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 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 […]

2016: A Year of Hiking and Wildflower Photography in Review

Hiking In 2016 my husband and I went on 37 hikes in Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest combined. Our plan is to go hiking once every week. We like to go on Saturdays so that we can recover on Sunday before going to work on Monday. Trails After all of our hiking […]

Shenandoah National Park: Cedar Run – White Oak Canyon Loop Trail Part 1

In early October my husband and I went on a 7.9-mile hike that features some of the best (and definitely the most plentiful) waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park: Cedar Run – White Oak Canyon Loop Trail. The week before, the area had received rain every day and we new it would be a great opportunity to see […]

Shenandoah National Park: Little Devils Stairs & Overlook Loop Trail Part 4

Continued from Part 3 Continuing along Keyser Run Fire Road we saw some more sights. Calico Aster Calico Aster, or Aster lateriflorus, is a member of the Aster family (Asteraceae) and blooms August to October. A native wildflower, it grows throughout eastern and central North America. It favors fields and thickets. The name comes from […]

Shenandoah National Park: Little Devils Stairs & Overlook Loop Trail Part 1

This weekend my husband and I hiked one of our favorite loop trails in Shenandoah National Park: Little Devil Stairs. The loop itself is 6 miles long, but if you include side trips to Mount Marshall Overlook on Skyline Drive as well as Little Hogback Overlook on the AT (as we did), it adds up to […]