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

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, its white or pale lavender flowers are pretty.

Mimosa Tree

Mimosa Tree

The Mimosa Tree, Persian Silk Tree, or Albizia julibrissin, has such pretty flowers. The Persian name means “night sleeper,” and in Japan it is known as the “sleeping tree,” because the leaves fold up at night and during rainstorms. Native to Asia, it now grows throughout the U.S. Hummingbirds, butterflies, deer, birds and bees, all love Mimosa Trees.

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Finally, we got to the cement post marking the turn. Nicholson Hollow Trail must have existed in some form for over a hundred years, as there are a couple ruined stone houses along the path.

Nicholson Hollow Trail

At the start, we crossed Hughes River and Brokenback Run along some big rocks that were a bit slippery.

Nicholson Hollow Trail

The trail continued on through the forest, skirting Hughes River and sometimes crossing it. The entire time we were either next to the river or could hear the river rushing just out of sight. Along the way up to Corbin Cabin we saw a total of 5 camping spots.

White Mushroom

 

We also saw a wide variety of mushrooms and fungi along the trail – almost every color of the rainbow! Red, pink, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, and white.

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There were several wildflowers along the way as well.

Rattlesnake Weed

Rattlesnake Weed

Rattlesnake Weed, or Hieracium venosum, is a member of the Aster family (Asteraceae) and blooms May to September. Native to North America, they grow throughout eastern North America in dry open woods and clearings, but are most common in areas where rattlesnakes live.

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