Shenandoah National Park: Tuscarora Overall Run & Beecher Ridge Loop Part 2

Continued from Part 1 We ambled down Overall Run Trail and turned left onto the Beecher/Overall Connecting Trail. The connector goes on for 1.4 miles until you reach the Beecher Ridge trailhead. Beecher Ridge Trail itself is not that special. The Heiskell Hollow Trail loop option is far more interesting (but also 3 miles longer). Beecher […]

Shenandoah National Park: Tuscarora Overall Run & Beecher Ridge Loop Part 1

This week we went on a loop trail of about 10 miles. Starting at the same parking lot as when we went on the Tuscarora Overall Run – Heiskell Hollow Trail Loop, we went the same way around – turning right onto Overall Run Trail, then left onto a connector, and then up Beecher Ridge Trail. We […]

Shenandoah National Park: Upper White Oak Canyon Trail & Appalachian Trail Loop Part 2

Continued from Part 1 We then turned right onto Whiteoak Fire Road. This path looks about the same twisting and turning uphill for a while. We’ve been to it multiple times because it is such a useful connector trail. Every time we’ve been on this path it has rained. Our luck remained! It did drizzle […]

Shenandoah National Park: Upper White Oak Canyon Trail & Appalachian Trail Loop Part 1

Since we are running out of new trails to go to in Shenandoah National Park, this week we plotted a course that is not recorded in any books/ on any websites. We did a 10-mile loop starting at Skyland Resort’s parking lot, crossing Skyline Drive to the White Oak Falls trailhead parking lot, going down the Upper […]

Shenandoah National Park: Bear Church Rock Part 2

Continued from Part 1 We then turned left up Jones Mountain Trail and climbed a steep incline for 0.5 miles. Crane-fly Orchid The Crane-fly Orchid, or Tipularia discolor, is a member of the Orchid family (Orchidaceae) and blooms June to September. It is the only species of the genus Tipularia found in North America. It is found […]

Shenandoah National Park: Bear Church Rock Part 1

This weekend we went hiking to Bear Church Rock in Shenandoah National Park’s Central District. It is a shuttle trail, and including a detour to Jones Mountain Cabin, was 11 miles. The trail starts at Graves Mill parking lot and follows Graves Mill Trail alongside Rapidan River for 0.5 miles. You then turn left onto Staunton River […]

Shenandoah National Park: Nicholson Hollow Trail Part 3

Continued from Part 2 The hike was a steady uphill, with an ascent of 4,600ft (measuring how much we climbed up and down), and the total climb starting at 800ft at the bottom, reaching 2,000ft at Corbin Cabin. Downy Rattlesnake Plantain Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid, or Goodyera bubescens, is a member of the […]

Shenandoah National Park: Nicholson Hollow Trail Part 2

Continued from Part 1 I found these lovely flowers by the roadside to the Nicholson Hollow trail-head as well: Horse Nettle Horse Nettle, or Solanum carolinense, is a member of the Nightshade family (Solanaceae) and blooms May to October. A native plant, it grows throughout North America. Although it is considered a weed by some, […]