To celebrate the newly arrived fall weather (a few weeks ago), the boys and I packed up our nature gear and a picnic lunch and headed out to explore a new trail.
I love to discover new nature spots!
Naturally (get it?) I was thrilled to notice that my new chiropractor’s office is located right next to the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, which was hitherto unbeknownst to us. After weeks of promising the boys a picnic and exploration of said trail, an opportune moment finally arrived.
It was a big hit!
We saw all kinds of wildflowers, mushrooms, trees, a creek, butterflies and more.
Here’s what you should know:
- There’s a great picnicking spot, directly behind the INOVA medical building at 205 Hirst Road. The building’s parking lot is the perfect place to park. You can stash the cooler in the car and take advantage of their nice, clean bathroom.
- Part of the trail seemed well-kept, while another part was very overgrown. Thankfully, I’d brought along our essential oil bug spray, and most of us were wearing pants and long sleeves. We did see poison ivy, but were able to steer clear of it.
- In rainy seasons, I imagine the trail would be muddy. It runs parallel to Catoctin Creek, and you’ll cross several small foot bridges that span small offshoots from the creek. You might want to wear galoshes!
- The trail is one mile long, according to my sources. We explored only one part and look forward to checking out the rest of it some time soon. It’s a perfect length for small kids, in my opinion. My two-year-old did all his own walking and had a blast collecting black walnuts, hickory nuts, sticks, leaves and countless other treasures along the way.
Here’s the address:
205 E. Hirst Rd., Purcellville, VA 20132
Read here about the Chapman DeMary Trail’s history.
Purchasing info for nature gear pictured above:
- Pocket Naturalist Guides (Waterford Press), most or all by James Kavanagh: Available on Amazon. Most are available for Amazon’s 4-for-3 promotion, so be sure to check that out.
- Magnifying Glass from Learning Resources: also available on Amazon. I’ve also seen these at stores selling teaching supplies.
Get out there and enjoy this fall weather….Happy Exploring!
Kathleen Henderson is the yankee behind the homestead. Follow along as we grow real food and three boys while renovating a 20-acre farm in northern Virginia. Do you love homegrown food, Paleo-ish recipes, and natural living? You’re in good company! Let’s grow together…