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
The Round Hill Appalachian Trail Art Show is an annual event celebrating nature-inspired artwork by local artists. Hosted by the Round Hill Arts Center, the show includes a People’s Choice competition and is viewable in person or online. The Town of Round Hill is an A.T. Community committed to protecting the Trail. Discover the beauty of the A.T. and surrounding natural spaces through art.
— DID YOU KNOW? —
Sleeter Lake Park is a hidden gem located in Round Hill, VA. This beautiful 21-acre park offers something for everyone, from fishing and kayaking to hiking and picnicking. The centerpiece of the park is the 100-acre lake, which is home to a variety of fish, including bass, catfish, and sunfish. Whether you’re an experienced angler or just looking for a relaxing day on the water, Sleeter Lake is a great spot for fishing.
In addition to fishing, the park offers a network of hiking trails that wind through the woods and around the lake. The trails range in difficulty from easy to moderate and offer stunning views of the lake and surrounding hills. The park also has a picnic pavilion and several picnic tables, making it a great spot for a family outing or a group gathering.
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.
Be sure to check it out and experience all it has to offer.
You can find more information on the Town website.
The Appalachian Trail is home to many unique plant and animal species, including the white-tailed deer, black bear, and the endangered Virginia big-eared bat. It is also home to the largest salamander in the world, the hellbender, which can grow up to two feet long.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office is located in nearby Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, which is also the headquarters for the National Park Service’s Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to the conservation of the natural resources and the Appalachian Trail for over 100 years. Here are some interesting facts about the club:
- Founded in 1927, the club maintains over 1,000 miles of hiking trails, including 240 miles of the Appalachian Trail, making it one of the largest trail-maintaining organizations in the United States.
- The club operates 7 cabins, 4 shelters, and 1 lodge along the Appalachian Trail, providing hikers with safe and affordable accommodations while enjoying the great outdoors.
- In addition to trail maintenance, the club offers educational programs, workshops, and guided hikes to help hikers of all skill levels learn more about the Appalachian Trail and the surrounding natural environment.
- The club is made up of over 6,000 members who share a passion for hiking, conservation, and the Appalachian Trail. Members can volunteer for trail maintenance projects, attend social events, and connect with other hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.
- The club’s headquarters are located in Vienna, Virginia, and include a bookstore and a museum dedicated to the history and conservation of the Appalachian Trail.
Overall, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club is an important organization that plays a key role in preserving the natural beauty of the Appalachian Trail and promoting outdoor recreation and education.
— UPCOMING EVENTS —
Calling All Artists Submit artwork for our 7th Annual Appalachian Trail Art Show! Join our Appalachi...February 3 - March 10
Do you love outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and community involvement? If so, we invi...March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Do you love outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and community involvement? If so, we invi...April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Do you love outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and community involvement? If so, we invi...May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Experience the magic of the great outdoors at the 2024 Appalachian Trail Festival in Loudoun! Join u...June 8 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.