Water, water everywhere

Rappahannock County, needless to say, has experienced more than its share of torrential downpours this year, with areas surrounding Sperryville measuring 5-plus feet — yes, feet — of rainfall and counting.

Photo by John McCaslin

Shenandoah National Park Ranger Bud Yordy, seen here manning the entrance station to Whiteoak Canyon Trail, says usually in August “there’s not a lot of water coming over the falls, but this year has been nice.”

The trail’s six impressive waterfalls range from 35 to 86 feet, including the 60-foot Lower Falls seen here, and are spouting so much water these days that hikers in several sections must wade knee-deep in shoes and socks or else go barefoot, like this pair of park visitors.

Photo by John McCaslin
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