Trails

Norfolk and Western Class J #611

June 25, 2015
Norfolk and Western Class J #611

On June 6th, 2015 a friend and I went to the Appalachian Trail railroad crossing in Linden to watch the Norfolk and Western Class J #611 steam locomotive pull an excursion train up Linden Hill. The Norfolk Southern B-line crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains at Manassas Gap in Linden. Photos of N&W Class J #611…

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Virginia Bluebells

April 26, 2015
Virginia Bluebells

Growing Bluebells The bluebells bloomed a little later than usual this year. I took this first picture earlier this week in our yard where my dad started a small colony. Bluebells aren’t too hard to get established in a somewhat wet location. Shenandoah River Bluebells Today, we took the girls to the Eastham Park Trail…

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Northern Fauquier Community Park Trail

March 21, 2015
Northern Fauquier Community Park Trail

We’ve been going to the Northern Fauquier Community Park just east of Marshall, Virginia a lot lately. The park has playgrounds and a nice paved bike/jogging trail. The Trail The trail circuit is 1.54 miles long. I usually start near the Oak Glen Shelter so my wife and I can take turns running while our…

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Great Blue Heron

August 20, 2014
Great Blue Heron

Last weekend, we went to Northern Fauquier Community Park, which has playgrounds and a paved trail. We saw a great blue heron in one of the fields.

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Happy Creek Trail Extended

July 18, 2014
Happy Creek Trail Extended

Front Royal extended another one of its trails recently. The Happy Creek Trail has been extended south of Rte 55 to Criser Road. The trail now connects Main Street with Criser Road (approximately 0.9 miles one way). North of Rte 55, there is also a new section along the bypass (Commerce Street/Rte 522) so that…

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Camping at Mathews Arm

June 29, 2014
View from Skyline Drive

Camping at Mathews Arm Our four-year-old had been wanting to go camping, so we took the family to Mathews Arm Campground in Shenandoah National Park. They have 180 sites and they are pretty much on top of each other, but we wanted to go to a nearby place with a real bathroom for our first…

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