After arriving at noon, I was able to take in 2 very nice hikes. Started off with Snead Farm Dickey Ridge loop, 3.6 miles. Should have been easy, like it was rated, but I was surprised to find myself huffing after a short distance. I realized we were at an elevation of 2,400’, not what I’m used to, so I just took my time and remembered it’s not a race! There was hardly anyone else on this trail, which was a great way to enjoy the park and the many views. Lunch had a wonderful view which I have not done justice with this quick sketch. Sorry!
Stopped for a quick sketch of these bloodroot flowers, coming out to welcome me! The half opened leaf wrapped around the stem will open fully soon.
Got in a second shorter hike, Fox Hollow, which included a cemetery and a pink feather. (cardinal maybe?)
The second day, I got out early and beat the crowd to Mary’s Rock. This hike includes a portion of the Appalachian Trail, so I was happy to get this pic of an AT trail marker with the appropriate headgear. 😉
Sat down at the top and did a few sketches.
Also got a second shorter hike in after lunch at Skyland (where I stayed) to Stony Man. This trail was the most crowded and I used the horse trail (no horses on it yet) to go back down, which avoided most of the people. What can I say? I appreciate the solitude of hiking.
My last scheduled day, Wednesday, was going to rain ALL day, so I checked out early, and caught the view from a few overlooks along my way out, even got another quick sketch in. Will have to add color later!
I definitely would love to return here and complete some more of the 28 (!) hikes I saved! Thank you Shenandoah! 💕