Last year, I hiked part (all but Torry Ridge and the trails leading to and from it) of this on my hike of the White Rock Falls area.
It was a beautiful spring day, although a bit warm. I only saw a few small animals - a wood thrush and a rufous-sided towhee, an unidentified lizard, a toad, a water snake, and a gray squirrel. But I saw many incredible wildflowers. I will put photos of them in a future post.
Here are some photos of my joyous Friday hiking. I was really tired when I got back to the car, although this is not an extremely hard hike. I am just out of shape. But I did it!
Small American (?) toad seen on the trail.
This is typical of the trails in this area - along the Torry Ridge Trail.
Pink Azalea was in bloom all over the place - so lovely!
Mostly this hike was a "green tunnel" but now and then, I got a decent view.
From Overlook Rock, I had a partial view of Lower Sherando Lake.
And this is Lower Sherando Lake from a different perspective.
Just a harmless water snake along the trail. It dove into the stream when I got a little too close to try to get a better photo.
This is where I saw the snake, less than 2 miles from my car on the hike out.
No, this is not part of the hike. It's a visitor center on the Blue Ridge Parkway on the drive to the trailhead.