Shenandoah National Park: Snead Farm Loop Part 3

Continued from Part 2 At the intersection with Dickey Ridge Trail there were a bunch of little flowers ranging in color from white to dark purple. Round-lobed Hepatica Round-lobed Hepatica, or Anemone americana /Hepatica nobilis, is a member of the Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae) and blooms March to June in dry rocky woods. It is a […]

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 […]

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 […]

George Washington National Forest: Signal Knob Part 1

Just across the valley from Shenandoah National Park is George Washington National Forest, which also features many beautiful hikes and mountain vistas. We had been to Signal Knob last November, but it has been cold and rainy, so we couldn’t see any of the views and we hiked the shorter loop. On October 9 we went […]

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 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 […]