Hone Quarry - Dayton, Virginia

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Hone Quarry

Our trip to Hone Quarry was spurred on by a three-day weekend, a desire to stick relatively close to home, and the need to get out in nature. I tweeted my favorite travel guru who just happens to be based in Richmond: Becky of The Girl and Globe for some kind of remote, but still close and awesome spots. We ended up picking something a little closer to home and thanks to having been to Elizabeth Furnace in the George Washington National Forest before, honed our search on this general area.

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We ended up outside of Dayton, Virginia (JMU area for you Bulldog fans) in Hone Quarry Campground – a relatively primitive site (no running water/cell service) but a luxurious feel thanks to car camping and a real live pit toilet. The site was $5/night and while we prefer free camping (who doesn’t?) it was a fine price to pay for a weekend of relaxing. There's also wood a plenty that you can scavenge (please, never, ever cut down living trees!) for fires, saving you a few bucks. 

 View from Lover's Leap Overlook

View from Lover's Leap Overlook

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Our hopes were set on mountain biking and climbing (which we haven’t done since January) but those were quickly dashed when the guide book promised a short 15-minute walk to the crag… and we had walked 30 and still no crag. Either way, we enjoyed the stunning views and the last few days of fall.

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There’s plenty to do in this area and we will be back to explore Hidden Rocks – another climbing spot the book swears is there. But if it’s not, at least we’ll get a good hike in.