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Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 08/25/2011

Outdoor options to close out summer, welcome fall


Campers at Pocomoke River State Park can rent kayaks. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

There might be a hurricane on the way, but that’s no reason you can’t make plans now for outdoor activities when the weather clears. The latest Weekend cover story, “Like This? Try This!,” offers alternatives to such familiar destinations as Rock Creek Park, Old Rag Mountain and Assateague Island National Seashore.

We also want to know about your favorite outdoor activity and location. Email orndorffa@washpost.com and we’ll post the responses on the GOG blog. The winner (judged by creativity) will receive the book “The National Parks: Our American Landscape.”

What follows is a roundup of more stories to help you plan other outdoor excursions.


Riders follow guide Heather McKean on a trail near Hamilton, Va. (Sean Kelly for The Washington Post)

A peaceful, beginner-friendly horseback ride through the Virginia countryside? Sign us up! Sean Kelly wrote about Chase Run Stable in Hamilton, which offers guided rides by appointment.


A boy crosses a “bridge” between trees at the Adventure Park in Sandy Spring. (Xiaomei Chen for The Washington Post)

Getting from point A to B at Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School is quite a challenge. The 10 routes require visitors to climb, crawl, zip and maneuver high in the tree canopy.


The DC Capital Striders running club in action along Difficult Run Trail in McLean. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Anyone can hike along a trail, but it takes a true (and slightly insane) athlete to vault over boulders, dodge roots and ford streams, but that’s just what the Capital Striders do every Wednesday.


A visitor uses a GPS Ranger at Dark Hollow Falls in Shenandoah National Park. (Jay Dater for The Washington Post)

Summer might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have a few more weekends worth spending on, in and around the water. In July, Kris Coronado came up with some wet ideas in her cover story Water Water Everywhere.


A one-on-one kayaking lesson on the Potomac from Sunny Pitcher of Potomac Paddlesports. (AJ Chavar/The Washington Post)

You want to get outdoors but don’t know where to start? Read our April cover story Outdoors 101, which focuses on hiking, camping and water sports and suggests easy, medium and hard options for each.

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