Ever spring we visit Panther Creek, which is just a few miles from us in Dugspur, VA.
The creek here is actually Big Reed Island Creek, and the road is called Panther Creek rd. Panther Creek is a smaller creek, that parallels the road for a while then connects up with the Greasy creek, which then connects to Big Reed Island. The 'thinking rock' is a popular spot among locals. It's easy to climb up on it, it's relatively flat on top and the views of the creek are amazing.
The area is always pretty, but in early spring Wild Phlox blooms on the rock faces. It's a pretty spectacular drive.
It's hard to capture it in a photo, but the phlox is different shades of pink and sometimes white and covers the rocks.
There is a place to pull over and trails that follow another small creek and cascading falls up into the mountain. It's a really wonderful place to hike, but it's not uncommon to come across rattlesnakes here. There are lots of native wildflowers that come up in this area, which is why it is one of my favorite places to hike. This is wild columbine.
Wild Bleeding heart is a favorite that i rarely come across. So it's always a pleasure to see it growing here wild.
We have lived in Virginia for 17 years now, and we still feel so blessed to be here. i'm still completely fascinated by all the different fauna and flora of the area and never take any of it for granted. In my humble opinion, there is just no place better than the Blue Ridge Mountains.