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The Lion's Tale

Learn about the forest from Lop Ears the Mountain Lion.

photo: Accessible trail through forest. Photo by Lions Club: Basye-Bryce Mtn.

Length: 0.50 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Rural, Lee Ranger District- George Washington National Forest.
State(s): Virginia
Counties: Page
Longitude: -78.5333
Latitude: 38.728

Driving Directions

Located on Lee Ranger District- George Washington National Forest. Take I-81 exit 264 at New Market. Travel East on SR 211 for about 3 miles to top of Massanutten Mountain. Turn left on FDR 274 and travel 9 miles to trailhead which is on your left.

Description

The Lion's Tale is a .5 mile accessible loop trail designed for the visually impaired in George Washington National Forest. It is a sensory adventure into the woods that encourages the hiker to feel, smell, and listen. High contrast interpretive signs with Lop Ears, the friendly mountain lion guide, are imprinted with braille and tell the story of the forest and how to experience it using different senses. Embedded wooden boards in the surface of the barrier-free trail alert the impaired hiker to a nearby sign.

Benches provide places to sit and feel the sun, listen to birds and insects or the babbling of a stream, smell the wildflowers or the boggy areas. Feel rounded river stones, a cold running spring, the different textures of tree bark, exposed roots, a rotten log, and even play in a stream.

The trail, originally known as the Braille Trail, was constructed in the 1970s through a partnership between the Forest Service, the Lion's Club, and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.

Recovery efforts focused on repairing the trail's path and bridges. The Lion's Tale is a cooperative project of the Lions Clubs of VA and the Forest Service. It is open year-round. There is no fee. Handicap-accessible toilets are available in the parking lot.

Additional Details

Width: 72 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 1,270
Elevation High Point: 1,320
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1979

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: USFS Trail Map/Overview
Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
George Washington National Forest
Lee Ranger District
95 Railroad Avenue
Edinburg, VA 22824
(540) 984-4101

 

Photos

Lop Ears, your friendly guide. Photo by Lions Club: Basye-Bryce Mtn.

Lop Ears, your friendly guide. Photo by Lions Club: Basye-Bryce Mtn.

Trailhead sign with NRT logo. Photo by Lions Club: Basye-Bryce Mtn.

Trailhead sign with NRT logo. Photo by Lions Club: Basye-Bryce Mtn.

 

One of the braille interpretive signs on the trail. Photo by Lions Club: Basye-Bryce Mtn.

One of the braille interpretive signs on the trail. Photo by Lions Club: Basye-Bryce Mtn.

Accessible trail through forest. Photo by Lions Club: Basye-Bryce Mtn.

Accessible trail through forest. Photo by Lions Club: Basye-Bryce Mtn.

 

Accessible boardwalk. Photo by Lions Club: Basye-Bryce Mtn.

Accessible boardwalk. Photo by Lions Club: Basye-Bryce Mtn.

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