Hiking Remains Inviting at Alta Mons

Stiles Falls, named for a Confederate soldier.

Camp Alta Mons in Montgomery is one of the region’s easy, beautiful hikes that welcomes families. It is a church-owned residential camp in the summer (my grandgirl has gone there for several years), but it is closed for camp this year for obvious reasons.

The church, however, in its generosity has kept the hiking trails open for the public, a generous effort that I appreciate.

I hiked up to Stiles Falls (named for a former Confederate soldier who was killed showing off to friends, falling off the falls) yesterday and it was just as lovely as always and considerably easier than I remembered.

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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.

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