Virginia's Wild Side: Fifty Outdoor Adventures from the Mountains to the Ocean

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University of Virginia Press, 2003 - Science - 210 pages

Fair warning to all of Virginia's couch potatoes: Curtis Badger has compiled such an engaging and refreshingly unconventional treasury of outdoor adventures that you may be compelled to give up your seat. He will send you in pursuit of rare salamanders on the slopes of Mount Rogers, to dig clams on tidal flats along the coast, and to spot eagles along the bluffs of the Potomac River.

Dividing Virginia into four regions--the Eastern Shore; the Tidewater, Middle Peninsula, and Northern Neck; Central Virginia and the Highlands; and Southwest Virginia--Badger hikes, bikes, canoes, and kayaks his way through some of the Commonwealth's best-known, and least-known, natural areas. He fishes for trout in the James River, confronts bears on Stony Man Mountain, and looks for migrating birds in the Blue Ridge. He kayaks on the Pamunkey, bikes on former railroad beds, and searches for gold at Lake Anna. Yet as much as Badger provides an invaluable guidebook for the active outdoor explorer, his is also a writer's journal of entertaining essays sure to please the most adventurous reader.

Whether used as a family guidebook for easy weekend jaunts or a natural history resource for students of the Old Dominion, Virginia's Wild Side will motivate even the armchair traveler to experience fifty very special Virginia places.

 

Contents

出給
31
and the Northern Neck
57
King William on the Grill
59
Birding by Bike
63
Back Bay and False Cape
67
The Great Dismal Swamp
71
Alive in the Killing Fields
75
Mountain Biking Tidewater Style
79
Mr Crabtrees Falls
130
Warblers at Wintergreen
135
Sherando Lake
139
The Chessie Trail
143
Doubtlessly Douthat
147
The Civilian Conservation Corps
150
Sweet Land of Goshen
153
Its Called Fishing Not Catching
157

Chippokes Plantation State Park
84
Biking Mathews County
88
Belle Isle State Park
92
Westmoreland State Park
96
Caledon Natural Area Preserve
100
Paddling the Pamunkey
104
Central Virginia and the Highlands
109
Pocahontas State Park
111
Lake Anna
115
Skyland Lodge
119
Limberlost Trail
123
Stony Man Mountain
127
Bass and Whitewater
163
To McAfee Knob with Olen Waldrip
167
Roaring
171
The New River Trail
175
Grayson Highlands
179
Hellbent on Salamanders
182
The Virginia Creeper Trail
186
Warblers in the Mist
191
Hungry Mother State Park
199
Guest River Gorge Trail
203
Natural Tunnel State Park
206
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About the author (2003)

Curtis J. Badger, a freelance writer and photographer in Onancock, Virginia, is the award-winning author of thirty-three books, including Salt Tide: Cycles and Currents of Life along the Coast, Bellevue Farm: Exploring Virginia?s Coastal Countryside, and A Naturalist?s Guide to the Virginia Coast.

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