Spectacular sunrises are a fantastic way to start an adventure in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Photographer Elliott Cliborne captured this brilliant photo at the top of Mary’s Rock, where a 3.7-round trip hike along the Appalachian Trail leads to expansive views. Of the experience, says Cliborne: “It was by far the best sunrise I experienced in over 400 miles of hiking last summer.” Photo courtesy of Elliott Cliborne.
Drove 13 hours and 1,400 kilometers to go hiking in Virginia. This was taken during yesterday’s sunset while I was hiking on the ice covered trails to an overlook. The sun’s final rays casting its warm light on the surroundings and breaking through the leafless trees was absolutely beautiful.
Long-range vistas, rolling mountains and pastoral landscapes, Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s favorite drive, and we can definitely see why. Blue Ridge meanders for 469 miles, connecting Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region so special. Sunset from the Parkway by Chris Mobley (www.sharetheexperience.org).