Graves Mill Trail – Shenandoah National Park, VA

In late October of 2013, Sarah and I set out with our friend Ronan to the woods of Shenandoah. We found this hike through Hiking Upward, probably the best resource for hikers in Virginia. It’s a website that features detailed descriptions of almost every hike in Virginia. From the Jefferson National Forest to Pisgah National Forest, it covers dozens of trails and reviews them in many different aspects. Each trail is reviewed in several different aspects such as difficulty, isolation, scenery, and degree of camp friendliness.  Anyways, we decided upon the Graves Mill Trail which eventually meets up with the Bear Church Rock trail. The beautiful Rapidan River flows alongside for the majority of the trail. Native brook trout can also be seen in the clear, and cold mountain waters. We took a short break next to the river to brew some tea on this awesome fall day.