Colonial America is home to some of the country’s oldest states and best-kept secrets. Within undeveloped patches of land lie rugged beauty and adventure. Plan a road trip through Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia and make sure to add these stops to your itinerary.
ENJOY THE ROANOKE RIVER | Virginia
As the river winds its way down to the city of Roanoke, you will find secret coves, beaches and shallow eddies perfect for fly fishing, kayaking, canoeing and more. The further you get from town, the more secluded you’ll feel on the banks of this mountain river. In the peace and quiet you’ll be able to spot wildlife and hook trout, bass, catfish and more in these friendly waters.
HIKE SECLUDED WATER VIEWS | Delaware
“Backcountry” takes on a new definition in a small, flat state like Delaware. But the beauty of this state is that everything is a short drive away, including the serenity of a lake or beachside trail. Look past the most popular trails in the state to find less crowded places like Trap Pond, outside the city of Laurel. Spend the day canoeing on the water or hiking its shores to escape from the hustle and bustle of the cities further north.
RIDE WHITEWATER ON THE GAULEY RIVER | West Virginia
Get your adrenaline pumping when you paddle through white water rapids on the remote Gauley River. Dropping nearly 700 feet through 25 miles of rugged terrain, the river’s complex stretch of whitewater features vigorous rapids surrounded by serene landscape, making it one of the premier whitewater runs in the world. With routes for every skill level, enjoy rapids up to Class 5 for the experts or test the waters with guided tours for amateurs.
GO CLIMBING IN MARYLAND | Maryland
In other parts of the country, popular rock climbing destinations include overbuilt access points and steel bolts for climbers. Discover pure and untouched stone in Maryland, perfect for rock climbing traditionalists. Enjoy over 1,200 routes found across the region, including Annapolis Rock, found in the of northern borders of Maryland. Located at the end of a two-mile hike up the famous Appalachian Trail, climbers will enjoy solitude as they climb.
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