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, […]

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 2

Continued from Part 1 The Kennedy Peak loop trail features a couple great views. Going around counter-clockwise as we did, our first view was from the Kennedy Peak Trailhead, just off US675. Here you can see Shenandoah Valley and the mountains of Shenandoah National Park on the other side. The ridge trail up to the peak is […]

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 […]