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RVA: A day of urban hiking on James River’s Belle Isle

By Lynn R. Mitchell



It was an overcast, somewhat cooler but muggy day in Richmond last Sunday as we headed to Belle Isle located in the James River. Seven of us — my husband and our two adult children along with my sister, her husband, and daughter — parked and began our trek across the footbridge located under the Lee Bridge. We were not alone. Bicyclists and hikers of all ages were crossing the bridge to enjoy this urban wilderness in downtown RVA.

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Hiking the Blue Ridge: Swannanoa and White Rock Falls

imageBy Kurt Michael

With temperatures in the 70s, it has been the perfect weekend for hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains. On Sunday, my daughter Julia and I started our journey at Swannanoa, a 1912 Italianate marble villa built on Afton Mountain. The mansion  is located at the gateway of the Blue Ridge parkway near Waynesboro and is now open for weekend tours.

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