Within ten miles upon entering the parkway, Humpback Rocks loomed above as I pulled into the visitor center and farm. The rocks humped appearance gives the area its name. The Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm is a graveled walk through a restored 1890's mountain farm landscape. A man's home is his castle. The log cabin has always been associated with the American frontier, but the idea for homes built of logs came into this country with the immigrants from Northern Europe. -The early southern highlanders adopted this type of contruction and found it well suited to their needs. Using the mountains' most abundant resource, trees, a log cabin could be built quickly with only a few simple tools. -Dug into the hillside this cool, dark root cellar was a store house for vegetables and fruits. Smoked and cured meat hung from the rafters. I've read and seen pictures of the view from the top of the rocks and mountain. Hiking this area is something I have longed to do. Knowing I already had a big day ahead of me, I struggled with the decision of spending hours here. I even rode across the road to the trail head and started to remove gear but then decided to save it for another day when I can really enjoy the experience and not feel rushed. So for now I will give a descripton of the trail until I can get back here. -The Humpback Rocks Trail begins at the south end of the Humpback Gap parking area, providing access to Humpback Rocks (1 mile), Humpback Mountain (2 miles), and the Humpback Rocks picnic area (3.9 miles). -The strenuous 700-foot climb to Humpback Rocks rewards hikers with spectacular views of the Rockfish and Shenandoah Valleys. Hikers continuing straight at the fork will join with the Appalachian Trail and reach the summit of Humpback Mountain in another mile to view ridges to the north. -Beyond the summit, the trail winds a half-mile along the top of a cliff to a trail leading to the Humpback Rocks picnic area. -The Appalachian Trail (AT) is the nation's premier hiking path, stretching 2,182 miles from Maine to Georgia.