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Bull Run National park, located in Fairfax, Virginia, has the biggest and densest natural bluebell wildflower fields in the United States. These photos were taken in the middle of flowers’ peak blooming season, which generally occurs around mid-April.

Virginia Bluebells! Virginia Bluebells! Virginia Bluebells! Virginia Bluebells!

Cascades (Crab Tree Falls)

The Cascades, otherwise known as “Crabtree Falls”, is located in Jefferson National Forest near Blacksburg Virginia. Visitors are treated to an array of miniature waterfalls before coming upon the main falls.

The park map shows the multiple trails visitors can hike. Dave strongly suggests hiking the “lower trail” up to the falls and then the “upper trail” on the return.

Cascades! Cascades! Cascades! Cascades!

Dragon’s Tooth

One HUGE rock formation which overlooks part of the Roanoke Valley! Located near Blacksburg Virginia, the Dragon’s Tooth hike is right off the Applachian Trail.

Warning: Dragon’s Tooth is a rough hike, and involves some minor rock climbing! Not for those who are out of shape. Bring plenty of water to drink!

Dragon\'s Tooth! Dragon\'s Tooth! Dragon\'s Tooth! Dragon\'s Tooth!

Great Falls

Construction began after the Golden Gate, but completed 6 months sooner. October 1963 saw the bridge reconfigured with 5 lanes on each deck: top deck westbound; bottom deck for eastbound traffic. The legal name is The James “Sunny Jim” Rolph Bridge.

Great Falls! Great Falls!

Natural Land Bridge

Land Bridge!The “Natural Bridge” arch is composed of solid grey limestone. It is 215 feet high (55 feet higher than Niagara), 40 feet thick, 100 feet wide, and spans 90 feet between the walls. The estimated weight of the limestone is 36,000 tons.

Land Bridge!
Other points of interest within the Natural Bridge Park are:

  • Ancient Arbor Vitae, otherwise known as “Vires-Acquirit-Eundo”, is a 1600 year old vitae and is the oldest and largest of its kind in the world. Its diameter measures 56 inches, and increase by one inch every thirty years. The crooked boughs are characteristic of the arbor vitae, also known as “the tree of life”.
  • Saltpetre Mine, mined in 1821 and 1864. During the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, earth from this cave was converted into saltpetre (potassium nitrate), which, in turn, was used to make gunpowder and other explosives.
  • Lost River, whose source and outlet are unknown to this day.
  • Lace Waterfalls, a pattern of water lace 50 feet high.
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