Winter 2009 Newsletter

Have you missed us? We know, we haven’t sent out a newsletter in a while. But it’s back, and we appreciate your continued interest in what’s happening at Outdoor Trails!

Christmas is right around the corner, and holiday shopping season is in full swing. Skip the malls this year, and instead come to Outdoor Trails for everything you need! Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff will help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And don’t forget to pick up a little something for yourself while you’re at it. To get you started with your holiday shopping, we’re having an After-Thanksgiving Storewide Sale! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (11/27 – 11/29). Receive 10% off all regularly priced items and an additional 10% off all items already on sale.

This just in…

This is one of the best times of year to shop at Outdoor Trails. Not only do we have everything you need to fully outfit you for all your cold-weather activities but we also have a great selection of gifts for everyone on your list!

For the outdoor enthusiast on your list, come check out our new line of Mountain KhahisTM. They’re rugged and durable, yet lightweight and comfortable, perfect for any outdoor adventure or just hanging out around town. “Built for the Mountain LifeTM,” these pants are sure to become some of your favorites!

We recently started carrying Patagonia® clothing and outerwear in both our Daleville and Lynchburg stores, and it has been very popular. This year’s styles are some of the best yet and are sure to please even the pickiest person on your gift list. Check out the men’s ultralight, synthetic Nano PuffTM Pullover. It’s as warm as a heavy fleece but packs down to the size of a softball. For the ladies, take a look at the luxurious Down Sweater. It’s a windproof, ultralight jacket that’s surprisingly warm and looks great. We also have a great selection of casualwear for both men and women as well as the famous Capilene® thermal underwear.

For that hard-to-please person on your list who seems to have everything, consider a pair of Acorn slippers, which range in price from $32 to $99. The Rangely Moc for men and Oh Ewe II for women are great choices that will keep that special someone feeling pampered all winter long. And it’s true what your mother always said. If your feet are warm, the rest of you is warm. So get a pair of slippers for the whole family and turn your thermostat down a few degrees this winter. It’s a great way to save on energy costs AND help the environment. 

And don’t forget to check out new designs just in from Life is Good, one of today’s hottest lines of feel-good, novelty casualwear and accessories. We have a great selection of T-shirts, hats, and other accessories. Especially popular are the Sleep Tees, lounge pants, and Snuggle socks. Averaging about $25 a piece, Life is Good items make great stocking stuffers and are sure to please nearly everyone on your gift list.

And if you come in to either of our stores and can’t find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of our sales staff for assistance. We’d be glad to see if we have what you need at our other location, and if we don’t, we can order it for you. Special orders must be placed by December 14th to guarantee Christmas delivery. We understand that everyone on your gift list is special, and we take great pride in helping you find the perfect gift for each and every one of them. We thank for you allowing Outdoor Trails to be a part of your Christmas celebration!

News & Events

If you frequent our Daleville store, you may have noticed that some familiar faces are missing. Mark and Sydney no longer work in the store full time. Mark has moved on to a career in sports medicine (finally putting that college education to good use) but will continue to be involved in the business side of Outdoor Trails. Doug Stanfill, longtime assistant manager, has been promoted to store manager and will do his best to fill Mark’s shoes. The next time you’re in the store, please extend your congratulations to Doug (and call Mark if he’s slacking off!).

Mark would like to thank all of you for making the last eight years so memorable and rewarding. He has really enjoyed getting to know all of you and living vicariously through your adventures. He is grateful for your loyal patronage and for everything you’ve done to make Outdoor Trails a great success. He’ll still be in the store from time to time and looks forward to seeing you out on the trails!


Special Holiday Hours

To help you with all of your holiday shopping needs, Outdoor Trails is extending its hours during the months of November and December. Staring 11/27/09 (the day after Thanksgiving) and running through 12/23/09, our holiday hours will be:

Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Also, please note the following changes to our normal hours:

11/26/09 (Thanksgiving): Closed
12/24/09 (Christmas Eve): 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
12/25/09 (Christmas): Closed
12/31/09 (New Year’s Eve): 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
1/1/10 (New Year’s Day): Closed

And be sure to come check out our After-Thanksgiving Storewide Sale, with everything in the store at least 10% off Friday-Sunday, 11/27 – 11/29. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get started on your holiday shopping while the selection is still good. Please note that all holiday gift returns and exchanges must be made by January 30.

Get Out There!

We are requesting submissions for the “Get Out There” portion of our newsletter. If you’ve been somewhere great that you want to share with everyone, please provide a description using the general format below, and send it along with several pictures to If we select your submission to be included in one of our newsletters, you will receive a $25 gift certificate to Outdoor Trails. Good luck, and thanks for sharing!

Mill Mountain Star Trail

Submitted by: Mark, Brenda, and Gavin Futrell

A few years ago, we started a Futrell family tradition: on Thanksgiving morning, we hike from our house in Old Southwest Roanoke to the Mill Mountain Star. It’s a great way to spend some quality time together, and it gives us a chance to get a little exercise before we start stuffing our faces!

We’ve come to enjoy this tradition so much that we wanted to share it with you in the hopes that your family might also make it, or something similar, part of your holiday celebrations. We’re so fortunate to live in an area where outdoor recreation is so accessible. For our family, it’s practically in our back yard. But for anyone who lives in the Roanoke or Lynchburg area, there are opportunities to explore the outdoors everywhere you look. So this holiday season, take a break from the hustle and bustle and traffic and shopping and stress and GET OUT THERE to appreciate the outdoor amenities that surround us. And be thankful for the opportunity to enjoy them with your family and friends!

This particular hike is great for this time of year for a few reasons. It’s an easy hike that can be done in just about any weather. It’s kid- and pet-friendly, so it’s a great way to get the whole family out there. And it’s convenient; you don’t have to drive out to the middle of nowhere and take tons of supplies.


There are several ways to get to the Mill Mountain Star. Here’s our route:

From Washington Ave. SW, turn right onto Franklin Rd. Turn left onto Walnut Ave. Follow Walnut Ave. over the bridge and up the hill. Turn right onto Sylvan Rd. From here, just follow the road up to the star. Eventually you’ll see signs like “End State Maintenance” and “Road Closed to Through Traffic.” Just keep going—foot and bike traffic are allowed. The road will wind back and forth past several large homes. Avoid the private driveways, and follow the road itself. After about 1.5 miles, you’ll reach a clearing, where the path will narrow and curve around to the left—you’ve arrived at the Mill Mountain Star!

About the Trail

Our route is roughly 5 miles round trip and two hours worth of walking. When determining how much time to allow for this hike, be sure to factor in how long you plan to hang out at the top. In addition to the Mill Mountain Star itself, when you reach the top, you’ll find picnic tables, new restroom facilities, an adorable little playground, additional hiking trails, and the Mill Mountain Zoo. So be sure to allow plenty of time to explore, relax, and enjoy!

What You’ll Need

Because this hike isn’t especially long or strenuous, you really don’t need much. As with any hike, you’ll want to make sure that you dress appropriately for the weather. Because there isn’t a significant altitude change during this hike, whatever feels comfortable at the bottom should also be comfortable at the top. You’ll want to dress in several layers just to be safe. Comfortable shoes are a must! And make sure that you bring plenty of water as well as a snack to enjoy when you’ve reached the top. Most importantly, don’t forget your camera! You’ll want to be able to capture the memory of this time with your family and friends!

Skill Level

This hike should be manageable by anyone in good physical shape. With paved sidewalks and roads the whole way, the skill level is easy. And while the incline is gradual, it’s constant, which can be physically challenging. If you’re traveling with a large group or with children, just take it slow and stop for breaks as needed.