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Since the publication of our first book, Hiking Virginia, a dozen years ago, countless people have asked us: "What's your favorite hike?" To celebrate the release of the new, full-color 3rd edition we're going to take you there! Read on for the details, followed by a sneak peak of our 2013-2014 Florida paddling season. Hope to see you on the water or on the trail this year!


Mary & Bill Burnham
Burnham Guides, 305-240-0650
Hike/Bike the Rooftop of Virginia: Columbus Day Weekend Oct. 11-14
That's Bill in Grayson Highlands!


Join us Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 11-14, 2013, at one of our favorite places in all of Virginia: Mount Rogers during peak foliage season! 


Arrive at our cozy base camp in Grayson Highlands State Park Friday evening for a fun meal around the campfire.  


Next morning we'll day hike up to mile-high Mount Rogers, tallest point in Virginia, along the Appalachian Trail through high mountain meadows where wild ponies roam free. This 9-mile hike is not as difficult as it sounds, since we are starting at such a high elevation to begin with! While the final ascent to the peak is a tree-covered, magical boreal forest, the scenery on the way up is absolutely stunning, many say the prettiest on the entire 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. 


On Sunday we'll take a shuttle up Whitetop to coast by bike 17 miles downhill on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Named for the train that had to make 25 switchbacks up the mountain (hence "Creeper"), we'll coast almost effortlessly under a canopy of fall foliage on this historic rail-to-trail. We'll end up at the annual Whitetop Mountain Molasses Festival, to watch molasses and apple butter being made, enjoy live music and a barbecue.  


Monday morning we'll stretch our legs on an easy waterfall hike right from camp before heading home.


Meals around the campfire and some good old time mountain music complete this 3-day adventure along the Crooked Road, Virginia's Music Heritage Trail.

  • Cost: $595, all inclusive of camping gear & fees, all meals, bike shuttle and rental
  • A 20% deposit holds your spot. 
  •  Email or call 305-240-0650     
Florida Keys, Everglades & Great Calusa Blueway
floridaThis winter's Florida paddling season was one for the books! A dozen multi-day trips, 70 days on the water, and 100 great paddlers who joined us in the Keys, Everglades and on the Great Calusa Blueway!

We are already taking bookings for November 2013-April 2014. Those who sign up first get their choice of dates and the trip goes on the calendar! Plus, we will again be offering an Early Booking Discount to get this party started!
  • Great Calusa Blueway, 6 days
  • Everglades Wilderness Waterway, 8 days 
  • Florida Keys Backcountry, 3 to 5 days  
  • SPECIAL Florida Keys Kayak Fishing Trip, 3 to 5 days  
  • Everglades, 3 to 5 days
  • Ten Thousand Islands, 3 to 5 days
  • Annual 100-mile Key Largo to Key West, March    
  • Call 305-240-0650 or Email to let us help plan your paddling in paradise!  
  • Trip details at 

Bill & Mary Burnham

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