We do not need to tell you that we are in the midst of Global Pandemic! Whether you are staying home or you have gone back to work, we are all looking for ways to releave stress and exercise these days. We can only take so many walkabouts the garden before we want to see something new. The Bluemoonistic Team is lucky that we live in Abingdon, Virginia, where the Virginia Creeper Trail begins. This has allowed us to hit the trailhead in the center of Abingdon for many early morning walks. However, even walking this stretch of the trail became old after awhile and we have been exploring as many different locations along the trail's thirty-four miles as we can. Let's face it - this is the perfect time to create our own new normals!
Because the Virginia Creeper Trail is so famous as a downhill bike trek from Whitetop Station many people never hike or bike from other locations along the trail. Within a short drive from Abingdon there are many places to park and take advantage of some awesome hiking paths. We want the share some of these with you! We are going to start off this photo blog series about the Virginia Creeper Trail with one of our favorites - Straight Branch. The parking lot is about 4 miles outside of Damascus on US Hwy 58. You can head in either direction from the Straight Branch parking lot. We find this section of the trail especially interesting because this is a favorite location for fishermen and we have found lots of trails down to the creek that allow for beautiful photos. Come on let's take a look --
The first trestle (No. 22) you cross as you head toward Taylors Valley is where Straight Branch flows into Whitetop Laurel Creek. It's a great place to begin a lovely hike that follows the creek. On our last hike this butterfly was our trail companion for awhile and at last he stopped and we were able to capture a photo of him!
We always find interesting wild flowers along this section. Keep your eyes out for interesting flora! Every season produces a whole new selection. These were taken during July and August.