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: Buck Ridge-Mary’s Rock-Buck Hollow Loop Part 2

Continued from Part 1 Along Buck Ridge Trail, which is 2.6 miles long, we encountered several wildflowers. Starry Campion Starry Campion, or Silene stellata, is a member of the Carnation family (Caryophyllaceae) and blooms June to September. It favors open woods. A native plant, it grows in central and eastern North America. This wildflower is […]

Shenandoah National Park: Upper White Oak Canyon Trail & Appalachian Trail Loop Part 2

Continued from Part 1 We then turned right onto Whiteoak Fire Road. This path looks about the same twisting and turning uphill for a while. We’ve been to it multiple times because it is such a useful connector trail. Every time we’ve been on this path it has rained. Our luck remained! It did drizzle […]

Shenandoah National Park: Upper White Oak Canyon Trail & Appalachian Trail Loop Part 1

Since we are running out of new trails to go to in Shenandoah National Park, this week we plotted a course that is not recorded in any books/ on any websites. We did a 10-mile loop starting at Skyland Resort’s parking lot, crossing Skyline Drive to the White Oak Falls trailhead parking lot, going down the Upper […]

Shenandoah National Park: Hawksbill Mountain & Franklin Cliffs Loop Trail

On Saturday we went hiking a 9.2-mile loop starting from the Hawksbill Gap parking lot, wrapping around on the AT and the Big Meadows Horse Trail. Hawksbill Mountain is a great place to find all sorts of wildflowers. We anticipated high foot traffic at the Hawksbill summit, as it is the highest mountain in Shenandoah National Park at 4,050 […]