Stephen Catalano

  • Hike White Oak Canyon/Cedar Run Loop

    This route combines Cedar Run Falls and White Oak Canyon Trail (one of the more popular hikes in SNP, with separate adventures detailing those hikes). Parking is easy, but gets very crowded due to the popularity of White Oak Canyon (WOC). When sta...

    8 miles 2500 ft gain

  • Relax at Aldie Park

    Small park with nice walking trails, picnic tables, and a waterfall that cascades down from a dam. Its a wonderful place to take the family or just go for a breath of fresh air. Its also right near the downtown area of Aldie, which has a bakery, j...

  • Fish the Potomac River in Arlington

    Parking along 36th Road in Arlington, VA, head down the path on the Gulf Branch Trail. Walk northeast for roughly a quarter mile, where you will intersect with the Potomac River. Find a spot along the sand, cast out, and watch the catfish bite! Ch...

  • Paddle Glen Lake

    A pristine lake thats just waiting to be explored by kayak, SUP, canoe or boat (keep in mind that power boats are allowed on this lake). The water is amazingly clear and a beautiful shade of aqua blue. During the summer months, the air temperature...

  • Bike the W&OD Trail

    The Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) trail stretches through northern Virginia and is a great spot for bike riding, running, or walking. The trail is paved, well maintained, and wide enough for traffic in both directions. There are also a co...

    45 miles

  • Photograph Sunrise at the Lincoln Memorial

    Located on the far-west portion of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. stands the Lincoln Memorial. At almost 100 feet tall, this majestic structure overlooks the reflecting pool and offers an iconic view of the Washington Monument.  Parking is ...

  • Surf Fish Bethany Beach

    Early bird gets the fish. Arrive early and either walk in with your gear, or If you've got a 4WD vehicle, drive onto the sand and pick your spot along the shore. You can expect to catch everything from blue fish, to rays, and even sand sharks (dep...

  • Bike the Mt. Vernon Trail

    Start your ride at the Teddy Roosevelt Island parking area and head southbound towards Mt. Vernon. You'll be riding next to the Potomac the entire time, with great views of the National Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and the Memor...

    14 miles

  • Fly Fish at Switzer Lake

    Switzer Lake is a great spot outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia for fly fishing during the spring, summer, and fall. The lake is pretty decently sized, so you shouldn't have any problems finding a place along the shores to wade out and cast. Small ...

  • Snowshoe or Cross-Country Ski Dolly Sods

    From January to April, the forest roads that provide vehicle access to the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia are closed. If you're up for a cold weather adventure, park your car (in accordance with the signage and without blocking the road) a...

    8 miles 1400 ft gain

  • Trail Run the AT in the G.R. Thompson

    Take Fire Trail Road and start your run at the parking area (labeled in the map). The trail puts you directly onto the AT, where you will turn right (southbound) to start the run (or hike). You'll stay on the AT for roughly 3.5 miles down to the T...

    7 miles 900 ft gain

  • Relax at Lake Thompson

    Lake Thompson is a great spot for fishing, walking, or just exploring the area with your dog. I've never had a problem with parking, but you're unlikely to find yourself alone at the lake on a nice weekend day.  Its a 10-acre lake, however, so you...

  • Snowshoe the AT in G.R. Thompson

    The G.R. Thompson is a piece of public land in Linden, VA, thats primarily used by hunters. The Appalachian Trail runs right through this section and visiting during a fresh snowfall can make for a great adventure. Only 60 minutes drive from great...

    3 miles

  • Explore the Lava Tunnel, Raufarhólshellir

    Take the tour of the lava tunnel Raufarhólshellir, one of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland. The Lava Tunnel offers guided tours, which are absolutely amazing. The experience was once in a lifetime and was even more interesting in t...

  • Hike the Bear Rocks and Beaver Dam Loop

    Starting on Bear Rocks Trail, hike down to the Red Creek. Sometimes water levels can be high, but most of the time you can cross the creek without getting any deeper than your knees. Link up with the Raven Ridge Trail and head south. Enjoy the vie...

    7 miles 700 ft gain

  • Backpack the Cranberry Wilderness North South Loop Trail

    The Cranberry Wilderness is lesser known, but if you're looking for a rugged escape, this is it. Be mindful of your water intake, as there are a few stretches upwards of 6-8 miles where there is no access to fresh water. Those areas are well-known...

    17.1 miles 1916 ft gain

  • Trail Run at Bull Run

    Great spot for a run! Very accessible for those in the DC region.  A good starting point is the Henry Hill Visitor Center. If you want to avoid any crowds, start early.  From the Henry Hill Visitor Center, you can't really go wrong (as far as dire...

    4 miles

  • Snowmobile Langjokull Glacier

    Visiting Iceland during winter? Put this adventure on your list. It was easily one of the highlights of our trip, as I'm sure it will be for you as well. From Reykjavik, our group hired drivers to take us up to the basecamp of one of the few snowm...

  • Run or Bike the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

    Start your adventure at the Belle Haven Parking area then head down the Dyke Marsh Trail. To add on additional distance, head south down the Mt. Vernon Trail for more views, well maintained paths, and even some sitting areas. You'll find boardwalk...

    3 miles

  • Explore Middleburg, Virginia

    If you're looking to escape the hustle of Washington, D.C., Middleburg is your go-to destination for a taste of the countryside. Take a drive on one of the many country roads and stop in Middleburg for food and shopping. A family favorite is Green...

  • Fly Fish in the George Washington National Forest

    Fly fishing in this area isn't easy, but it makes for an even more fun adventure. The streams are tight with lots of overhang, but native brook trout are in these waters for catch and release fishing. Stop through one of the local fly shops (Mossy...

  • Photograph Wildflowers and Bald Eagles along the Shenandoah River

    The Shenandoah University River campus has a great winding walking path along the Shenandoah River. Theres plenty of room to park and even a large picnic area for having a bite to eat after your adventure. During the spring and summer months, tons...

  • Explore Reykjavik by Foot

    This is the perfect activity if you're staying in Reykjavik and you need to burn a few hours before/after a flight. If you're in downtown Reykjavik, I recommend heading down to the water. This walk is a great chance to snap some photos of the town...

    5 miles

  • Photograph Virginia's Horse and Hunt Country

    Take a drive out to the Middleburg area and you won't be disappointed. Turn down country roads, roll down your windows, and scout the perfect locations for sunrise or sunset photos. There are plenty of spots to pull over safely and I've never once...