You may have noticed that uploads to this website have stalled for a while. Back on October 16 my mother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack. It’s been a difficult time for us all.
Shenandoah National Park’s Summer Orchids In Shenandoah National Park there are different orchids that bloom in the summer months than those from the spring. It’s always a joy to find these lovely flowers growing in the woods! Greater Purple Fringed Orchid The Greater Purple Fringed Orchid, Large Purple Fringed Orchid, …
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.
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.
Old Rag is a classic Shenandoah National Park hike. It can be challenging for beginner hikers, but the effort put in is well worth it. The views are unparalleled in the park and any hike there is bound to be a memorable one.