Best Tent Camping: Virginia
by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Camp for one night at Camp Roosevelt Recreation. It was great. I was the only there for camping overnite. I hike part of the Massanutten Trail. Three miles in and three miles back. Very flat, rocky and secluded. As you walk through you can tell there is alot of history around you.
Indian Grave Ridge Saga
We took an 8. something mile hike up the Tolliver trail, Milford trail, Massanutten Mountain East trail, down Indian Grave Ridge and back. We had a good time talking, enjoying the views. The last time I hiked along the Massanutten Mountain East trail on the particular section, we were in fog the entire time! As we came down Indian Grave Ridge, we kept looking for the mysterious Indian grave mounds.
We eventually came across the real Indian graves another mile down the trail. The graves were torn up a long time ago by people looking for treasure and artifacts. The two mounds were different sizes and shapes. One was round and the other was about 15 yards long in an oblong shape. We sat for a while and pondered their existence.
Whatever the cause for the mounds, the Indians thought these people deserved a proper burial. The last leg of the walk/hike was along a dirt road to get back to the car. The only "wildlife" we saw were cows (beasts of the field) out in their pastures scenting the air with their anal remains. Fresh country air all right. Oh yes, we did hear squirrels and other small critters making noise in the dry leaves as well. The trails are in good condition, albeit they take a long time to reach because of the nature of the river crossings, of which there is only one at Luray.
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