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Hiking Hut to Hut in the White Mountains

One of our favorite outdoor destinations is the Presidential Range located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  We have been on several hut-to-hut backpacking trips and highly recommend this as a great way to experience the beautiful and rugged scenery during the day and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow back-packers during the evening.  The AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) operates eight high huts along the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains.

The CCC Legacy

The Civilian Conservation Corps was in operation for a total of nine years, from 1933 to 1942, during which time about three million young men were tasked with restoring our devastated land.  They improved parks, forests, and roads, fought fires and planted trees.  The legacy of the CCC remains visible today.  We have them to thank for much of the national, state, and local park lands throughout the country.

Parks for Beginner Mountain Bikers

Following is a list of recommended parks for introducing folks to mountain biking. They are organized by region, so you can pick a place close to home to get comfortable with the sport. As a guideline while browsing the parks on our site, look for parks with lots of green trails (easy singletrack) and purple trails (doubletrack).

 

Rail Trails

Rail-trails provide a wonderful environment for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and other activities. Due to the flat or gently sloping terrain on which the former railroads were built, the trails are accessible to people of any fitness level. The surfaces of rail trails are typically crushed stone or pavement, and are usually quite wide, allowing cyclists of all technical levels to enjoy them.

 

Exploring West Virginia's Canaan Valley

The beautiful Canaan Valley in Tucker County, West Virginia is a tourist destination for those who love the rugged outdoors. It is a year-round destination, with 2 state parks, Ski resorts, large tracts of National Wilderness, National Forests, and Nature Preserve areas, and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. About 70% of the valley is designated a National Wildlife Refuge.

At its widest, the valley runs about five miles across, bordered by Canaan Mountain to the west and Cabin Mountain to the east. The valley runs north to south for about 13 miles. Within its boundaries, it has a vast wetlands area.

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