the distance you want to go, but the Walking Dunes Trail was perfect for us.  We saw several people out too!

Plus, on the Walking Dune Trail, there is also Fort Miles, which is cool to see some historical sites.

Walking Dunes Trail in Cape Henlopen State Park (Lewes Delaware)
Like this bunker!

In all, it was a great time.

You can see more hikes here.

Questions for you:

Have you ever been to the Walking Dunes Trail in Cape Henlopen State Park?

Do you prefer hilly hikes or sandy beach hikes? 

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Hiking Pocahontas State Park

Hiking Pocahontas State Park

On our way from Virginia Beach to Charlottesville, my husband and I drove through downtown Richmond, the capital of Virginia.

Pocahontas State Park is only 20 miles from Richmond. Even though I grew up 90 minutes south of Richmond, I haven’t spent as much time in the city as I would like. On our drive, it was a beautiful day so we decided to stop for a short hike at Pocahontas State Park. You don’t get many 50-60 degree days in December and I like to take adantage of all of them.

A quick google search found Pocahontas State Park on our route and it has 64 miles of hiking trails. There is single track, mountain bike trail, and hiking trails.

Pocahontas State Park offers plenty to do including hiking, boating, picnicking, camping, camping cabins, and even nature programs.  If you want to host a wedding or special event, they have banquet halls too.  Plus, like most parks, there are cabins and lodge, and boat rentals that are available seasonally.  It didn’t look like anyone was boating on Beaver Lake or Swift Creek Lake, so I assume it’s seasonal only.

There is also an Aquatic Center with a toddler pool, fountain wet deck, pools, and slides. I don’t know if I have been to a Park with an entire Aquatic Center, but the swimmer in me loves it.

The other unique component of Pocahontas State Park is the 2,000-seat amphitheater, which hosts concerts.

As you can tell, I’m fascinated with everything there is to do at Pocahontas State Park and I would love to explore the area more. I might be biased after growing up in Hampton Roads, but Virginia State Park System does a beautiful job with their State Parks.

When we went to Pocahontas State Park, we didn’t have a plan or even what trails we were going to hike. We kind of walked around and saw what we saw. It would be a lot of fun to spend a day or two in Pocahontas State Park.

Pocahontas State Park
Pocahontas State Park Amphitheater
Pocahontas State Park
Hiking along Pocahontas State Park

Pocahontas State Park

Pocahontas State Park

Pocahontas State Park
I assume this is for bees

Pocahontas State Park

In all, we had a great time at Pocahontas State Park and I can’t wait to go back again sometime soon.

You can see more hikes here. 

Questions for you:

Have you been to Pocahontas State Park near Richmond?

Do you have a favorite spot to hike near you?

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Hiking Stephens State Park

Hiking Stephens State Park

(specifically the Orange, White and White Rumbly Climb Loop trail).

I think I typed this entire post and then the internet ate it or it got misplaced somewhere.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I went hiking at Stephens State Park.  The trail name is called: “Orange, White and White Rumbly Climb Loop. ”

The Orange, White and White Rumbly Climb Loop is roughly 8.3 miles. We cut parts out and went on the “Fuzzy Things” trail, which ultimately made our adventure 7.5.  The Orange, White and White Rumbly Climb Loop is typically moderately trafficked, but because we went on a cold day, we didn’t see anyone. Just a fisherman at the beginning!

All of the trails for Stephens State Park start near the Musconetcong River.  Apparently, it’s a tremendous freshwater trout fishing spot.  At the trailhead, there are a fishing spot, picnic tables and picnic shelters,  park office (open in April) and a restroom with flushing toilets.  There is even a playground within walking distance. The rest of Stephens State Park is great for hiking, mountain biking, trail running, or even horseback riding.

There are trail markers (red trail, white trail, and orange) and trail loops that range from 1-8.3 miles.

Hiking Stephens State Park (specifically the Orange, White and White Rumbly Climb Loop trail)

Depending on which way you do the loop, the Orange, White, and White Rumbly Climb Loop is either

steep in the beginning followed by a long gradual downhill for the last several miles

long gradual uphill oer seeral miles followed by a and steep downhill

Hiking Stephens State Park (specifically the Orange, White and White Rumbly Climb Loop trail)
At the start

We decided to do the Orange, White and White Rumbly Climb Loop backward, so we were climbing most of the time and a steep 1 mile downhill for the last mile. I don’t like steep downhills, but it wasn’t too bad.

Hiking Stephens State Park (specifically the Orange, White and White Rumbly Climb Loop trail)

Hiking Stephens State Park (specifically the Orange, White and White Rumbly Climb Loop trail)
We have so many questions…what happened to this house? It seems like it is relatively modern.
Hiking Stephens State Park (specifically the Orange, White and White Rumbly Climb Loop trail)
Cutting off a portion to go on the “Fuzzy Things” Trail. We have yet to find the “Fuzzy Things

Hiking Stephens State Park (specifically the Orange, White and White Rumbly Climb Loop trail)

In all, it was a fun (but a cold day). If you are ever in the Hacketstown area, I will check it out (and also the River Star Diner).

You can see all the hikes here

 

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge
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Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

If you are into history and hiking Valley Forge is a great spot to stop.

A brief history:

During the Revolutionary War, Valley Forge was commanded by General George Washington and functioned as a military encampment for the Continental Army’s main body.

In the winter of 1777, General George Washington led his 12,000-man army into Valley Forge.  They remained there from December 1777 to June 1778. For six months, Valley Forge was one of the largest cities in the colonies. Washington’s men created crude huts to serve as temporary barracks. George Washington set up his headquarters in a small stone building considered to be the “Pentagon.” General Washington and his men worked there.

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

During the winter, roughly 2,000 soldiers and about 1500 horses died due to disease or malnutrition.

Today, Valley Forge National Historical Park preserves 3,500 acres of the original encampment site.  Since it’s such a historic area, along with most of Philadelphia, I highly recommend taking a trip if you’re around.


I’ve been to Valley Forge multiple times, but it wasn’t until recently I knew there were trails. My good friend and writer, Jen and I headed up on a cool Thursday afternoon.  There are a few trails that you can hike at Valley Forge and Washington’s Headquarters. Jen actually trained for her trail race in the park. From Washington’s Headquarters, you have the choice to hike Mount Misery and Mount Joy. We chose Mount Misery, but I want to come back to Mount Joy soon.

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

You can park at Washington’s Headquarters in Valley Forge. At Washington’s Headquarters, there are bathrooms as well as a still in use train station.  There are also guided tours too. Walk down the Train Station platform and down the steps.  As you continue along the gravel path at Valley Forge, you’ll see Washington’s Headquarters.  Continue straight until you get to the road. At the fork, you can start with alley Creek Trail or Horse-Shoe Trail. It depends if you want to start with the easy (alley Creek Trail) and finish with the harder (Horse-Shoe Trail) or the opposite. Horse Shoe Trail is what takes you to the peak.

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

We started with Valley Creek Trail which is an easy, flat, trail. Horse-Shoe Trail takes you up Mount Misery and the Valley Creek Trail takes you back. You can see an old Covered Bridge as well. Hiking up trails on Mount Misery in Valley Forge is roughly a 4 miles from the parking lot at Washingtons Headquarters.

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

In all, it was a fun hike and I’m glad Jen and I did the Mount Misery Trail. I’m looking forward to hiking the Mount Hope Trail soon.

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

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Questions for you:

What is the last historical spot you went to?

Have you hiked Mount Misery at Valley Forge?