Editor's note: Jo and Johnny Finch are special members of our Virginia State Parks family. Johnny is President of the Virginia Outdoors.
Here's the sequence for you to follow on your computer:
- click on https://virginiaoutdoors.com
- select "Chesapeake Region" on the VA map
- select "Westmoreland State Park" from the screen
- click on "Trails at this Destination"
- select "Big Meadows Trail"
- click on "Virtual Tour"
The virtual tour of this trail is very realistic. To reinforce that point, we took photos along the trail and have posted those photos as a part of this article. Thus, you can compare the actual photos with the virtual tour.
The biggest difference between your virtual tour on the computer and Megan's "real" one is that she has actual "shark teeth" for "show and tell", a boo-boo on a knee for exceeding the "speed limit" given the slope of the trail, and the 1 1/2 mile vertical experience (down and up) of actually walking the trail.
Walking the trail is definititely "grandparent doable" since we did it and survived. This trail is rated as the least strenuous trail at Westmoreland State Park. But, be advised, there is one section that is not to be taken lightly, either up or down. The park has seen fit, thankfully, to put a bench at the top of this section.
And now, here's the "coup de grace", you can take a virtual tour from your home computer of any trail at any Virginia State Park using the https://virginiaoutdoors.com address.