5 Favorite Trailheads Accessible Without a Vehicle

first_imgIn the age of Uber, it’s easier than ever to get around without your own set of wheels, but reaching some far-flung outdoor destinations still presents a challenge for carless adventurers. With a little research and creativity, however, you can still get out and about. Check out these options for a few regional public lands you can visit without a car.WEST VIRGINIA  |  Harpers Ferry National Historical ParkIt’s no coincidence that this town at the intersection of two rivers also serves as a crossroads of transportation, which makes it super simple to access. Each day, Amtrak’s Capitol Limited route stops at the Harpers Ferry station en route from Washington, D.C. and Chicago, and the train offers walk-on bike service as well as educational opportunities about the region’s natural and cultural heritage through the National Park Service’s Trails & Rails program. On weekdays, the MARC Train’s Brunswick Line stops in Harpers Ferry as it travels between D.C and Martinsburg, West Virginia. A park shuttle bus connects the Lower Town with the park’s Visitor Center. A short walk from these access points will connect you to multiple trails (including the Appalachian Trail) as well as adventure guide companies that offer rafting, tubing, kayaking, zip lining, and mountain biking.MARYLAND  |  Assateague State Park and Assateague Island National SeashoreGreyhound offers bus service to Ocean City, Maryland, and a short Uber or taxi ride from there gets you to either Assateague State Park or Assateague Island National Seashore. Both sections of the island offer campsites, swimming beaches, crabbing and fishing sites, nature trails, and feral horses meander throughout. Consider renting a bike in Ocean City (they’re an expensive hassle to transport by Greyhound) so you can explore more of the island.VIRGINIA  |  The Blue Ridge Parkway and Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Park and Explore ParkRoanoke’s greenways and its placement along the Blue Ridge Parkway make the city an ideal starting point for a variety of outdoor adventures, and since both Amtrak and Greyhound offer bus service to Roanoke, it’s a great option for a weekend getaway from urban centers throughout the region. Several bike shops in town offer rentals, and walkers and bikers alike can take the Mill Mountain Greenway from downtown Roanoke to Mill Mountain Park, which features the city’s iconic star. This 568-acre regional park also offers 10 miles of multiuse trails, a zoo, a wildflower garden, a playground, picnic sites, a discovery center, two overlooks that provide spectacular views of the city.The Roanoke River Greenway hugs the river on the south side of the city and terminates before it reaches Explore Park, but by continuing along neighborhood streets in the city’s Rosewood Park neighborhood, visitors can access Explore Park’s 1,100 acres, 14 miles of trails, and Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor’s Center. The park is located at milepost 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which dedicated cyclists can also access from downtown Roanoke via virtually any major road heading east or south out of the city.SOUTH CAROLINA  |  Sesquicentennial State ParkAmtrak serves downtown Columbia, and citybound nature seekers can then walk a few short blocks to catch the city’s Comet 55x bus toward Sesquicentennial State Park. The bus stops at Wal-Mart on Columbia’s Two Notch Road, and parkgoers can then walk or catch a taxi/Uber for the last two miles into the heart of the park. Sesquicentennial sprawls for more than 1,400 acres under the canopy of a pine forest and features 84 campsites, 12 miles of hiking trails, a six-mile bike loop, a dog park (although dogs are not permitted on Columbia city buses), a sand volleyball court, a softball field, two playgrounds, geocaches, and picnic shelters. Additionally, the park offers kayaks, canoes, fishing boats, pedal boats and stand-up paddleboards for rent.GEORGIA  |  Chattahoochee River National Recreation AreaThe Chattahoochee River meanders just a few miles north and west of downtown Atlanta, creating plenty of access points, but watercraft rentals and shuttles take a bit more planning. Greyhound and Amtrak both have stations in downtown Atlanta, and once there, river runners can take the MARTA’s Red Line train to North Springs, then transfer to Bus 85 and get off at the first stop (Dunwoody Place). From there, a 20-minute walk will get you to Shoot the Hooch, an outfitter and guiding company that offers half- and full-day rentals and guided trips to get you rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, or stand-up paddleboarding on the Chattahoochee.last_img read more

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No excuses for Di Maria sending off – Van Gaal

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal said Angel Di Maria can have “no excuses” for his FA Cup quarter-final sending off against Arsenal.The Argentina midfielder was dismissed for two quick yellow cards in their 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.He was booked for diving and then grabbed the shirt of referee Michael Oliver – earning himself a red card.”I think he’s touched the referee and that’s forbidden in every country, so he has no excuses,” said Van Gaal.Angel Di Maria was dismissed after appearing to grab Michael Oliver’s shirt “In Spain, he knows that he doesn’t touch the referee, but that is also in his emotion.”I’ve already spoken with him, he knows my opinion but also I have to see on the video.”Former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck returned to Old Trafford to score the second-half winner for Arsenal.Earlier, Nacho Monreal’s opening goal for the Gunners was cancelled out by Wayne Rooney’s header.Van Gaal on United’s FA Cup exitFA Cup: Man Utd 1-2 Arsenal highlights “I’ve said in the dressing room we gave [the game] away by ourselves and that is the biggest disappointment. In the second half, we had the first chance also then we gave it away again.”We don’t lose from the opponent, we lost from ourselves and it was very disappointing. You play this match to win; to beat the opponent. We wanted to be in the semi-final.”Oliver under the spotlightMichael Oliver found himself at the centre of four second-half talking pointsReferee Oliver’s performance also came in for close scrutiny. As well as the Di Maria incidents, Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin escaped a second yellow card for a foul on Ashley Young and Adnan Januzaj’s appeals for a late penalty were turned down and the Belgium winger was booked for diving. Incident one – Bellerin escapes second yellowBellerin received a booking for a foul on Ashley Young in just the third minute. Just after the hour mark, the pair tangled again and Young went down under the challenge.The Arsenal player avoided seeing yellow again and stayed on.Louis van Gaal: “He hasn’t received a second yellow card. The referee is the boss of that, he decides.”Bellerin was replaced shortly after and replaced by Calum Chambers.Incident two – Di Maria divesWith United trailing 2-1 and 15 minutes remaining, Angel Di Maria throws himself to the floor and is booked for a tame dive. Incident three – Di Maria sees redThe Argentine’s yellow quickly becomes a red as, amid confusion around Old Trafford, the club’s £59.7m record signing grabbed the shirt of Michael Oliver.Chief football writer Phil McNulty: “Di Maria was utterly senseless to tug at his shirt to see a second yellow.”John Murray, BBC Radio 5 live commentator: “Angel Di Maria walks off the field and they’re applauding him.”But for goodness sake, two yellow cards for that behaviour, he’s cost his side a place in the semi-finals. He grabbed the referee’s shirt and you simply cannot do that.” Di Maria had earlier supplied the cross for Wayne Rooney’s headed equaliserIncident four – Januzaj booked for divingFive minutes were left on the Old Trafford clock as United attacked the Stretford End in search of an equaliser.Adnan Januzaj attempted to get past Nacho Monreal and fell to the floor by the byeline with the home fans appealing for a penalty.Oliver waved away the appeals and awarded an Arsenal free-kick, booking the Belgian for simulation.Phil Neville on BBC Radio 5 live: “Januzaj showed brilliant ability on that right-hand side to go past Monreal, but it’s a brilliant decision – there was no need to go over. There was no contact at all and Januzaj goes down too easily.” Danny Murphy on Match of the Day: “That was the right decision and a brave decision by the referee right in front of the Stretford End.”Adnan Januzaj protests for a late penalty were ignored by Michael Oliverlast_img read more

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Barclays Premier League review

first_img SUNDAY, MAY 1 SATURDAY, APRIL 30 SOUTHAMPTON 4 MANCHESTER CITY 2 GOALS:-SOUTHAMPTON: LONG 25; MANE 28, 57, 68. CITY: IHEANACHO 44, 78). Manchester City’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League remain in the balance after Sadio Mane netted a hat-trick. Shane Long opened the scoring before Mane doubled the lead, though Kelechi Iheanacho replied for the visitors. Mane then scored twice to make sure of the win, though Iheanacho found the top corner late on. SWANSEA CITY 3 LIVERPOOL 1 GOALS:-SWANSEA: AYEW 20, 67; CORK 33. LIVERPOOL: BENTEKE. Swansea City dismantled Liverpool to make sure of their Barclays Premier League status. Andre Ayew’s header and a Jack Cork goal put the hosts in charge; and though Christian Benteke headed home for Liverpool, Ayew’s second goal swiftly ended those aspirations. Brad Smith was then sent off for Liverpool, whose hopes of Champions League qualification now rest on winning the Europa League. Barclays Premier League review ARSENAL 1 NORWICH CITY 0 GOAL:-ARSENAL: WELBECK 59. Norwich moved closer to relegation on an afternoon that saw Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger subjected to calls for his sacking. Gunners fans protested inside and out of the Emirates, though they secured a valuable win with a Danny Welbeck half-volley. The result leaves Norwich in 19th place, two points from safety with three games remaining. EVERTON 2 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1 GOALS:-EVERTON: CLEVERLEY 7; BAINES 64. BOURNEMOUTH: PUGH 9. Everton manager Roberto Martinez was another to face calls for his head despite seeing his side beat Bournemouth. Tom Cleverley drove in a low shot early on, but within seconds the Cherries levelled through Marc Pugh. Leighton Baines claimed the winner for Everton, but fans stayed behind to protest against Martinez. NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 0 GOAL:-NEWCASTLE: TOWNSEND 58. Newcastle moved out of the relegation zone, thanks to Andros Townsend’s magnificent free kick and keeper Karl Darlow’s penalty save. Townsend gave Newcastle the lead after half-time, but Yohan Cabaye, once of Newcastle, saw his late penalty saved by third-choice Darlow. The win sees Newcastle a point above Sunderland and two clear of Norwich. STOKE CITY 1 SUNDERLAND 1 GOALS:-STOKE: ARNAUTOVIC 50. SUNDERLAND: DEFOE PEN 90. Jermaine Defoe’s added-time penalty helped Newcastle rescue a point but dropped into the relegation zone after rivals Newcastle beat Palace. Marko Arnautovic gave Stoke the lead and Sunderland struggled to create chances in response, until Geoff Cameron tangled with Defoe in the 93rd minute and the former England striker made no mistake from the spot. WATFORD 3 ASTON VILLA 2 GOALS:-ABDI; DEENEY 90, 90. VILLA: CLARK 28; AYEW 48. Troy Deeney’s two late goals denied Aston Villa what would have been only their fourth league win of the season. Ciaran Clark headed Villa’s opener, but Almen Abdi equalised for Watford. Jordan Ayew’s low drive restored Villa’s lead, but Aly Cissokho was sent off with 17 minutes to play. Deeney levelled in added time and within seconds slotted home the winner. WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 WEST HAM UNITED 3 GOALS:-WEST HAM: KOUYATE 34; NOBLE 45, 79. Mark Noble scored twice to extended West Ham’s unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League to 10 games. Cheikhou Kouyate headed the Hammers ahead before Noble scuffed a shot prior to the break to extend the visitors’ advantage. Noble added his second and West Ham’s third when he volleyed home from Andy Carroll’s cross.last_img read more

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