Stokes State Forest: Stony Lake to Sunrise Mountain Loop

The Best Day Hike Loop in Stokes State Forest Last weekend we took a drive to Stokes State Forest in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area of New Jersey. It’s close to the border with Pennsylvania. Among the several trails and loops that were available, we picked out the Stony Lake to Sunrise Mountain […]

Dolly Sods Wilderness: Dolly Sods North Loop Day 2 – Part 3

Continued from Day 2 Part 2 Going up the hill, the grassy meadows stretched far, dotted with spruce and other trees. The sky was overcast for most of the day and the temperature was perfect for hiking. The cloudy sky was deceptive, though, and we skipped putting on sunscreen in the morning. The result later […]

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 […]

Shenandoah National Park: Hull School Trail – Thornton River Lower Trail Shuttle

In our attempt to go to all the trails available in Shenandoah National Park within 2-hour driving distance, we did a nearly 8-mile shuttle hike down Hull School Trail and Thornton River Lower Trail and back up to Skyline Drive. You start at the parking lot just beyond Beahms Gap. The trail itself is somewhat […]

Shenandoah National Park: Graves Mill Trail – Rapidan River Shuttle Part 3

Continued from Part 2 My husband and I made slow progress along the trail, snapping pictures often. Thanks to our new tripod, he can take more stable long exposure photos of rivers and waterfalls. Rapidan River Rapidan River is a very popular location for fly fishing. We saw many people out and about fishing on this […]

Shenandoah National Park: Graves Mill Trail – Rapidan River Shuttle Part 2

Continued from Part 1 After taking quite some time snapping pictures of wildflowers in the parking lot and near the beginning of the trail, we started heading along the path through the forest. At the post half a mile in, we kept going along Graves Mill Trail. We saw some of these little yellow violets, […]