The Limberlost Trail | Old Dominion Wildlife

The Limberlost Trail

July 6, 2013

We’ve driven right past the Limberlost Trail many times over the years. When we visited Shenandoah National Park, we always had bigger trails in mind than this little 1.3 mile loop right off Skyline Drive.

Now that we have a one-year-old and a three-year-old, however, it seemed like the perfect time to hike this popular trail in Shenandoah National Park.

The Limberlost Trail

The Limberlost Trail is a packed greenstone surface with gentle grades, making it a wheelchair‑accessible and stroller-friendly trail. There are numerous benches along the way for rest stops.

Hiking was slow as our three-year-old enjoyed stopping, exploring, and looking at just about everything. She made it most of the way around before hitching a ride on our stroller for the last stretch.

Gretchen on the Limberlost Trail

Gretchen on the Limberlost Trail

Gretchen with a Hiking Stick

Gretchen with a Hiking Stick

Cara in Her Stroller

Cara in Her Stroller

Gretchen on a Bridge

Gretchen on a Bridge

Geology

The area was once home to old-growth hemlock trees, but they unfortunately have been killed by an invasive insect known as the wooly adelgid. Fortunately, the trail still has much to offer including this interesting columnar basalt formation.

Columnar Basalt along Limberlost Trail

Columnar Basalt along Limberlost Trail

Wildlife

Near the end of our hike, we saw a doe with a fawn in the woods.

Fawn and Doe in the Woods

Fawn and Doe in the Woods

We had hoped to see an impressive mountain laurel display but when we hiked the trail on June 28th, the mountain laurel was past peak. However, we still saw some nice blossoms and wildflowers including:

Mountain Laurel along Limberlost Trail

Mountain Laurel along Limberlost Trail

Columbine along Limberlost Trail

Columbine along Limberlost Trail

We also saw some neat mushrooms.

Directions

The Limberlost Trail is on the east side of Skyline Drive located near Mile Post 43.

I have a feeling we’ll be definitely be back to this little gem in Shenandoah National Park.

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