“Penn Compare”: Falls Ridge

June 29, 2010 at 10:41 am 2 comments

One of my favorite hiking buddies is my friend’s son, Penn. He has been accompanying me on outings for six years now! Penn and his family now live about 11 hours from me, but we got to have a little hiking reunion this past weekend.

We chose to hike to the Nature Conservancy’s Falls Ridge Preserve near Blacksburg, Virginia. Penn had been there twice before. In fact, I had pictures documenting his previous visits. So it is with great pleasure I get share young Penn in front of the same waterfall on three seperate occassions— Age 2, Age 5 and now Age 8.

Two year old Penn at Falls – June 2004

Five year old Penn at Falls – May 2007

Falls Ridge - Penn at Age 8
Eight year old Penn at Falls – June 2010

The falls look pretty much the same, but Penn has definitely grown!

Falls Ridge Preserve

Length: You can make it as long or as short as you want

Elevation Gain: Flat, except for a hill to the top of the falls.

Driving and Parking: The final approach to the preserve is a flat gravel road. There is plenty of parking.

Directions from Blacksburg, VA
From Main Street, turn on Ellett Road.
Turn left on Jennelle Road and cross over railroad tracks
Turn right on Den Hill Road
Turn left on Northfork
Turn right on Falls Ridge Rd.
Turn left immediately after the railroad tracks and follow the gravel road to the preserve.

Entry filed under: Falls Ridge, Hiking, Penn, Season Compare, Waterfall.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kitty  |  July 30, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Awesome! I will have to remember to take pictures like this of Maddie on some of our favorite hikes! Also, Penn… what a great name! Is it short for something? Definitely going in the list of possibilities in case there’s a little Wilkin boy in our future (no, I’m not preggo again… but we do want more. Just not yet :))

  • 2. Falls Ridge Preserve with Sagan, 14 Weeks « TGAW  |  October 20, 2011 at 1:01 am

    […] When I lived in Blacksburg, I used to take my friend’s son, Penn, out hiking. Over the years, I managed to get a picture of my young hiking buddy in the same spot at Falls Ridge at two years old, five years old and nine years old. […]


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