Our 9th Annual Washington To Washington trip takes us to the pristine wilderness of the George Washington National Forest in stunning Southwest Virginia, where we’ll camp on the shores of Lake Moomaw, in the shadows of Bolar Mountain. While there are some similarities to areas we’ve visited on our previous trips, this portion of the state is also known for its lush forests, fresh-water lakes, inquisitive wildlife, and majestic peaks. During this year’s trip we will have plenty of stuff to explore. From taking in the glorious views atop the famed Twin Island Overlook to swimming in the beautiful Lake Moomaw, canoeing, horseback riding, and more, we’ll be pretty busy! And, like the skunks in Pennsylvania and the deer in West Virginia, we hope the campers will be surprised by some brand-new wildlife: wild turkeys, beavers, muskrats (and, at a very safe distance, foxes and black bears!) Hopefully the peace and quiet of the wilderness won’t be drowned out by the frogs, cicadas, and rich variety of birds!

This trip is a chance for these kids to see animals out in the open rather than at a zoo; to swim in refreshing, crisp, natural water in ponds rather than the local chlorinated, public swimming pool; to help build campfires and cook dinners (and make S’mores!) over the fire rather than making a quick stop at the drive-thru. This is a chance for these kids to hike for hours without ever hearing a honking horn or touching a paved street. We want to offer them a special experience that is altogether new to them, one that just isn’t available where they live.

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Here’s a look at our 2018 itinerary:

Tuesday, August 7

  • 6:00 – 9:00 pm — Pre-trip Bar-B-Q in D.C.

Wednesday, August 8

  • Leave D.C., driving vans toward the George Washington National Forest in SW Virginia.
  • Arrive at Bolar Mountain Campground.
  • Evening Activity — Set up camp, get settled, and cook dinner.

Thursday, August 9

  • Morning Activity — Art Projects
  • Hike to Twin Islands Overlook. Swim at Lake Moomaw.
  • Evening Activity — Games, cooking dinner, and ghost stories!

Friday, August 10

  • Visit local farms.
  • Day hike to waterfalls and swimming hole.
  • Visit the West Virginia State Fair!

Saturday, August 11

  • Hike to the top of Bolar Mountain, one of Virginia’s highest peaks!
  • Hang out, take pictures, enjoy the view, and swim.
  • Closing Ceremony around the campfire, and present Hiker Awards.

Sunday, August 12

  • Drive back to Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and Detroit, with a couple of group stops along the way, including a horseback ride atop the mountain ridges at Star B Stables.

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