Dolly Sods Wilderness: Dolly Sods North Loop Day 2 – Part 2

Continued from Day 2 Part 1 Hiking along, we passed through some forests, but most of Dobbin Glade Trail is flat or hilly meadows with marshes. This environment means there is plenty of sun for wildflowers! In this meadow you can see lots of Goldenrod and Flat-topped White Asters. At one point we passed through […]

Dolly Sods Wilderness: Dolly Sods North Loop Day 1 – Part 2

Continued from Part 1 There was much more nature to enjoy along the Dolly Sods North loop. About a mile in, there was a lovely field filled with different kinds of Goldenrod wildflowers. Tall Goldenrod Tall Goldenrod, or Solidago altissima, is a member of the Aster family (Asteraceae) and blooms in thickets and clearings August […]

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 […]

Shenandoah National Park: Little Devils Stairs & Overlook Loop Trail Part 2

Continued from Part 1 After hiking 2 miles along Little Devils Stairs Trail, you reach a crossroads with Keyser Run Fire Road. If you just want to do the 6-mile loop, you turn left. If you want to see mountain vistas, you turn right to shuttle back and forth to the viewpoints. Keyser Run Fire Road going toward […]

Shenandoah National Park: Buck Ridge-Mary’s Rock-Buck Hollow Loop Part 2

Continued from Part 1 Along Buck Ridge Trail, which is 2.6 miles long, we encountered several wildflowers. Starry Campion Starry Campion, or Silene stellata, is a member of the Carnation family (Caryophyllaceae) and blooms June to September. It favors open woods. A native plant, it grows in central and eastern North America. This wildflower is […]

Shenandoah National Park: Bear Church Rock Part 2

Continued from Part 1 We then turned left up Jones Mountain Trail and climbed a steep incline for 0.5 miles. Crane-fly Orchid The Crane-fly Orchid, or Tipularia discolor, is a member of the Orchid family (Orchidaceae) and blooms June to September. It is the only species of the genus Tipularia found in North America. It is found […]