May 8, 2008

Wildflower Trail, Massanutten

Before going to lunch in New Market yesterday, we took a short hike on the Wildflower Trail. It's at the Massanutten Visitors Center (which was closed) on US 211.

The trail follows the old New Market and Sperryville Turnpike, known to history buffs as a route taken by Stonewall Jackson's army on their way to Fredericksburg in 1862. (The 2nd Corps Civil War Trails marker is next to the trailhead). Route 211 does not precisely follow the route that the turnpike followed during the Civil War, so if you want to walk in Jackson's footsteps, take the Wildflower Trail.

The lady slippers were not blooming yet but the wild azaleas were pretty in pink.

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