May 22, 2015

Modern Signage for the Appalachian Trail

A new informational sign has been installed along the Appalachian Trail at the point where it crosses Route 522 (Remount Road) south of Front Royal. It's going to be dedicated on National Trails Day on June 6, 2015.

This is a civilized-looking stretch of the trail, with a boardwalk crossing the stream that spills out of Lake Front Royal. But don't be fooled; it soon ascends up into the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Next to the trail is a tall chain link fence that marks the boundary of the Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute, a zoological research facility. The fence is covered with vines.

Several maps are featured on the new sign, including one showing where you are in relation to the city of Front Royal. Hikers often walk into town from here to stock up on supplies at Stokes General Store or one of the grocery stores. 

Another map shows where you are on the Appalachian Trail, which runs from Maine to Georgia. I've walked small sections of it but many folks have hiked the entire distance of over 2,100 miles!

The QR code for the "Appy Trail" is a modern touch.

I noticed a local inn had posted cards inviting hikers to use their lodging.

The new signs are on the trail just a few steps from a parking lot that's between Harmony Hollow Road and Lake Front Royal.

Sharing with Good Fences

Across the road, the trail heads north.


  1. Looks like a lovely place to go for a walk, well sign posted now.

  2. A really great walk. You came back with some lovely images.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  3. Lovely scenes and photos. Hubby and I walked on some of the trail on Wednesday and we drove on the Skyline Drive. I am so happy the tunnel was open! Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  4. Wow, that's pretty neat. I haven't done any of the trail that far north.

  5. nice trail markers and vine-covered fence, too.

  6. Esses lugares que nos mostra é muito civilizado,e adorável...aqui quase todas as trilhas sem sinalizaçâo ou informação e muito lixo , povo mal educado...sem falar que não nos aventuramos muito por falta de segurança ....como roubos e assassinatos, me encanto com os lugares que nos mostra! bjsss

  7. I'd love an afternoon shower right about now. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  8. How awesome to have trails like this where you live. Looks like the potential for so many adventures.
    Always enjoy seeing peeks of your corner of the world Linda. Thanks so much for participating in Reconnect with Nature. xx


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