Dolly Sods Wilderness: Lions Head Loop Day 1 – Part 1

Since my husband and I started hiking over two years ago, we’ve been to almost every trail in Shenandoah National Park within driving distance. We wanted to branch out and see something new, so we decided to go to Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia, about a three-hour drive from DC. We’ve also been interested […]

Shenandoah National Park: Graves Mill Trail – Rapidan River Shuttle Part 1

Many wildflowers were blooming along the trail we went to last weekend. We did a shuttle hike along Graves Mill Trail and Rapidan River Road, back and forth totaling 7 miles. You start from the Graves Mill parking lot, the same place you start when going to Bear Church Rock, but instead of turning up […]

George Washington National Forest: Halfmoon Mountain

Halfmoon Mountain in West Virginia may sound like it’s far away from Washington, DC, but it’s not. The distance is comparable to many trailhead locations you can drive to in Shenandoah National Park – about 2 hours. This hike was quite enjoyable a pleasant surprise for me and my husband, as we usually stick to Shenandoah […]

George Washington National Forest: Kennedy Peak Part 1

Back in October, we went to Kennedy Peak in George Washington National Forest. It was our second time doing the hike, and we enjoyed it just as much as the first time! Although it is 9.2 miles, the terrain is not very difficult and it features a great summit view, with a shelter/viewing platform at […]

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 – Signal Knob Part 4

Continued from Part 3 From the turnoff point onto Tuscarora Trail, you have 4.9 miles to go to reach the parking lot. Violet Wood Sorrel Violet Wood Sorrel, or Oxalis violacea, is a member of the Wood Sorrel family (Oxalidaceae). Normally it blooms April to June, but it often blooms again in autumn. A native wildflower, […]

Shenandoah National Park: Buck Ridge-Mary’s Rock-Buck Hollow Loop Part 1

This weekend we went hiking on one of our favorite loop trails in Shenandoah National Park. The loop is 9.4 miles. We have done this hike three times – last August, in February, and now in September. The hike starts from the Buck Ridge Trailhead parking lot just outside Sperryville, VA. You walk down a connector […]