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.
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.
The Virginia Bluebells bloom at Bull Run Regional Park in early April. It’s an enjoyable short walk through the woods and a great way to see these charming blue wildflowers at their finest.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from these new trails, but I was proved wrong! I think no matter where you go in Shenandoah National Park there is always lovely nature to observe and history to learn about.
The hike along Graves Mill Trail and Rapidan River is easy and pleasant, following a beautiful river. There is a variety of nature and wildflowers to enjoy along the way.
As with every time we’ve been to Snead Farm Loop, I was thoroughly pleased with the variety of wildflowers and other nature that we saw on the trail. It’s a great place to come if you want to observe a lot of different aspects of Shenandoah National Park in a relatively short period of time.
This 6.6-mile moderate hike is within driving distance of Washington, DC. The broad smooth sides of Trout Run Valley and expansive air in-between make for an impressive view at the summit of Halfmoon Mountain.
At just over 9 miles, this loop hike is both a good workout and a great place to see the beauties of nature – both small and large! It is definitely one of my favorite hikes in George Washington National Forest.