Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Shenandoah National Park

Dark Hollow Falls
When I think of waterfalls, my mind is drawn to Shenandoah National Park.

I first discovered the park on  my drives to Memphis while by daughter was a student.  As someone who has fished mountain brooks in the Adirondacks and New England, I really had no idea what to expect in Southern Appalachia but I was struct by the ruggedness of the gorges and hollows in the park.  The streams are high-gradient mountain streams very similar in character to the types of streams I love fishing in the northeast. 

I fell in love with the park on that very first visit and have had the opportunity to camp and fish there a few times.  I hope these pictures will encourage you to explore this national treasure.  You will notice that almost all of the shots are rotated vertical to fully capture the waterfalls 





White Oak Canyon Falls in autumn

Rose River Falls
Lower Falls in Dark Hollow
We owe a debt of thanks to those who had the foresight to set up our national park system to preserve the diversity of our national landscape!


Beautiful Southern Appalachian brook trout call these waters home 

10 comments:

  1. There certainly is a bit of fun topography down there.

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    1. Rowan - yes there is! If you haven't had a chance to visit, I would highly recommend it. You would have a blast!

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  2. Mark, I have some fine memories of Dark Hollow. The brook trout within it's waters were absolutely gorgeous. I will get back there.

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    1. Alan - Dark Hollow is one of my favorites but I have a few others. If you get down that way again I could suggest a few that you would enjoy. All these pictures have me thinking about another trip down this spring!

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  3. Mark
    These images prove there is no need to wonder why individuals love the parks in this great country!! My son and I will fishing the Smokies near Townsends Tennessee in June. We are looking forward to fishing with David for the day. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - that sounds great! Looking at these pictures have got me thinking of visiting again!

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  4. Wow - those are amazing cascades. Amazing how you can come to a spot like that, then catch a trout above it... I always wonder how those fish managed to find their way through...

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    1. Will - it really is an amazingly beautiful Park! It would be interesting to see if the genetics of the brook trout are different above and below those falls since in all likelihood they are isolated populations but maybe in the distant past they weren't

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  5. Although I, too, enjoy contemplation of the quiet winter woods, with snow and ice, today I especially enjoyed a scroll through your Shenandoah NP reflections, trout and waterfalls and all, and look forward to another springtime visit there. Our national park system is a wonderful institution and should be appreciated by all.

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    1. Walt - I know you enjoy the SNP as well. These really are wonderful national treasures!

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