Posted March 18, 2010 by Jamie Moore
Dig out those hiking boots for a leaf-crunching hike in Trail Town, U.S.A. (Damascus, Virginia). This small town is the gateway to Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and 166 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Get going with home-cooked food and then, after hitting the AT, laze about at a cozy trailside inn.
Appalachian Trail: Virginia is home to 550 miles of the Appalachian Trail, more than any other state. Walk some of them in Damascus, where the national trail runs right down the main thoroughfare. It also winds north and up, way up, to Mount Rogers, the highest point in the state. If you're not feeling that ambitious, go south to the flat ridge, known in summer as the "green tunnel."
In the Country Bakery & Eatery: Refuel at In the Country Bakery & Eatery, a crafts store-turned-restaurant that offers plenty of tasty treats. Enjoy the crowd favorite chicken salad, pulled pork barbecue with slaw, or a bologna and cheese sandwich beneath a shade tree on the porch. The attached ice cream shop bakes their own waffle cones, so you won't be able to resist treating yourself to a scoop for dessert.
Lazy Fox Inn: A long hike makes it easy to justify a lazy evening. Sling your whole body into the backyard hammock at the Lazy Fox Inn, or get comfortable underneath the covered gazebo. In the cozy rooms, you'll fall asleep to the murmur of a nearby creek. Loyal guests return for the legendary breakfasts: scrambled eggs, hash browns, cheese grits, fresh fruit, bacon, and sticky buns. Second and third helpings encouraged.
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