Earlier this year I wanted to plan a trip with two of my closest friends, so I searched Google images to find hiking spots in Virginia. That’s when I came across a photo that looked similar to this
Nestled at the edge of the Virginia Highlands close to North Carolina and Tennessee, there it was the Channels Natural Area Preserve.
I immediately thought yep this is where we’re going I don’t care how far away it is, don’t care what I have to do to see it, but it’s going to get done. So after an excited phone call where I could barely get my thoughts formed my friends and I decided we were going.
But before I go anywhere I research the heck out of the area, why? Because, I love history, I am a history geek, I could literally sit and talk about history forever but I won’t do that today or maybe ever
I tend to only show that side after a few drinks .
However I did discover that Abingdon was not only rich in exploring the outdoors but in history as well. Abingdon is full of history from the time of Native Americans, Revolutionary and Civil War. But I’ll skip the history lesson for today. What my friends and I were looking for was an outdoor adventure.
According to the AllTrails app, the hike up to the channels is considered a moderate hike, and it was about 3 miles up
and my gorgeous plus size ass was dying, thank goodness we packed water and snacks. After what seemed like forever going up and losts of backtracking y’all I was dyyying we found this tiny trail behind the fire watch tower that led us to the channels.
It was well worth the hike, my friends and I felt like kids, walking through a huge rock maze (don’t worry someone marked the rocks so its hard to get lost)
The only thing that disappointed me was I didn’t have my camera yet but I think my cell phone did a good job of capturing the beauty.
There was a lot of other fun things to do in Abingdon VA. We went to a winery which had an amazing selection. I originally bought a bottle to take home but the views there were so good that I had to enjoy it then. My friends and I also went kayaking at the Sportsman Marina, which we all decided if we went back we would have to try the restaurant there.
I feel like this post only covers a small part of the Abingdon area, there was a beautiful historic Old Town with great food and the start of a local night scene. The locals were so warm and welcoming that I hated to leave
So what do y’all think
Raspberries from our Airbnb 😁
So what do y’all think? Wouldn’t you want to explore Abingdon to get great views like this? Let me know in the comments below!