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Spruce Knob

November 14, 2018
Enjoying the Views on Spruce Knob

After packing up camp at Seneca Shadows Campground, we headed south to Spruce Knob in Monongahela National Forest. Spruce Knob is the highest point in West Virginia at 4863 feet above sea level. You can drive virtually all the way to the top and then hike the scenic half mile Whispering Spruce Trail loop which…

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Seneca Shadows Campground

October 21, 2018
Seneca Rocks

This fall some friends of ours invited us to go camping at Seneca Shadows in Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. This is definitely one of the most scenic campgrounds I’ve been to. I would definitely recommend the walk-in sites. The sites are not extremely private, but the views make the experience well worth it.…

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Blackwater Falls State Park Sled Run

April 8, 2018
Blackwater Falls State Park Sled Run

This was a somewhat disappointing winter for snow lovers in the northern third of Virginia so we took the girls to Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia last month. The funny thing is when Gretchen and Cara were getting on the conveyor belt ahead of us, the attendant told them to be sure to…

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Total Solar Eclipse

August 26, 2017
Totality reveals the sun's corona.

This is a new section of the blog Beyond Virginia to showcase vacation pictures taken outside my home state of Virginia. Last week, we combined a visit with my in-laws in Tennessee with a day-trip to Madisonville, TN for the total eclipse. It was a hot day and we fought a lot of traffic to…

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