With 2017 “in the books” and 2018 well underway, we thought it would be fun to look back at the videos we published in 2017 and pick our top five based on the overall experience we had at each location. This list is not to discount or minimize any of the other locations, but merely to highlight some of our favorites. Choosing what would make the cut was almost as impossible as picking your favorite child; however, when you visit a location there are many factors that can either enhance or degrade the experience, which made our task slightly easier. It could be the weather, how crowded it is, or even just how we feel on a particular day that turns an adventure into a memory. Regardless of the reason, there are things that just made the experience better on that day, everything lined up and we enjoyed the perfect hike. That being said, here is our top five in no particular order.
As winter sets in on the Blue Ridge Parkway, it may seem like there is nothing to see except road closures and dormant vegetation, but don’t let that steer you away. As always, visitors should check the National Park Service’s website for the most updated information regarding road conditions. If the road is closed due to construction it will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians; however, if the road is closed due to weather it is usually still open to foot traffic. What better way to see America’s Favorite Drive than by hiking on the parkway to easily reached destinations. Many people enjoy this time of year on the parkway as it lends to cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking in colder weather. Check out a few of our favorite easily reached destinations below.