With crisp air filling your lungs, there's perhaps no more enjoyable seasonal pleasure than taking a stroll under a spectacular canopy of fall foliage.
Stay tuned on Foray Fit throughout October as we bring you weekly highlights of some of our favorite accessible paths around the country to take in the colors of the shifting seasons.
The Virginia Creeper Trail, The Blue Ridge Mountains, VA
While rail-to-recreation trails have popped up all over the country in recent years, the Virginia Creeper Trail paved the way. Since 1987, the Creeper Trail has offered over 34 miles of outstanding access to the northern reaches of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Originally built to service the regions coal mines, the rail path dates all the way back to the 1880's. After the railroad was decommissioned in the late 1970's, the US Forest Service quickly secured the land and converted it to a recreation trail. Ever since, the trail has been lovingly stewarded by the Virginia Creeper Trail Conservancy.
While the well-maintained path does vary in elevation gain, the multitude of access points allow walkers of every ability to customize their route and distance to the diverse landscapes (and elevations) of one of the country's most iconic leaf-peeping regions.
The trail's most popular access point can be found in the historic town of Abingdon, Virginia—well worth a visit on its own!
Banner Image: Virginia Creeper Trail (photo courtesy Visit Abingdon Virginia)
In our October newsletter, Dr. Kavanagh examines the health benefits of a breath of fresh air.
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