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Some great ways to opt outside

November 23, 2018 GMT

You don’t have to get “malled” on Black Friday. The new trend for folks wanting to escape some of the madness is to hit the woods with the #OptOutside movement that encourages folks to get outdoors and walk off some of those Thanksgiving pounds a plenty. Here’s a look at few ways to #OptOutside at regional parks and attractions this weekend.

Lost Trail and yoga at Beech Fork

Want to get some exercise and escape the madness of Black Friday? Opt Outside at Beech Fork State Park as there’s a group hike being hosted at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23

Meet Sara Limb from Trees Lounge Yoga at the trailhead for a hike along Lost Trail.


The group will be hiking the moderate level, 3.5-mile trail that winds along the Beech Fork Lake, climbing onto the ridge and down into the valley below. This trail provides expansive views of the ridge above and valley below.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/events/508138393000734/ for more info on the event.

Trail treks at Shawnee State

Shawnee State Park in Friendship, Ohio (just northwest of Portsmouth) hosts its guided Trail Treks on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Meet at the lodge lobby at 1 p.m. to explore a new trail with a naturalist. It’s naturalist’s choice so they may be hiking on the nearby Shawnee State Forest Backpack Trail, or at the Edge of Appalachia Preserve depending upon the size and skill level of the group. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes and pack your own water and snacks.

Call 740-858-6652 for more info.

Holiday Bridge Walks

Walk off the holiday feast through the end of November for Bridge Walk’s Thanksgiving Holiday Walks, under the world famous New River Gorge Bridge.

Enjoy a special holiday rate of $49/person ($51.94 with tax) is available for all from Friday, Nov. 23 through Nov. 30.

It’s a great way to get outside, occupy students and enjoy the quiet season on the bridge. The Bridge Walk are guided tours of the New River Gorge Bridge from the catwalk 25′ beneath the Bridge. The tours are 2-3 hours in length. After checking in, Bridge Walk guests are shuttled to the Canyon Rim Visitor’s Center on the north side of the Bridge. A short path leads to the Bridge where guests enter the catwalk in the midst of the massive iron structure. Before beginning the tour, guests are securely fastened onto a safety cable making it impossible to fall from the Bridge during a tour. The Bridge Walk guests walk the entire 3,030 foot length of the Bridge and then are shuttled back to the Bridge Walk headquarters. Bridge tours move along at a leisurely pace and there is plenty of time to stop for photos and to discuss features of the Bridge, New River Gorge and national park with your guide.


Call 304-574-1300 for reservations or book online at www.bridgewalk.com.

Full Moon Hike

Looking for a road-trip head up to Cass Scenic Railroad where they are hosting a Full Moon Hike — Full Beaver Moon on Friday, Nov. 23. Meet at the Visitors Center at 7 p.m. This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter.

It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon. Full Moon Hike at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will occur on or about the occurrence of full moon. Hikes will be led by a Park Ranger or Naturalist. Registration is not required, but requested. Please register for Full Moon Hikes ahead of time by calling 304-456-4300. All hikes will start at the Visitor Center and are just over 3 miles in duration on a slight grade.

Go online at https://wvstateparks.com/park/cass-scenic-railroad-state-park/.

Trail Town, Louisa Bike Club

Trail Town and the Louisa Bike Club on Black Friday for a community bike ride.

The ride will begin and end at Masterpiece Cafe in downtown Louisa, Ky. They will gather at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and snacks. At 10 a.m. they will start a beginner-friendly 5-10 mile loop around Louisa. A more advanced ride will follow the town loop ride.

Huntington Area Hiking Club

The Huntington Area Hiking Club for a 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23 hike at nearby Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Ky. (About 40 minutes west of Huntington). Meet at the lodge for a hike on the Three Bridges Trail (about four miles) to see three natural bridges and other wonders. Check out the Huntington Area Hiking Club FB page for more info.