Summer 2007 Newsletter

Welcome to the first installment of the Outdoor Trails Quarterly Newsletter! Thanks to your loyal patronage, our stores are doing better than ever before. We’ve got lots of great information to share with you, and we hope to use these newsletters as a way to:

  • Introduce you to new products.
  • Let you know what’s happening in and around our stores.
  • Recommend places to go and things to see.
  • Offer you special discounts available only to our newsletter subscribers.

We look forward to sharing with you all the exciting things that are happening in our stores. Thanks to you, we’ve been in business for almost 12 years now, and we look forward to serving you and meeting all your outdoor equipment and clothing needs for years to come!

This just in…

Summer is almost here, and things are really heating up at Outdoor Trails. Come in today and check out our great selection of hiking and camping equipment as well as our extensive assortment of clothing and footwear. We’ve got everything to outfit you completely for your summer hiking and camping excursions!

Outdoor Trails is happy to announce that we now carry Rainbow sandals. Their classic leather flip-flops have been a durable summer staple since 1974. They’re comfortable and versatile, and they’ll last you for years! If you’re planning a trip to the beach this year, these are a must-have. We carry ladies’, men’s, and children’s sizes. Regular prices range from $22 (children’s) to $44 (adults), but you can use the coupon in this newsletter to get 15% off!

We’re also excited about our new line of Lafuma sleeping bags. Weighing as little as 1 lb. 4 oz., these ultra-light, ultra-compressible bags are a great value, starting at just $65. We carry 20 degree and 45 degree styles that are great for overnight trips and multi-day excursions. Come in and check them out today!

News & Events

Our Web address has changed! Our new address is, where you will find revised and expanded content, including more information about our stores and products as well as additional resources for hikers and campers. Be sure to bookmark our new address and visit us often—updates will be posted regularly.

It’s thru-hiker season at our Daleville store. A thru-hiker is someone who hikes all 2170 miles of the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The entire trip takes from four to six months. Northbounders (hikers who start their trek in Georgia and walk north) will be passing through our area through the beginning of July. In September, we’ll start to see the southbounders (hikers who start their trek in Maine and walk south). Convenient to shopping and restaurants, our Daleville store is a favorite pit-stop for thru-hikers. If you see any of these rugged-looking folks sprawled out on the sidewalk in front of the store, be sure to say hello and wish them luck on the rest of their journey—they have a long way to go!

As the weather heats up, the water is calling! Folks are starting to venture out on the James, New, and Maury rivers to enjoy canoeing and kayaking. Outdoor Trails has everything you need to enjoy some time out on the water. Our Lynchburg store has a great selection of canoes and kayaks for sale. Both stores also offer a variety of paddles, life vests, and other accessories. And did you know that both of our stores offer canoe rentals? Rental rates start at $50 per day and include the use of a canoe, paddles, and life jackets. Once the weather warms up, our rentals go fast, so make your reservation today! To check availability and reserve your canoe, e-mail us at

Get out there!

Think it’s too hot to hike? Think again! Have we got a great recommendation for you. Situated in the heart of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, the Apple Orchard Falls/Cornelius Creek loop is a great summertime hike. 

Take exit 168 off Interstate 81 at Arcadia. Turn right on route 614, and follow this road until you see a sign for North Creek Campground. Turn left here and follow the road all the way to the end. Be careful; the road gets a little bumpy towards the end. Park in the cul-de-sac, where you'll see the trailhead.  

About the Trail
After you park, take the trail to the left; this is Apple Orchard Falls Trail. You’ll follow the trail for about 2 miles until you reach the falls. There’s a large wooden bridge and platform by the falls where you can stop to enjoy the scenery and rest a bit. You’ll then continue on around and over the falls. This is where the trail gets a bit steep, but the forestry service has built wooden steps to make the climb a bit easier. After about a quarter of a mile, you’ll reach Apple Orchard Falls Road. Turn right here and follow the road for about a mile until you reach the Cornelius Creek Trail (watch for the wooden sign). Follow the trail along the creek for a little over two miles until you get back to the parking area. This last leg of the hike is the really fun part! The trail follows the creek, and there are plenty of places where you can walk down to the creek and wade in the pools. If you’re not brave enough to climb down into the creek, don’t worry. The trail intersects the creek in a couple of places, providing plenty of opportunity to cool off. 

What You’ll Need
To really enjoy the creek (and trust us—you’ll want to after hiking several miles in the heat of summer), you’ll want to wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. A synthetic T-shirt and shorts are a great option for men. For the ladies, try a tank top by The North Face or Mountain Hardwear along with a pair of synthetic shorts or capris. You can avoid soggy socks by opting for a pair of hiking sandals instead of traditional hiking boots or shoes. We carry a great selection of hiking sandals by Teva, Keen, and Chaco.

You may want to bring a towel and a change of clothes and shoes to leave in your car. If you get wet, you may want to dry off and change afterward (although, if it’s a hot day, you’ll probably be dry by the time you get back to your car). As with any day hike (especially one during the summer), you should take plenty of water and a snack for everyone in your group. Also make sure to bring sunscreen and insect repellent. 

Skill Level
Intermediate. There are portions of the trail that are fairly steep, but much of the trail is pretty flat. The terrain is fairly rocky and may not be suitable for very young children. At about 5.5 miles round-trip, this hike can be completed in a few hours if you maintain a moderate pace. But there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery, so beginners would probably enjoy this hike too, as long as they take it easy and stop to rest along the way.  

Summer Special

Who couldn’t use some new summer footwear or clothing? Whether it’s a classic pair of Teva flip-flops or something more substantial, like some Chaco sandals, we’ve got shoes to keep your feet cool and comfortable this summer. And if you need to stock up on shorts, t-shirts, or tank tops, Outdoor Trails is the place to go. Come in and check out our great selection of summer shoes and clothing, and let us help you find something that’s right for you. Bring in this coupon to get 15% off any one pair of regular-price flip-flops or sandals or your entire purchase of regular-price summer clothing!