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  THE ONLY BEAR I MET, WASHINGTON NATL. FOREST
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I drove E. Lee Highway (VA-211) across George Washington National Forest in northwestern Virginia and stopped at Lee Ranger District station and Massanutten Visitors Center. I was not lucky about thick fog that day. The bears seemed to hide in the fog :-).

VA-211 is a scenic road from New Market through the Blue Ridge Mountains covered by George Washington National Forest down to Luray with famous caverns. I stopped on the peak (New Market Gap) and entered Visitors Center where I found a lot of information on the region.
There are 55 species of mammals, from squirrels to bears in the forest. I didn't see any except a few human beings. There are Virginia Civil War Trails in the area.

Massanutten is a popular mountain resort (skiing!) located more to south (access from Harrisonburg via VA-33). George Washington National Forest, a one-time home for Indians, a passageway for pioneers and a battleground during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars offers a lot of recreational activities include backpacking, hiking, fishing, biking, camping, wildlife viewing, and scenic driving. I wanted to enjoy at least a bit hiking and scenic driving but thick fog changed my plans.



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  • Written Oct 12, 2006
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