|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – May 2000
All along the 23-mile Shenandoah Mountain trail and in the forested areas throughout the Appalachian Mountains, vernal pools are rich aquatic breeding grounds.
Getting There: Take I-81 to Staunton, and pick up US 250 west. Drive 25 miles to the parking lot at the Confederate Breastworks. The less-crowded southern section of Shenandoah Mountain Trail starts as a gravel road across the street.
Prime Time: Late February through mid-June.
Guides: The Trails of Virginia, by Allen de Hart (University of North Carolina Press, 919-966-3561; www. uncpress.unc.edu; $19.95).
Contact: Deerfield Ranger District, (540) 885-8028; www.fs.fed.us/ gwjnf.