Hiked 130km in 15 days through 7 StatesWE LOVE TRAILS! This was a vacation focused on Trails! We wanted to stay close to home this trip, so, we traveled for less then 6 to 3 hours between adventures.
10km in Ohio's Geneva on the Lake
We started in Ohio, hiked around Geneva on the Lake. We hiked the main drag through the marina lodge, through a State Park and back. Enough for Buddy to find his first fish and ROLL! NOOO!
We like to start in Geneva on the Lake, see our good friends and enjoy this fun Summer town.
30km in Camp Creek State Park, West VirginiaNext we traveled to West Virginia were we hiked 30kms through Camp Creek State Park.
It's lovely. However, we had an adventure where Buddy went missing in the 5,300 acres of forest land. Duke rescued Buddy. To see all the details of that adventure please visit our blog Buddy Goes Missing, Duke to the Rescue.
64 km (or 40miles) of trails, we only explored 30 km of them. Two included finding waterfalls, LOVE that.
They had all types of camp sites. Sites with electricity were $23 per night.
onto a small creek.
We were able to hike and view the waterfalls without any crowds. Trail maps were a little off, but, the trails were very well marked and an excellent challenge.
We met some wonderful people while there, they recommended we go to Hungry Mother State Park in Virginia for some excellent camping and hiking. So, that's where we headed to next.
20km Hungry Mother State Park, VirginiaWe ended up being the ONLY ones in a camping in the loop we were in. Just us and the Camp Hosts. The Camp Hosts were new, it was their first week was Camping hosts ever and the wife of the couple had never camped before. They were very excited. They get to camp for 6 weeks, while hosting those who come to the camp. Limited duties actually sounded fun!
They had all types of camp sites. Sites with electricity were $30 per night.
Hungry Mother State Park were excellent, the maps were bang on and there were a TON of other activities if one wanted. About 2,900 acres. The lake is 108 acres.
ng, canoeing and much more to offer.
20km Lake Powhatan right outside of Ashville, North Carolina
$22/night for full hook up sites.
The locals in North Carolina are also some of the MOST friendly people we've met. Everyone says hello are very welcoming. You can tell the tourist as they aren't as friendly.
There weren't very many tourists this time of year, the locals seemed to take breaks in their day to come up from Asheville to run or bike through the hills.
Exploring Asheville, North Carolina
The weather is perfect in May. I can't imagine how WARM it would be in the summer.
Last hike in Asheville! Love it.
20km in South Fork National Lake Rec Center Tennesseetrails where there!
The rangers must have been new. I asked them where the trails were, they said we had to get into a car and drive a few miles to find them. GUESS WHAT?? The trail heads were actually right at our campsite! I'm glad we always take a walk around and explore on our own.
Mammoth Caves National Park 20km in Kentucky
Campsite was called Primitive Camping, meaning, no water or electricity at your campsite. However, their facilities were excellent and they had laundry.
Jerry has his special pass so we get National parks at half price, so, I think this cost us only $8.50/night.
We explored the caves the next day. The drip stone tour was excellent. You entered the caves through a 250 step shaft straight down.
10km East Fork State Park, Ohio
Many of the bathrooms weren't open yet and the water wasn't on in any of the camp areas yet. That's all ok as we had our own water and bathroom.
It was a beautiful campsite. It happens to be one of Ohio's largest state parks, 4,870-acre East Fork offers a great diversity of recreational opportunities and natural history only 25 miles from Cincinnat.
These sites were the best in size and shade, however, hard to beat the creek we had surrounding our campsite in Hungry Mother State Park.
The boys were getting exhausted quickly in the heat.
They enjoyed sleeping on the cool cement picnic table in the shade or inside in the air conditioning.
Finally we visited the largest grocery store in North America, it's called Jungle Jims. It was nuts. Jerry was a kid in a candy store. But, more on that later, it deserves a blog all to itself.