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Our Favorite Hikes Near Each of Our Outposts

In honor of National Hiking Day, November 17th, we’ve pulled together a list featuring our favorite hike near each of our Outposts, so you don’t miss the most beautiful trails near your cabin on your next escape to nature.

Getaway Asheboro

Purgatory Mountain Trailhead
~8 minutes from the Outpost
Hike Distance: 1.8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

This scenic hike to the top of Purgatory Mountain is a great way to top off a day spent at The North Carolina Zoo, as the trail begins on their property. Uphill but not strenuous, it’s good for kids, dog-friendly, and meticulously maintained and marked for navigational ease.

Getaway Barber Creek

Reeds Lake Trail
Distance: 4.2 miles
Difficulty: easy
Dogs allowed

This paved trail through the woods circles the beautiful Reeds Lake, and makes for the perfect afternoon hike with with your friends and family.

Getaway Beaver Creek

Mineral Springs Loop Trail
Hike Duration: 1.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy
This easy loop on the Pennsylvania side of the border features a waterfall and is recommended for families with young kids.

Getaway Big Bear

Arrowhead Pinnacles Trail
Distance: 4.6 miles
Difficulty: Hard
Dogs allowed on-leash
Arrowhead Pinacles Trail is a steep, difficult trail that will keep you puffing. Enjoy the boulders and panoramic views throughout, especially the 360-degree lookout from the top. There’s not much shade, so get hiking later in the afternoon or in the early morning to avoid the heat.

Getaway Brazos Valley

Washington on the Brazos Area Trails
~30 minutes from the Outpost
Hike Distance: 2.7 miles 
Difficulty: Easy

Featuring beautiful views of the Brazos River, a healthy population of local birds, and trailside swaths of wildflowers, this is a dog and kid friendly hike that’s good for all skill levels. As a state historical site, it’s also home to the Barrington Living History Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum. 

Getaway Chattahoochee

Toccoa Swinging Bridge Trail
~30 minutes from the Outpost
Hike Distance: 0.8 miles
Difficulty: Easy

The Toccoa Swinging Bridge trail is in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The trail is just over 5 miles from the Outpost. The coolest thing about it is the bridge itself—it’s the longest suspension bridge east of the Mississippi, and goes directly over the Toccoa river. The swinging bridge is a great destination for trout fishing (particularly in the spring during spawning season) due to its proximity to the Rock Creek Fish Hatchery, which is also open to visitors. Small creeks, mini waterfalls, and a thick grove of Mountain Laurel trees can be found on the opposite side of the bridge. 

Getaway Dale Hollow

Winding Stairs Loop
Distance: 1.6 mi
Difficulty: easy
Dogs allowed

The Winding Stairs Loop trail is located near Lafayette, TN. This loop is perfect for families or anyone looking for an easy and quick hike with some beautiful waterfall and creek views. There are also many other trails to explore in Winding Stairs Park.

Getaway Eastern Catskills

Kaaterskill Falls
Distance: 2.5 miles, about 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Dogs allowed

This hike is short, though it is also steep and can get rocky. But all the effort is totally worth it when you reach the gorgeous waterfall.

Getaway Hill Country

Blue Hole Park Trail Loop
Hike distance: 1.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy

This trail is a great loop for families right near the swimming area in Blue Hole Regional Park. With the smell of cedar, oak and cypress trees, clear blue water, and mulched trails that are mostly flat, this is the perfect afternoon hike to catch up with family and friends. If you want to indulge in the swimming hole, be sure to call ahead and make reservations.

Getaway Homochitto

Clark Creek Primitive Trail
Distance: 4.3 miles
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs allowed

This is the perfect hike for a warm afternoon, as this loop trail follows Clark Creek to a beautiful waterfall.

Getaway Machimoodus

Bear Hill Loop
Distance: 5.5 mi
Difficulty: moderate
Dogs allowed

This beautiful loop trail gets you right into the dense forest that’s native to this region, and features groves of mount laurel, Connecticut’s state flower.

Getaway Mount Adams

Guler Ice Cave Hike
Hike distance: 2.2 miles
Difficulty: Easy

This walk to the most visited cave features beautiful underground ice formations and tubes that are results of lava flows. Remember to bring snow gear though in the winter months, cave temperatures can drop pretty low.

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Getaway Piney Woods

Wolfpen Hike and Bike Trail
Hike Duration: 4.1 miles
Difficulty: Easy

This loop trail, which features a lake, is a great choice for all skill levels for hiking, walking, or trail running.

Getaway Shenandoah

White Oak Canyon Trail
Distance: 9.5 miles, about 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Dogs allowed on-leash
If you’re in search of waterfalls, head out on White Oak Canyon Trail. It can be a strenuous hike, but you can also adjust your mileage and make it shorter by skipping some of the sections.

Getaway Skagit Valley

Little Mountain Park Loop
Distance: 4.8 mi
Difficulty: medium
Dogs allowed

This loop trail through the forest in Little Mountain Park starts at the top of Little Mountain, and features viewpoints of Mount Baker, the Skagit Valley, the San Juan Islands, Olympic Mountains and even tulip fields.

Getaway Western Catskills

The Shavertown Trail
Distance: 2.9 miles
Difficulty: easy
Dogs allowed

A crisp 3 mile round-trip, Shavertown’s modest incline is worth the ascent. The lookout point at top has intimate views of the Pepacton Reservoir as well as the mountains that surround it. 

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Local Guides | Los Angeles

Explore Getaway Big Bear

Your Getaway is about finding time to disconnect in order to reconnect – whether with family, friends, or nature. After or en route from Los Angeles to a restful break at one of our cabins, there’s plenty to explore in the Big Bear Lake area, whatever may pique your interest.

Here’s our Outpost guide to nearby attractions and things to do along the way:

Getting There

Nestled in the woods of Running Springs, your secluded escape is easily accessible from Los Angeles. Driving is the quickest way to travel to your Getaway—parking is easy, just pull up right beside your tiny cabin. If you don’t have any wheels, you can take a Greyhound bus to San Bernardino Depot, then hop in an Uber or Lyft for the remainder of the journey. In the winter, you may see snowfall at Getaway Big Bear; be sure to check local weather conditions and plan your safe journey to the Outpost accordingly.

Walks in the Mountains near Getaway Big Bear

Lake Gregory Trail
Distance: 2.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Dogs allowed on-leash
This shady loop around Lake Gregory is a favorite fishing spot and features gorgeous wild flowers and lovely scenery. There’s a small park and drinking fountain bowl for dogs.

Heaps Peak Arboretum 
Distance: 0.8 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Dogs allowed on-leash
An easy walk for everyone, grab a map from the kiosk before starting the trail to read up on the types of local trees and wildlife that surround the area.

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Keller Peak
Distance: 12.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Dogs allowed on-leash + horse-friendly
Along the way to Keller Peak are a children’s garden and a Ranger Fire outlook at the peak for stunning views. For a shorter hike, you can drive part of the way and walk to the summit.

Arrowhead Pinacles Trail
Distance: 4.6 miles
Difficulty: Hard
Dogs allowed on-leash
Arrowhead Pinacles Trail is a steep, difficult trail that will keep you puffing. Enjoy the boulders and panoramic views throughout, especially the 360-degree lookout from the top. There’s not much shade, so get hiking later in the afternoon or in the early morning to avoid the heat.

Sustenance and Snacks near Getaway Big Bear

Jensen’s Food, 31987 Hilltop Blvd, Running Springs, CA 92382
~ 5 min from Outpost
A friendly local market near the Outpost where you can stock up on fresh veggies, baked goods (try the donuts), sandwiches, and drinks. Visit on the weekend for a BBQ.

LuluBelle’s Coffee House and Bakery, 31621 Pleasant Drive, Running Springs CA 92382
~ 5 min from Outpost
LuluBelle’s Coffee House and Bakery is a café and bakery using local organic foods with some of the best pastries in Running Springs. If you’re heading to Getaway to celebrate a special occasion, this is a great place to stop to grab some treats to bring into nature with you. 

Stater Bros. Market, 28100 CA-189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
~ 15 min from Outpost
Stater Bros. Market is a full supermarket along Lake Arrowhead with everything you’ll need for your stay.

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On the Local Menu

Hortencia’s at the Cliffhanger, 25187 CA-18, Crestline, CA 92325
~ 15 min from Outpost
Munch on Hortencia’s Mexican cuisine and ogle at the panoramic view of the San Bernadino Valley. Stay for the sunset or visit on a weekend for live music.

Belgian Waffle Works
~ 15 min from Outpost
Family owned and operated along the docks of Lake Arrowhead, this waffle house is open for breakfast and lunch, serving huge portions and unique waffle combinations, such as Mud-Pie, S’more, and Peanutty.

Lou Eddies Pizza
~ 10 min from Outpost
Lou Eddies offers gourmet pizzas or create-your-owns inside a 100+ year-old building. The beer served at its quaint bar is home-brewed, and seating spills onto outside patios where you can eat a pie and enjoy live music.

Old Country Coffee Shop and Diner
~ 5 min from Outpost
Breakfast at this cute little diner is split between American and Mexican plates, and both options are delicious. The quick, friendly service and cozy interior have made this eatery a favorite for locals and visitors alike.

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