Monthly Archives: November 2016

Appalachian Trail to Compton Peak (Shenandoah National Park, VA)

From the northern entrance of Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, it takes more than 10 miles to clear Dickey Ridge and reach the “real” mountains of the Blue Ridge by car. 2,909-foot Compton Peak, situated 10.4 miles up Skyline Drive, is … Continue reading

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Bay View Trail (Mason Neck State Park, VA)

Like most marshy environments, the defining feature of the Mason Neck peninsula is, of course, the water that surrounds it. Despite being well upstream of the ocean, the Potomac River at Mason Neck still ebbs and flows with the Atlantic … Continue reading

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Dogue Trail & Meadow View Trail (Mason Neck State Park, VA)

The Meadow View Trail in northern Virginia’s Mason Neck State Park features an excessive string of bridges to nowhere, monotonous woods, and a less-than-exciting finale: an overgrown patch of tall grasses that supposedly passes as a “meadow.” That said, it … Continue reading

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Kane’s Creek Trail & Eagle Spur Trail (Mason Neck State Park, VA)

Today, Kane’s Creek is a quiet and peaceful estuary in Virginia’s Fairfax County that provides a habitat for dozens of species of birds, including bald eagles, ospreys, and great blue herons. Going back in time to 1964, however, and Kane’s … Continue reading

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