Join us in bringing together local friends and family to unplug and get outside. Let’s discover our amazing backyards — from national treasures like the Appalachian Trail to new local and regional parks.
Whether hiking, walking the dog, or watching a sunset, just being outdoors can make you feel energized and alive. Improve your outlook, focus, immune system, vision, and reduce your stress.
Crafting an active lifestyle covers physical, mental, & social wellbeing. Getting together with folks and families in your community, go for a walk, maybe play at the local park, just hang out. See the idea?
Many of us moved to Western Loudoun for the rural, natural beauty. It provides so much for us. And yet, it also needs our help to keep it clean and healthy. So let’s learn how we can both give and receive.
We are blessed with countless local, regional, and national parks nearby. And it’s growing! Round Hill is expanding its local parks by leaps and bounds. Need motivation or basic know-how to explore these gems? That’s why we’re here!
The Appalachian Trail travels nearly 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine, right past your backyard. We have a special focus to support the A.T., our local trail club PATC, and bring this treasure to our community and schools
Distance 6 Miles Route Type Out & Back Difficulty Moderate Description A simple walk in the woods along the Appalachian Trail starting from the Keyes Gap parking lot turning around point at the David Lesser shelter - an excellent example of an Appalachian Trail...
— DID YOU KNOW? —
The Appalachian Trail is less than 5 miles from Round Hill. It’s most prominent local crossing is over Route 7 near Bear’s Den, a beautiful sunset view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River.
Round Hill opened Sleeter Lake Park in June 2018, providing public access to the 100-acre lake. Army Colonel Frank Sleeter, the original owner of Hill High Orchards, created Sleeter Lake in the late 1960s when he built a dam along a local creek to irrigate his peach and apple orchards. Now we can use it for canoes, kayaks, and picnics.
Get Outside Together
It’s simple. We get together. We go outside. It can be a hike, a walk around town, a nature or local history lesson, bringing frisbees to a local park. Not a big production. Just simple, old-fashioned hanging out — outside.
Events & Celebrations
What’s life without a good party? A few times a year, we’ll pull together events for the community to showcase all this greatness around us whether it’s the Appalachian Trail, camping and hiking, local parks, or anything inspiring we discover along the way.
A lot of people don’t know. A lot of people want to know more. And we have a bunch of incredible teachers and schools doing the good work already. We will help to hook all these ideas and people together — the adults, the kids, the young-at-heart.
There are so many local organizations doing amazing work to preserve the great outdoors for us. Why not get together with them and help make more magic? That’s just what we’ll do, by helping willing volunteers and local groups find each other.
Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace principles were developed to guide our outdoor explorations and minimize our impact on the environment. We strive to weave these principles into our own activities, events, and teaching.
We will explore ways to responsibly use and protect our natural resources through conservation and sustainable practices. Quite simply, we’ll constantly look for ways to mindfully leave Round Hill and Loudoun County better than we found it.