George Washington National Forest: Buzzard Rock Part 4

Continued from Part 3 In addition to all the Asters and Goldenrods, we also saw a few of these white puffy wildflowers. Late-flowering Boneset 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 […]

George Washington National Forest: Buzzard Rock Part 3

Continued from Part 2 We encountered this Aster flower along the trail. I’ve searched for hours on the internet and in books trying to identify it, but to no avail. The detailed wildflower book that I use for reference, National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers: Eastern Region, identifies 18 types of Aster and has pictures […]

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 […]