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Southern Virginia Hiking and Camping -- need help

From: user 3.
Sent on: Saturday, April 5, 2008 5:43 PM

Hi Doug!

For anyone needing a short hike for a morning or afternoon, there is a designated trail on Rt 33 in New Kent between West Point and I-64. It probably is a moderate hike in that there are some hills. It was set up by the paper mill to educated people on types of trees and if I remember correctly, trees are labeled.


Wahrani Nature Park Trails

Preview: On rainy afternoons, mist enshrouds the fern-blanketed hills at Wahrani Nature Park, evoking the Smoky Mountains rather than Tidewater Virginia. Though modest by Appalachian standards, the distinct climbs along this route lead hikers to a sweeping overlook and a pair of colonial graves. In 2001 New Kent County assumed jurisdiction over the 138-acre parcel encompassing this longstanding nature trail, making it the first holding of the county’s fledgling parks department. Until recently, this route was alternately referred to as the Chesapeake Nature Trail, because Chesapeake Corporation owned the land, or the Warreneye Nature Trail, in honor of the eighteenth-century Warreneye Church that once stood here. In 2003 New Kent renamed the area Wahrani Nature Park to reflect the word’s Native American origins. That same spelling is now applied to a swamp south of the park.

© Copyright Nathan Lott Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.


Trail Map:


More suggestions later!






From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Doug Stetson
Sent: Saturday, April 05, 2008 2:42 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [camping-129] Southern Virginia Hiking and Camping -- need help


I'm looking for people who have experience with hiking in Southern Virginia on trails anywhere from the coast (like False Cape) as far west as Mount Rogers. I'm doing some hiking/camping planning for the meetup and would like to benefit from the experience of folks who have "been there." I'm looking at hikes and campouts in Northwest River Park, First Landing State Park, Great Dismal Swamp, False Cape State Park, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and on Mount Rogers itself. If you've been to any of these places, or others in the vicinity, please contact me directly through the meetup board. You can be an enormous help to our membership. [If, as I am, you are a member of both the Hiking meetup and the Camping meetup, you may get this message twice. My apologies. I look forward to hearing from you and learning from your experience.]

Doug Stetson


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