Loft Mountain Campground

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May 30, 31, 2017

We spent two lovely days at Loft Mountain Campground in the Shenandoah National Park. The Appalachian Trail circles the campground along the edge of the mountain where the views are spectacular. On Tuesday we hiked to Doyles River Falls, which includes three beautiful falls. This is a popular trail, so it is wide. A 3.2 mile round trip, it is pretty steep coming back up. On Wednesday afternoon, we hiked with Ed Brownfield to Jones River Falls. Again, this is a series of falls, and with all the rains we have had, quite beautiful. The hike back up wasn’t nearly as bad. 

We topped it off with dinner at Blue Mountain Brewery with Roberta Brownfield joining us. Ed was the designated driver for the 45 minute trip back to the campground. We saw one bear quickly crossing the road. Our wildlife viewing for two days was quite good. We saw an abundance of deer, many of which were in the campground, reminding me of Whistler’s Campground in Jasper, BC, where Elk wander throughout the campground. We saw one bear eating right beside the road driving in. He didn’t like the diesel sound, so we couldn’t stop and get a picture, but as soon as we edged past, he came right back out to continue eating. The car behind us stopped for some good pictures. We also saw a young turkey right next to the road, and there were lots of birds in the campground. I hate snakes, but they were no bother. We saw four, a cute little ring neck in the trail, a dead rattlesnake next to the trail, a garter snake, killed by a lawn mower in the campsite and one unidentified crossing the road. The treat was a bobcat slowly crossing the road as we drove down to dinner. That is only the third one I have ever seen, and it was so nice to give us a good look. I saw lots if bobcat scat walking the AT, but never saw one. 

Ed is a frequent visitor to this campground, and I see why. We’ll be back!

  2 comments for “Loft Mountain Campground

  1. Jane-Ashley Skinner
    June 4, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Great pictures and you keep great company. I love the Brownfields! Virginia is such a beautiful state.

    Peter and I are enjoying our new place. The whole back of the house has big windows, so we are looking outside almost the entire day. We set our alarm for sunrise just so we don’t miss anything. We see deer daily–I don’t mind since we don’t have a flower garden out here and we watch foxes cross our field at least a few times a week. We had a litter of fox pups born on the farm this spring. They are the cutest thing. Our farm manager has seen a bear here before–he’s been here 12-13 years, but we haven’t seen any. I am glad about that. He saw two big black snakes last week. Again, I’d prefer to keep my sighting to just online. Lots of bugs and frogs. I just heard a cow moo!

    We saw turkey last week in Big Sur. There is a flock that hangs out at Post Ranch and we see them almost every time we are there. I’ve seen three bobcat–all in Big Sur and heard a mountain lion screaming outside our cabin one night. Coyote (both here and there) and condors, check. I’ve seen hundreds of whales and countless sea otters, sea lions, dolphins and even the fin of a great white. It’s incredible to watch schools of fish swim up and down the coast.

    Peter and I love living in two beautiful settings that are basically nature reserves. We are very lucky and grateful to be able to experience this kind of beauty on a daily basis. We just got back from two days in New York. It’s a great city and fun to visit, but after about three or four days, I have to get back to my wide open spaces.

    Thanks for your wonderful posts.

    • June 4, 2017 at 7:42 am

      You are so lucky to live in such beautiful places. Where is your farm here?

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