George Washington National Forest: Signal Knob Part 2

Continued from Part 1 After Fort Valley Overlook, you keep going another 1.2 miles until you reach a fork in the road. If you want to go for a slightly shorter hike, you can turn left at this point onto the Makeaka Peak Trail. However, for the longer loop, you continue along the Massanutten National Recreation […]

George Washington National Forest: Signal Knob Part 1

Just across the valley from Shenandoah National Park is George Washington National Forest, which also features many beautiful hikes and mountain vistas. We had been to Signal Knob last November, but it has been cold and rainy, so we couldn’t see any of the views and we hiked the shorter loop. On October 9 we went […]

Shenandoah National Park: Cedar Run – White Oak Canyon Loop Trail Part 1

In early October my husband and I went on a 7.9-mile hike that features some of the best (and definitely the most plentiful) waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park: Cedar Run – White Oak Canyon Loop Trail. The week before, the area had received rain every day and we new it would be a great opportunity to see […]

Shenandoah National Park: Little Devils Stairs & Overlook Loop Trail Part 4

Continued from Part 3 Continuing along Keyser Run Fire Road we saw some more sights. Calico Aster Calico Aster, or Aster lateriflorus, is a member of the Aster family (Asteraceae) and blooms August to October. A native wildflower, it grows throughout eastern and central North America. It favors fields and thickets. The name comes from […]