The APPALACHIAN TRAIL EXPERIENCE for those that prefer their adventure with a little more comfort!
3 full days hiking the Appalachian Trail as it winds along the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Thornton Gap to Swift Run Gap in Shenandoah National Park.
This experience can be tailored to you and even different levels within the same party. The beauty of this section of trail is that it has amazing views even when the leaves are out, and is never far from the Blue Ridge Parkway allowing many different pick up/ drop off points to suit.
We base each day around main visitor sites on the trail so that people can easily pick up extra provisions or enjoy some time in the cafe/bar/shop while awaiting their ride back home.
- 4 days/ 4 nights
ITINERARY Monday - Friday
Arrival - Arrive from 4pm - Orientation to include an understanding of the route, maps and safety will be held in the 'Map room', there will be little fun challenges to test your map reading skills out on the trail! Barbeque get together!
Day 1 - Breakfast After breakfast we travel to our northernmost point on the Appalachian Trail at Thornton Gap. A good 10 mile hike to the Skylands pick-up site with an extra option for hardened walkers! Back to Solstice Farm for Jacuzzi and dinner. Share experiences.
Day 2 - Breakfast Has the option of little lighter activity for those that put in more than expected the first day. :-) Start Skylands. Summits available for those that want the extra but 9 miles on AT with fantastic views along the way,
Rose River alternatives to AT includes Waterfalls and a choice of shorter route for happy walkers or longer for go getters! Back to Solstice Farm for Jacuzzi, clean up and out to dinner.
Day 3 - Breakfast Quick start, for serious walkers to get in as much as 17 miles to complete this section of the trail. Main hike from Big Meadows to Lewis Mountain campground 9 miles with alternatives at 14 and the 17 miles to Swift Run Gap
Pick up celebration drink at Lydia Lodge (time permitting).
Back to Solstice Farm for Jacuzzi, clean up presentation of certificates and out to dinner.
Day 4 - Depart after breakfast.
Includes: Food, beverages (non alcoholic), transport within the experience and access to Shenandoah National Park.
Available back at the farm:
Awesome Verandah and Terrace to enjoy Hot tub for those aching muscles Trails around the property with lake and mountain views Fishing - Bass and Carp stocked Lake Use of Pedalo to enjoy the lake, or simply float and observe the wildlife Chickens, fresh eggs hmmm! Aromatic Lavender (1st year) 1000 plants newly added. Quiet, peaceful and relaxing yet close to amenities, shops, restaurants, wineries and brewery. 1-5 miles.