Stay with Nature Lovers in a beautiful old stone house along the Appalachian Trail in Clarke County, Virginia, over an hour from DC. Hike a stretch of the AT, watch the sunrise at Bear Rocks, visit a local farm, play cards by the fireplace in the evening. We stayed here a year ago and it was great.
amenities and rough itinerary The trail center (house/hostel) has comfortable rooms with bunk beds, shower, etc., (separate for men and women). It also has a grand living room, fully equipped kitchen and dining hall. After a short hike in the Blue Ridge, we'll check in to Bears Den at 5pm, cook dinner and settle in for a night of fun. The next morning after a small breakfast we'll check out around 9:00am and do a quick hike on the trails at Bears Den, including a stretch of the Appalachian Trail, for a few hours. After the hike we'll grab lunch before doing another activity like wine tasting, visiting a local farm or exploring a cavern. We should be back in Vienna by 6:00pm. The folks at Bears Den Trail Center are very friendly and hospitable. If you have questions, feel free to ask me or call Bears Den after 5pm at 540.554.8708.
You must call them yourself to reserve a spot. Tell them that you are with the meetup group. Let me know when you've reserved your space. Very affordable, only $21 plus tax! RSVP by the afternoon of Wed. Nov. 3 so we can plan things like food purchases.
meeting place We will meet at the Vienna Metro, south side, at the entrance to the walkway at 2:00pm. We'll form carpools for the hour drive to the country. You may leave your car at one of the regular Metro lots if you don't want to drive.
what to bring Please bring proper hiking clothing, snacks and food. Sorry, no alcohol allowed at Bears Den. Sun. morning breakfast will be casual but we'll cook a nice dinner upon our arrival at the lodge on Saturday evening. Everyone is expected to help cook and/or clean up. Details to come about what to bring for dinner. After dinner we can play cards or board games, roast marshmallows, etc. Linens, towels, etc., are available at the trail center. Check out is by 9:30am at the latest so we'll need to get up early and pack up the cars before we go hiking.
In your RSVP, indicate if you have registered for a spot at the lodge. Also indicate if you can drive. Please RSVP Yes only if there is an excellent likelihood that you will make it. Bears Den website