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: Nicholson Hollow Trail Part 3

Continued from Part 2 The hike was a steady uphill, with an ascent of 4,600ft (measuring how much we climbed up and down), and the total climb starting at 800ft at the bottom, reaching 2,000ft at Corbin Cabin. Downy Rattlesnake Plantain Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid, or Goodyera bubescens, is a member of the […]

Shenandoah National Park: Nicholson Hollow Trail Part 2

Continued from Part 1 I found these lovely flowers by the roadside to the Nicholson Hollow trail-head as well: Horse Nettle Horse Nettle, or Solanum carolinense, is a member of the Nightshade family (Solanaceae) and blooms May to October. A native plant, it grows throughout North America. Although it is considered a weed by some, […]