August 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm #6848KlshortParticipantCVT Points: 206Tailblazer (0 – 999 CVT Points)
I have recently joined the group, haven’t made it out for an event yet;however, I was hopping I could ask for some help from the group. I am trying to help my daughters Girl Scout Troop. The troop has about 15 girls who are all around 8-9 years old. Most of the girls have never been hiking before so we need something short but scenic(maybe waterfall or summit). However with the number of girls we need to make sure its not dangerous as well) I think about a 2-4 mile hike is probably the right length. I would love to hear anyone with suggestions.
KarenAugust 11, 2017 at 7:55 am #6857KimEParticipant
There TONS of hikes to pick from!! I’m assuming you would be heading for the mountains, possibly Shenandoah Nat’l Park since you mentioned summits or waterfalls.
One that comes to mind is called Blackrock Summit. It is a very easy hike–about a one mile trail, but the summit has a HUGE pile of giant boulders that used to be a seabed. It is really cool and there is a great view. Kids (and adults) enjoy climbing around the rocks at the top. https://www.nps.gov/shen/blackrock-summit.htm
Another hike that is pretty easy but has a great vista is the Stony Man Mountain Hike. It is only 3.7 miles. Another benefit of this one is that it is right near the Skyland visitor center which has a restaurant\restrooms\store. https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/StonyMan/ or https://www.nps.gov/shen/stony-man.htm
If you want a waterfall, Dark Hollow Falls might be a good one. It’s tougher because you walk down to get to the waterfall but then have to hike back up–but definitely doable even for a beginner. That one is 1.7 miles total. The falls are impressive!! http://www.gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/darkhollow.shtml
Hope this helps to get you started. If you need more help, let me know!! -KimAugust 11, 2017 at 10:21 am #6859KlshortParticipantCVT Points: 206Tailblazer (0 – 999 CVT Points)
Thanks! I will check those out. I was definitely thinking of Shenandoah National Park. We definitely want to get the kids to the mountains.August 11, 2017 at 11:38 am #6860KimEParticipant
All 3 of those are in SNP and are not too far from each other, so if you finish them quickly you could do more then one or maybe even all 3 in a day.
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