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May 2000

Muddy Love In Shenandoah

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.


The Trails of Virginia, by Allen de Hart (University of North Carolina Press, 919-966-3561; www.; $19.95).


Deerfield Ranger District, (540) 885-8028;


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