Appalachian Trail ... Hiking the Maryland Challenge ...
South of Foxville Road
(Gallery Has Five Pictures)
This picturesque sign signals to southbound Appalachian Trail hikers who have just crossed Foxville Road that this is the correct trail to follow. Maybe hikers in a car might also find it helpful for locating the trail, since it is quite visible from the road.
Just a few yards from the road, a kind soul has left a gift to through-hikers, what is called "trail magic" in the vernacular of the trail, with a sign telling AT hikers to help themselves. If you were running low on water, this would indeed be a welcomed sight. Trail magic can range from this humble offering all the way up to extravagent food offerings.
Just south of the trail magic were two big fields that ran parallel to Pleasant Valley Road to the east. The trail ran through the large fields, but the parts closest to the road were fenced off and included family residences. In one of those fenced off areas were these long horn cattle, which are descendents of cattle brought by the first Spanish settlers.
On the margin of one of these fields, numerous plants were growing including this pretty orange jewelweed (Impatiens capensis). Juices from stems and leaves of this native plant were used in Native American medicine for skin rashes, and there is evidence that it is effective.
Nearby was this lovely clump of flowers, the White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra). This native plant was used in a method of birth control by the Abenaki people.