Yes, I’m still posting snow photos. I think I’m just about through our period of snow.
Here are a couple of other walks that we have taken from the Straight Branch parking area. https://rangerannette.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/damascus-va-virginia-creeper-trail-straight-branch-parking-area-2/ and https://rangerannette.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/damascus-va-virginia-creeper-trail-straight-branch-parking-area/
We normally do a couple of miles in, and then turn around and head back to the car. Today we only did a mile in. We walked towards Damascus. With the snow on the ground, it was a little harder to walk today, so we just went about a mile in, and turned around right past trestle 21.
The snow was just about all melted at home, so headed north to see if we could get a little walking in, in the snow. We weren’t disappointed. With the snow just about all melted at the house, didn’t think that there would still be this must snow outside of Damascus. It was a fun walk, but a little hard to trample through the snow.
Being familiar with this walk, I knew that right before getting to trestle 21 that there was a path that took off to the left where you could walk along the river. Even in the snow, the path wasn’t too hard to maneuver. It brings you around the bend, and then you walk up a small hill to get back on the creeper trail. We crossed trestle 21 and just walked about 50 feet or so, and this is where there are some really cool rapids. Got some photos of those and then headed back to the truck.
Here are a few photos from today. Captured a deer down the hill from the house before we headed out, so included that one additional photo.
Directions to Straight Branch from Damascus: Follow US 58E out of Damascus. Shortly after you leave Damascus, 58 cuts off to the left. Follow 58 for approximately 4 to 5 miles.