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 […]

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 3

Continued from Part 2 After walking for 1 mile along Keyser Run Fire Road, you reach Skyline Drive. There are two options for views, and likely time to do both. (1) Little Hogback Mountain Overlook on the Appalachian Trail Cross Skyline Drive, turn left, and walk for about 10-15 minutes along the AT (2) Mount Marshall […]

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 […]