Dan Barr

An Excellent Quick Trip

Beautiful overlook, and a super quick drive from Boulder. If you only have a short amount of time to spend in town, its definitely a worthwhile stop.

almost 3 years ago

Awesome Views of Lake Michigan

Its got some elevation gain to it so you might be breathing a bit heavy at the top, but the views out over Lake Michigan are worth it. Do yourself a favor and hike it, you won't regret it.

Great Family Hike

This is an excellent hike if you have a family with small kids. Its well maintained, not a long hike with minimal elevation change, and a lot of it is on boardwalks. That, and it makes for some great sunrise shots to the east. Added plus, its real close to both the Visitor Center and the campground next door.

Solid Campground

Its kinda chilly in April so be prepared, but the sunrise is pretty awesome and its a well maintained campground. And it makes for a nice basecamp to operate out of to explore southern Virginia.

Best Views of Devils Tower

Parking at the Visitor Center gets you some real cool shots up close to the tower, but if you want to take in the landscape in its entirety and get some amazing views, you need to hike Joyner Ridge.

A Shame to Miss if You Visit Sleeping Bear

If you're crunched for time, Pierce Stocking is a great way to see a lot of the Sleeping Bear Dunes in a short amount of time. And even if you aren't its still worth the time to drive it. Plus, there are some great sunset vistas to pullout at along the road as well.

A Childhood Favorite

I grew up 20 minutes from Mohican and this was a hike I've done multiple times as a kid. Big Lyon Falls reminds me a lot of Ash Cave near the Hocking Hills. It's not a huge waterfall, but the cavernous overhang is impressive and the approach to it from below is really neat. Its definitely worth taking a trip to Mohican for.

One of the Top Destinations in West Virginia

Perhaps only Dolly Sods and the New River Gorge are more well known and photographed more frequently than Blackwater Falls. Regardless of time of year its a spectacular sight and one of the highlights of any trip to West Virginia.

Scenic Utah at its Best

Aside from Delicate Arch, Mesa Arch is probably the second most photographed place in Utah. And for good reason: It's awesome! But, that also means that its constantly surrounded by people: In front of, next to, and even on top of the arch. And since its a short hike to get to, that makes it all the more problematic if you're looking for peace and quiet. But all in all, a worthy destination within Canyonlands.

A Teton Classic

If you've only got hours to spend in the park, this tends to be the hike that gets chosen. Relatively short, easy elevation gain, and beautiful views of Jenny Lake from the shoreline. If you're looking for solitude and quiet, this is not the hike to go on.

Great Intro Hike to Grayson Highlands

The Rhododendron Trail is an excellent day hike at Grayson Highlands: Relatively level incline, well marked trail, and amazing views make it an awesome hike. If you're looking for an easy hour long day hike, this is a great choice.

Gorgeous Views

What can I say, the Roans overall are a must visit destination. Grassy Ridge may be the crown jewel, though. Take the time and hike the 0.5 mile out from the AT to the top of it, you won't be disappointed.

Easy Access and Great Views!

The waterfalls were a bit low thanks to the recent drought, but the views were still worth it, and the Great Falls of Tinkers Creek were still impressive even with it being a dry year. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

A Buckeye State Must-See

Definitely the most well-known and spectacular waterfall in Ohio. Its especially beautiful in the fall when the colors have changed. If you visit Cuyahoga Valley, this definitely needs to be on the list to visit.

over 3 years ago

Great Day Hike Opportunity

An extremely scenic hike along a very well maintained section of the Appalachian Trail. The AT from Carvers Gap up to and to the other side of Round Bald is lined with crushed stone, making the first half of the hike a breeze. For as little effort thats needed, it certainly worth a stop.

Best Backpacking Experience Yet

I took Labor Day Weekend 2016 and spent 3 days hiking 38 miles, going out and back from Carvers Gap. I can't say enough about this destination and the experience. I've heard abut the Roan Highlands for years, but now I truly understand why its one of the most popular backpacking destinations not only on the Appalachian Trail, but in the Eastern United State overall. If you haven't hiked it yet, find the time to do it; it's worth it.

over 3 years ago

One of the Best Overlooks in Ohio

Ohio's not known for its great overlooks, but of the few that we have, this is definitely at the top of the list. It can be crowded own a nice day, but that doesn't detract from the beauty thats there. Plus, crowds are kind of expected since it sits smack dab between Cleveland and the Akron/Canton region. Visit in the fall when the whole valley is ablaze with autumn color, its a must see autumnal Ohio destination!

Its Worth the Burn!

The Dune Climb is definitely worth the experience, but your legs will hate you before you reach the top. Its a tough workout, but the views of Lake Michigan at the end of the trail are worth it. Plus, the views over Little Glen Lake and Alligator Hill to the east are definitely scenic in their own right!

Classic Arches Adventure!

It's definitely a must-see Arches hike, terrifically scenic and an easy hike to get to. The arches themselves are visible from the road, its almost impossible to miss. That, and movie fans will recognize it as being the location of the opening scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade!

A Unique Everglades Expereience

Fakahatchee Island is a fascinating Island to camp on for several reasons: 1) Its an artificial island, it was built by the local Native Americans using shells as the foundation for the island, 2) It used to be a more modern settlement, with remnants of houses and even an old cemetery with fairly modern headstones remaining, and 3) the flora on the island is unique and dangerous, including the pencil tree, a plant that when snapped produces nasty ooze that burns skin and can blind. Personally, I loved my time on Fakahatchee and would relish the opportunity to kayak the 10,000 Islands and camp there again.

The Teton Go-To Hike

This is the hike that everybody and their brother hikes when visiting the Tetons. It's not a bad hike by any means, but do not expect solitude. However, I definitely recommend going on further up Cascade Canyon past Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls: The crowds drop significantly from there own up.

over 3 years ago

Great Solitude in a Crowded Park

I visited Double O Arch in June 2013, and I was pleased by the lack of crowds on the trail once you got past the crowded trailhead, Get there early as parking is a pain, but once you get parked and hike past Landscape Arch, the crowds thin significantly and its actually a wonderful hike. I wouldn't call it a "must-see" hike if you have limited time at Arches, but if you have a few days, definitely check it out.

over 3 years ago

Truly a Hidden Gem

I had no idea this place existed until I saw this listed on The Outbound. I backpacked Cumberland Gap in March 2016 with the intent of finding it, and despite rain and hail, I finally found it. The amount of sand within the cave is absolutely astonishing, near the back it has to be dozens of feet deep, and with the ephemeral waterfalls going overtop of it, it made the whole trip worth it. Its a hike to get there, I took the shorter approach from the trailhead in Ewing, VA and it took me about 3 hour stop reach it over 4-5 miles and about 1500 ft elevation gain. Its not overlying daunting, but it'll give you a workout to get there.

My Yearly Outdoor Tradition

Backpacking Grayson Highlands and Mt Rogers was the first backpacking trip I ever went on, and I've made it a yearly tradition to return there to backpack it. Its a phenomenal place to take beginner backpackers in terms of its moderate difficulty of terrain, easy to follow trails, breathtaking scenery, and of course, the ponies. Don't expect a view from the top however, Mt. Rogers is completely forested at the peak. Camping atop Rhododendron Gap's mountain balds is an amazing experience, and probably one of my favorite all-time outdoor memories.