Weekend Adventures Part 2: Hiking Sky Meadows State Park

Hi friends! I’m back with part 2 of our weekend adventures because apparently I took too many photos this weekend to fit them all into one post! Part 1 featured more cherry blossom running photos and a delicious dinner in case you missed it. ;)

On Sunday, Matt and I had the day free and decided to take ourselves on a little hiking adventure.

hiking sky meadows state park

We were considering hiking Old Rag (our fave – our engagement even happened there!), but decided in the end to mix it up and try something new. Enter: Sky Meadows State Park!

sky meadows state park

Sky Meadows is in Delaplane, Virginia, about an hour ish outside DC. It had been recommended to us recently by friends so we were excited to check it out!

It was a cloudy day but the temperature was nice for hiking – not too hot, not too cold. Juuuuust right. :)

sky meadows state park

We started our hike around noon and had packed lunch and some snacks to enjoy while on the trail. About an hour in we stopped for a food break – avocado toast is even more delicious with bacon on top, in case you were wondering. ;)

avocado toast with bacon

I also packed a ton of carrots and celery, two apples, and some almond butter for us to snack on (we ended up eating most of the veggies/fruit but saving the almond butter for another day).

best hiking snacks

And we also polished off the last of my recent batch of Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites!

oatmeal raisin snack balls

Apparently all that hiking made us hungry. :)

sky meadows state park hike

spring flowers hike

We did a nice big loop of all the outer trails in the park (including some of the Appalachian Trail, which is always fun) and ended up covering a hilly 8 miles. Whew – our legs were tired!

So fun to spend the day together getting some fresh air. Hiking is always my happy place. :)


We arrived home in time for a later dinner and threw together our last Blue Apron of the week: a really good chicken and potato stew with swiss chard. Perfect for a cold and rainy night!

chicken potato stew

Matt doctored up the garlic toast with some grated cheese, too. :)

garlic toast recipe

Ready to eat!


Such a fun and full weekend, although it went too quickly as always. :) I’m already looking forward to next weekend and to the big Cherry Blossom 10 Miler adventures!

What’s your favorite hiking food? I usually bring a lot of snack ball type things (like my tart cherry pie snack balls), or my 5 minute no bake peanut butter granola bars. Plus cheese, crackers, and cut up veggies! The avocado and bacon toast will definitely happen again, though – that was so good!


  1. 1

    Sounds like an amazing weekend! And why did I never think about avocado toast with bacon?????!!!!

    You two are so damn cute…:)

  2. 3

    I teach Astronomy at UMD. I’ve heard of Sky Meadows because it’s one of the closest “pretty dark” sites near the DC area. Good for star parties, although I’ve never been there. This past Sunday was not good for any kind of star-gazing, though, with the clouds all day!

  3. 5

    Hiking is perfect this time of year. Looks like you had a lovely weekend. Will have to try the oatmeal raisin energy bites. Just stocked up on gluten free oats.

  4. 7
    Roadrunner says

    Looks like a great hike — with great food along the way and at home!

  5. 8

    Oh my gosh that stew looks delicious!! I can totally relate to your hiking hunger–it seems like every time Bart and I go for long hikes, we either have to bring tons of snacks or prepare to spend the rest of the day snacking. So glad you had such a fun weekend!

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