In addition to all the Asters and Goldenrods, we also saw a few of these white puffy wildflowers.
Late-flowering Boneset, Late Boneset, or Eupatorium serotinum, is a member of the Aster family (Asteraceae) and blooms July to October. It is native to North America and can be found throughout eastern and central North America.
We also came upon this insect, which we also saw over at Signal Knob in George Washington National Forest. Perhaps they are common in autumn? Or maybe they just stand out more in the forest because everything else is withered and they can’t hide/camouflage as easily.
The Blatchley’s Walkingstick, Blatchley Walkingstick, or Manomera blatchleyi, is a type of Walking Stick, or stick insect. These insects can usually be found in bushes and on small trees. They can camouflage to hide from birds and other predators.
Up and down, up and down the path rolls along the ridge for 2 miles before you reach Buzzard Rock.
This is the view looking south from Buzzard Rock. There is a rock cliff edge where we saw someone doing rock climbing with pulleys and lines before. There wasn’t anyone climbing this time around.
The view looking down at the parkway going through George Washington National Forest.
This is a panorama of the neighboring mountains that are also part of George Washington National Forest. You can see the Signal Knob loop trail from here. It’s always fun to view the places we’ve hiked from another mountain and picturing where the trails must be, based on the maps and our experience.