Picture of the day - June 5, 2005
Olivia Conquering A Boulder
Today's picture features my granddaughter Olivia climbing a huge boulder near
Backbone Rock. This amazing boulder is located right beside the trail that leads to
Backbone Rock Falls. Actually, if you could see through the rock you would see
the top of the falls just a few feet away to the right.
In addition to Backbone Rock itself, the Iron Mountain area has thousands of
boulders of all sizes lying around - silent witnesses to thousands of years of
geological change. Beaver Dam Creek, which runs almost all the way around
Backbone Rock, has a massive quantity of these types of rocks piled up in the
creek bed, resulting in numerous small, yet beautiful waterfalls. All of the
trails in the area also have lots of these stones lying around, with the one in
the photo above being one of the largest.
The Backbone Rock National Recreation Area is one of the most unusual and
interesting places you can visit, and it's located just a short three mile drive
from beautiful and friendly Damascus,
The next time you're driving along I-81 in southwestern Virginia, why not take a
couple of hours and visit Backbone Rock? Just take exit 19 at Abingdon,
Va and follow highway 58 to
Damascus, then turn right onto Shady Avenue and go about three miles to Backbone
Rock! It will be a side-trip to remember!
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