Shenandoah National Park: Tuscarora Overall Run – Heiskell Hollow Trail Loop

This weekend we hiked a 13-mile loop starting at the bottom of the valley at the parking area near Thompson Hollow Trail.  The parking area is not at the beginning of Thompson Hollow Trail, but a 5-minute walk away down a dirt road. Along this road, there are several pretty wildflowers at this time of year […]

Shenandoah National Park: South Dickey Ridge Trail & Snead Farm Loop Part 2

Continued from Part 1   Scarlet Pimpernel Scarlet Pimpernel, Poor Man’s Weatherglass, or Anagallis arvensis, is a member of the Primrose family (Primulaceae) and blooms June to August. Naturalized from Europe, it grows around much of North America. This little beauty favors sandy soil and roadsides. We found quite a few of these along the […]

Shenandoah National Park: Hawksbill Mountain & Franklin Cliffs Loop Trail

On Saturday we went hiking a 9.2-mile loop starting from the Hawksbill Gap parking lot, wrapping around on the AT and the Big Meadows Horse Trail. Hawksbill Mountain is a great place to find all sorts of wildflowers. We anticipated high foot traffic at the Hawksbill summit, as it is the highest mountain in Shenandoah National Park at 4,050 […]