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The Sherando Lake area of Virginia has peaks up to almost 3,600 feet.

When you go
The Hike: A moderate 15.5-mile circuit hike (with two steep
one-mile ascents) along George Washington National
Forest's Torry Ridge and Mills Creek near Waynesboro,
Virginia.
Getting There: Take Exit 96 off I-64 at Waynesboro and turn
southward on South Delphine Avenue, which becomes
Mount Torry Road in a little over one mile. Continue for 8.7
miles, turn right on Sherando Lake Road and follow it for
more than one mile to the parking area.
Trail Information: The trails are shown on National
Geographic's Trails Illustrated Map #789 Lexington/Blue
Ridge Mountains (shop.nationalgeographic.com), but there
is very little published information about the hike and its
trails. "The Trails of Virginia: Hiking the Old Dominion" by
Allen de Hart provides basically one-sentence descriptions
of each trail.
After-hike

shell, the spore can wait for years for the perfect growing
conditions. As it develops into a heart-shaped structure,
it grows roots that reach into the soil. On these are small
round pockets that contain what could be compared to
pollen in other plants. Longer pouches have the equivalent of the ovules of flowering plants. When water floats
some of the "pollen" over to the "ovules" and they
become fertilized, the fern begins to grow. Yet it may still
be several years before the plant is strong enough to send
out its own spore-covered fronds.
A rare flat spot devoid of rocks and ferns about eight
to nine miles into the hike provided the campsite for the
night. I crawled into the tent after dinner to escape an
abundance of gnats and other flying pests and, of course,
missed the highlight of the outing. Laurie decided to
explore the area and just minutes after I had gotten comfortable inside the sleeping bag, she came back to excitedly tell me she had seen a mamma black bear and two
cubs crossing the creek less than a hundred yards from
the tent.
It was another mile-long, 1,000-foot elevation gain
first thing in the morning to a left turn onto Forest
Service Road 162 and this is where, if you do the hike,
you need to pay attention to the route. Continue just a
few hundred yards to a road intersection and bear left
to ascend to the summit of 3,587-foot Bald Mountain.
From there, you need to walk along the woods line to
your left to locate the Torry Ridge Trail. It's an obvious
pathway, but it was not signed the last time I was here.
The three miles along the (more-or-less) descending
trail provided another view of the mountains before
leading us to a right turn to retrace our steps along the
Blue Loop Trail. By this time it was late Sunday afternoon
and the recreation area felt much different than it had
when we started the hike - it was nearly deserted. 
Find out more about Leonard Adkins' hiking adventures
at habitualhiker.com.

Dinner and a Microbrew
Blue Mountain Brewery (bluemountainbrewery.com) opened in 2007 in nearby Afton and has already won top national and
international honors. The beers are brewed with water from a deep well and the company grows its own hops. Breads used
for meals are delivered fresh from Afton's Goodwin Creek Farm and Bakery. Free 20-minute brewery tours: Saturdays, 12-4
pm; no reservations needed.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015

Sweet Summer Weekends & Overnights in 7 States
The Great Divorce: Virginia-West Virginia
Swimming Holes for Summer: The Photoessay
Grand Hotel Comebacks of Western Virginia
SUP in the Mountains?
Northern Shenandoah Weekend
A Home in, on and from the Mountains
Far Beyond Sweet Tea: Great Restaurants of Upcountry South Carolina
From the Editor / Worth a Click
Mill Creek Stories
The Hike
Creature Feature
Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Festivals & Events
Country Roads
Mountian Garden
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 6
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - From the Editor / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 16
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Sweet Summer Weekends & Overnights in 7 States
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 23
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 24
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 26
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 27
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 28
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - The Great Divorce: Virginia-West Virginia
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Swimming Holes for Summer: The Photoessay
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Grand Hotel Comebacks of Western Virginia
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 42
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - SUP in the Mountains?
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 45
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Northern Shenandoah Weekend
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 47
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 48
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - A Home in, on and from the Mountains
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 52
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 54
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Far Beyond Sweet Tea: Great Restaurants of Upcountry South Carolina
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 56
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 58
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 59
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 60
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 61
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 62
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Mountian Garden
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 64
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Cover3
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Cover4
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