Shenandoah NP, VA

It’s probably the park with the most pullouts with fantastic views. It’s long and narrow and it’s part of the same range of mountains as the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. While the spring is well under way at ground level, it hasn’t quite reached the top of the mountain range. Maybe that’s why the crowds were not there yet, which made hiking very peaceful.

trees

trees

Early spring

Early spring

beginning of wildflower season

beginning of wildflower season

– Browns Gap hike from Jones Run parking lot (~6.5 mi). It follows the famous Appalachian Trail for about a mile. You’ll see 3 waterfalls: upper and lower Doyles River Falls and Jones Run Falls.

Browns Gap hike. The AT is marked with white paint along the trail.

Browns Gap hike. The AT is marked with white paint along the trail.

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Browns Gap hike.  Gotta cross the river a couple of times

Browns Gap hike. Gotta cross the river a couple of times

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– Little Stony Man trail to the viewpoint over Page valley (~1 mi).

View of Page valley from Little Stony Man trail

View of Page valley from Little Stony Man trail

– Limberlost trail (~1.5 mi). They say that the chances of encountering deer is high on this trail. Obviously, we didn’t see anything.

Limberlost trail

Limberlost trail

Limberlost trail

Limberlost trail

The magic happens in the evening when most of the people hurry home. The bears and deer come out to snack on grass, although the deer seem to love to hang out on the paved roads for some reason.

why  do they like hanging out by the road?

why do they like hanging out by the road?

a little black bear munching on grass

a little black bear munching on grass

The light of the setting sun is so yummy.

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golden hour

golden hour

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  1. These are stunning! I love the pictures of the red rosebud trees (purple-ish trees); they grew everywhere in Virginia and bring back all the good memories of living in Alexandria :)

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