In the spirit of getting outdoors in our remaining moments of summer, we want to take a moment to celebrate all the beautiful parks near our Outposts. Spending time outside can lower blood pressure, boost mental health, and lower stress, so it’s the perfect way to enjoy what we have left of the summer months. We’ve put together a list of all our favorite parks near our Outposts, along with some spots you just can’t miss along the way.
Our DC Outpost is aptly named because it’s just a short drive from Shenandoah National Park, with 200,000 acres of protected land for hiking, swimming, sightseeing, and more. While you’re at the Outpost, we recommend stopping by Hightop Mountain for a walk in the woods. The vista from this 3.2 mile hike offers a 180-degree view of the park where you’ll see both the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Our Atlanta Outpost is nestled right next to the Appalachian Trail. With over 2,180 miles of hiking, the trail brings people from across the country every year. If you’re looking for a tough climb, hike up Blood Mountain, the highest Appalachian Trail summit in Georgia. With a trailhead just 40 minutes away from our tiny cabins, this challenging hike is worth it for the views from the top.
Getaway Beaver Creek
If you’re coming from Ohio, then you can’t skip stopping at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Located an hour and a half northwest of our Outpost, this park offers hiking, canoeing, horseback riding and more. Try the Brandywine Gorge Trail, a quick 1.5 mile loop trail that offers a nice waterfall view and plenty of opportunities to explore the creek that runs through the park.
Getaway Mount Adams
Gifford Pinchot National Park, located just west of our Portland Outpost, boasts 1.32 million acres of land to explore. For something special, try out the Guler Ice Cave Hike– an easy 2.2 mile hike to a popular cave with underground ice formations and tubes from lava flow.
Getaway Big Bear
Our LA Outpost is surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, a massive beloved forest area separated into northern and southern portions. We recommend hiking to Aztec Falls, a small waterfall that flows into a deep creek where hikers bathe, swim, and cliff jump. The path winding down is a steep descent, so hike cautiously.
Getaway Piney Woods
If you’re looking to adventure south of our Outpost, try out Davy Crockett National Forest, one of four national forests in the state. The Ratcliff Lake Trail offers a 2.8 moderate loop with covered trails and lake views.
Our New York Outpost is located right beside the Kaaterskill Wild Forest, but the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is nearby as well. Try out Overlook Mountain Trail, a 4.8 mile moderate hike with views of the entire river valley.
Getaway Blake Brook
If you’re looking to explore a little more of New Hampshire, drive up north to White Mountain National Forest. This beloved New England area is known for beautiful summits and fall foliage. For a challenging hike, try the Franconia Ridge Loop Trail. This 8 mile hike crosses three different mountain ranges, but the views are worth the effort.
Ready to head out for a hike? Book your tiny cabin to rest and recharge in after you explore.