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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Betting on Sports 2020 heads to Barcelona as flagship event continues growth

first_img Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 SBC (Sports Betting Community) has announced that its flagship Betting on Sports event is to relocate to Barcelona in 2020 as part of international expansion plans across the sports betting and gaming industries.Betting on Sports 2020 will now be held at Fira Barcelona on 8-11 September.Betting on Sports has been staged at Olympia London since 2017 – and the conference centre is once again the venue for the forthcoming Betting on Sports 2019 (17-20 September) – but SBC has recognised that a new venue is required to facilitate the further expansion anticipated in 2020 as the success of this year’s event has seen the Betting on Sports reaching capacity in London.Rasmus Sojmark, CEO & Founder of SBC, said: “Betting on Sports is known for its commitment to high quality content and delegate experience, as well as providing great business opportunities, which has resulted in a rapidly growing international appeal. As the show continues to expand and evolve, it’s important for us to stay true to the core values that define the event.“We have chosen Barcelona because it has world-class hotels, transport links and attractions to ensure delegates enjoy a great time in the city. Fira Barcelona provides a large and centrally located venue to continue to deliver on this promise.“Coupled with the growing betting and gaming market in Spain, Barcelona was an easy choice to make.”The decision to move Betting on Sports to Barcelona has received a warm welcome from key stakeholders in the industry.Martin Lycka, Director of Regulatory Affairs, GVC Group said: “Spain is a very exciting gambling market with a big international appeal, which makes Barcelona an ideal host city for next year’s Betting on Sports conference. This event is one of the first ones on my calendar every year.”George Rover, Managing Partner of Princeton Global Strategies, said: “Barcelona is a fantastic international city, which makes it a perfect location for an international show such as Betting on Sports 2020. It is one of Europe’s great destinations.”Betting on Sports has achieved over 50% year-on-year growth since its launch in 2016 and now attracts delegates from more than 60 countries, with content aimed at challenges and opportunities in markets all around the world.All of the key elements that have made Betting on Sports the must-attend event for thousands of key industry stakeholders each year will still be present in Barcelona.Delegates can expect an even more extensive content offering from each of Betting on Sports, CasinoBeats Summit, PaymentExpert Forum, SBC Digital Marketing Forum, SBC Sponsorship Forum and Sports Betting Hall of Fame. The number of expert speakers on offers means that Betting on Sports will be providing one of the biggest gatherings of gambling expertise in the industry.Complementing the conference content will be a vastly increased exhibition area where operators can keep up to date with the latest product developments and innovations in the betting, casino and payments sectors.The relocation will also see the Sports Betting Hall of Fame Ceremony move to Barcelona, where the pioneers in the industry are recognised for their contributions to the business of sports betting.Sojmark added: “Team SBC will be exhibiting at IGB LIVE stand Q30 next week, and we welcome you to visit our booth to discuss Betting on Sports and CasinoBeats Summit this coming September, the SBC Awards in December, and of course our plans for 2020 including taking Betting on Sports to Barcelona.”Betting on Sports 20208-11 SeptemberHall 2Fira Barcelona Share Submitlast_img read more

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