We at Black Widow Adventures, are all about ALL things outdoors! Adventure is in our name for a reason and we want to document and share some of our favourite hikes, floats, and hidden gems. Whatever you're into, be that camping, rafting, or trail running, we love it and want you to get outside and enjoy nature too. We want to inspire you to have your own adventure and join the journey!
We at Black Widow Adventures, are all about ALL things outdoors! Adventure is in our name for a reason and we want to document and share some of our favourite hikes, floats, and hidden gems. Whatever you're into, be that camping, rafting, or trail running, we love it and want you to get outside and enjoy nature too. We want to inspire you to have your own adventure.
Join the journey!
Talladega National Forest
This is such a cool area of the state to visit! Located on the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains, you can either RV or tent camp. The forest is filled with trails to hike, bike, and even horse and ATV trails.
Grand Canyon National Park
Of course, this is on our list. There is no dought that this is a magical place. It is one of the most visited National Parks in the nation. The adventures are endless here weather you are looking for a day hike, backpacking, biking, or a mule ride down into the canyon. Keep in mind most National Parks are not very dog friendly. We learned this the hard way.
Petrified Forest National Park
Not far from the Grand Canyon lies the mystical park. Wonder through the hiking trails to view super cool petrified logs and even go geocaching. This is a great place to backpack and stay in one of their many hike in camp spots surrounded by nature. This is a very dog friendly park, allowing them everywhere except inside buildings.
This state has so much to offer for any adventurer! No matter the region, you will not be disappointed. There are too many great places to list, but these are our top three places to visit.
Eleven Mile Resivour
This is a hidden gem, tucked away outside of Lake George, CO. You can hike, fish, climb, and camp down this gorgeous road.
Fraser Experimental Forest
This is a great area with countless hiking trails. If you're looking to hike to a mountain top or a lake, this forest is breathtaking.
Rocky Mountain National Park
The elopement capital of the nation! (Sorry we are planning a wedding.) And for a good reason! If you're looking to hike, fish, wildlife watching, or camp, you're in the right place. This park never disappoint!
Hoover Dam & Lake Mead
One of the most majestic views I have ever seen is Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. RV camping spots are phenomenal here and if you are a water bug, this is the park for you!
Valley of Fire State Park
This is not a National Park, but it should be! Just two hours from Las Vegas, you will feel like you are in a different state. You'll find endless red sandstone and 2.000-year-old petroglyphs. Even in the winter, it does get very hot here so bring plenty of water.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
For anyone who hasn't been in a cave, this is a great one to start with. As you defend down further into the cave you start to feel like you are on a different planet. It's very much worth the venture and risking your claustrophobia.
Whiteface Mountain Trail
Lake Placid, NY is one of the most beautiful towns I have ever been to. There are many different hiking trails around the town and Whiteface Mountain is one of the most breathtaking I have ever hiked. It's a long one but totally worth it! You can even take a dip in the lake if you need a break.
Tishomingo Wildlife Refuge
Grant's family has land that backs up to the refuge so we have spent a lot of time exploring this area. We love taking a walk through the woods and seeing all the beautiful wildflowers that seem to never die here. This is a popular bird migration route as well so we love birdwatching here as well. You never know if you will see a bald eagle or a pelican flying overhead.
There are so many great places to adventure in Texas with such diverse landscapes. These are our top 3 favourite places to spend time whenever we can.
Colorado Bend State Park
This is such an enjoyable park. It's secluded and thriving with wildlife. The camping is great here at the park has many sites covered with trees giving you more privacy. We have camped here both tent camping and with the fifth wheel and both times were very enjoyable.
There is no end to what you can do in this rocky terrain; hiking, biking, fishing, paddling the river, take a cave tour, and camping.
Gorman falls is their most popular trail and I understand why. It leads to one of the most beautiful hidden waterfalls in Texas. Stretching 70 feet wide, we love hiking here and staying a while to have lunch and relax. Grant and I also love hiking the Slide Trail to view Colorado river from up high. That is where the picture above was taken. We are never disappointed when we venture to Colorado Bend State Park.
Big Bend National Park
This is such a diverse landscape with vistas, mountains, and the Rio Grande River boards the south edge of the park.
The Chisos Mountains is one of the most incredible parts of the park with some great hiking trails and a very popular campsite, The picture above is of Dog Canyon on the north side of the park and it is one of our favourite day hikes. Per usual with National Parks, last-minute camping can be tough. We have never camped in the park due to this but have stayed in Terlingua and Marathon. Tin Valley Retro Rents is a great place to camp with either an RV or tent camping with many of their retro airstreams, buses, and even a landbound boat to stay in, but know they do not have a bathhouse. We have also stayed at the Stillwell Ranch Store and RV Park and enjoyed it. They do have a bathhouse and a little store in case you forget anything. We had pigs in the camp every night.
Big Bend is a great place to adventure, I always recommend staying a few days at the park so you can venture to different areas each day.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Palo Duro is known as the Grand Canyon of Texas since it is the 2nd largest canyon in the nation. The park has a lot to offer.
It is filled with hiking, biking, and even horse trails to explore.
One of our favourite trails is the Lighthouse Trail which leads to giant rock towers. If you're feeling brave you can climb to the top of the tallest tower with a gorgeous view that goes on for miles.
We camped here in February 2020 with wild turkey and deer visiting the campground every morning. The campsites themselves are secured with lots of brush cover between each site. We even set up our hammocks in the picnic area to relax in after a long day on the hot trails.
Palo Duro Canyon is quite an amazing place to spend the weekend.