Veach Gap Trail was not too strenuous, but enough of a hike to get good exercise, and had gorgeous views at the top. Even though there were many people visiting, there are a few viewpoint spots at the top, providing enough space for everyone to enjoy the view.
Our camping trip to Spruce Knob was enjoyable. There are many excellent camping spots next to the water source of Seneca Creek, making it an ideal destination for backpacking.
The Dolly Sods North loop is excellent both for a day hike or for a backpacking trip. The beauty of the sweeping scenery and boulderfield are memorable.
Our first backpacking trip was a success and we fell in love with the sweeping landscapes and mixed forests of Dolly Sods Wilderness. With it’s many camp spots next to rivers and beautiful variety of nature, this southern half of Dolly Sods Wilderness is a perfect place to go backpacking.
Shenandoah National Park is home to over 30 orchid species. Keep an eye out for these beauties in spring!
The terrain on this hike was mostly straightforward, with 2/3 or so being fire roads. The best part of the loop was Corbin Hollow Trail. It is an offshoot trail that is easy to miss in an area which most people (I expect) go to Old Rag, Robertson Mountain, or Nicholson Hollow, but it shouldn’t be missed, as it features some lovely wildflowers.
Lands Run Road is not the usual thin winding path through the woods that we enjoy the most. It’s wide, pebbled, and well-maintained. However, it is a pleasant and easy hike with a range of sights to take in – a waterfall, a stream, and many wildflowers.
Hickerson Hollow Trail is short and does not seem to be a well-traversed, popular trail, but we were able to enjoy seeing a fair variety of spring wildflowers there. Going downhill to start and then uphill on the way back made for some good exercise as well.