Paralleling these human-made eyesores, the trail climbs steadily before reaching an overgrown fire road at 9/10 mile. To the left of where they are standing, you can see the buildings of Skyland Resort. 0000133243 00000 n This is a easy one way trail to Dark Hollow Falls in Shenandoah National Park. Leaving the Thornton River drainage behind, the trail swings around a minor hollow then switchbacks up to a thickly wooded ridge. Following the third crossing, the route briefly diverges from the principal streambed, following a minor tributary instead before again rising relatively high above the ravine on the right. Buck Hollow — Pass Mountain Loop A medium-length loop that climbs to Mary’s Rock, then continues north on the Appalachian Trail across Route 211 to Pass Mountain. 0000495038 00000 n Adam and Jason take in the view from Stony Man mountain. 0000240291 00000 n It’s easy to hear the rushing waters, however, squeezed ever tighter as the creek enters a thin, rocky gorge. Upper Whiteoak Falls Loop via Whiteoak Canyon Trail. Panaroma, Mary's Rock, Buck Hollow, and Buck Ridge Loop is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sperryville, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Passing under a Virginia pine at the entrance, hikers begin on the Elkwallow Trail, which, if followed in its entirety, will end at Mathews Arm Campground. As seems to be the rule for this hike, bear right again. Beyond, the AT ascends a series of wooden steps, rounds a bend, and passes under a set of power lines. 0000558314 00000 n While SR 612—from Sperryville, Virginia—provides access to the bottom of the Thornton River Trail, the following description uses the Elkwallow Wayside along Skyline Drive as the hike’s start and endpoint. Location: 38.687198638916, -78.3167190551758. Thorton Hollow via Appalachian Trail is a 11.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sperryville, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. She also shares thoughts from others about the perks of braving the cold and setting out on the trail. Elevation Profile. 0000494964 00000 n 4.2 miles and 500 feet of elevation gain/loss. This track—closed to vehicles—leads to Range View Cabin, operated by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. 0000506126 00000 n Web App. As you get lower, the creeks begin to get bigger. In my final “Day Hike Notes” post, I wrote: One day, preferably in the fall, I would like to join Mohawk with a section of the Appalachian Trail for a 3-day backpacking trip. The Appalachian Trail (or “AT”)—generally well-maintained and marked with white blazes—gradually descends from the parking area into the trees, reaching a turnoff to Jewell Hollow Overlook within 1/3 mile. Take the Appalachian Trail. The elusive North Fork of the Thornton River finally reveals itself after 2/10 miles of walking, where hikers must brace for the first of four stream crossings. 0000005478 00000 n The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. 0000505685 00000 n In the winter with the leaves off the trees, there are views across the hollow to Patterson Ridge, about a mile away, with parts of Rocky Mountain and Brown Mountain visible beyond it. Even for speedy hikers, it will likely take the good part of a day. The last 4-mile descent is divine. Tuesday December 22, 2020 - AT/Neighbor/Knob Mountain Loop - (PATC Map 9) Starting at the ELKWALLOW WAYSIDE PARKING LOT, a clockwise loop of the Appalachian Trail, Neighbor Mt. 0000347261 00000 n 0000495496 00000 n Directions: Start at the Passamaquoddy parking lot near Skyland Ranch (10 miles south of Thornton Gap). 9. 0000496685 00000 n Alas, the climbing is not yet done, as the route ascends another 200 feet over 1/3 mile before finally flattening out at a junction with the AT. Day 6: Buck Hollow and Buck Ridge loop. EASY 3.5 mi. 0000559406 00000 n 0000502040 00000 n 0000493020 00000 n Upper Overall Run Falls via Matthews Arm Road. Break Camp and follow Thornton Trail back to trail junction. It is a separate trail and not an official extension of the Appalachian Trail. 0000555724 00000 n 0000054653 00000 n 0000003810 00000 n To see which of our walks in the Appalachian Mountains is the right one for you, browse real tips and photos uploaded by other hikers—and see what they had to say about each walk. DIFFICULT 50.2 mi. To complete the circuit, cross the road, bear left, and walk 100 yards south along Skyline Drive, where a cement post marks the continuation of the Thornton River Trail. Bear right at the junction. 0000502825 00000 n MODERATE 7.3 mi. 0000491366 00000 n The Appalachian Trail traverses roughly 71 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains. 0000382931 00000 n 0000512751 00000 n We were able to find an easy trail via the NPS app (highly recommend), since we had not packed good hiking shoes. 0000036917 00000 n A loop that starts at Sugar Hollow and climbs up to the Appalachian Trail on Skyline Drive. 0000490722 00000 n Over the course of the next two miles, the Piney Ridge route passes under another set of power lines, skirts a collection of boulders, enters a hardwood forest, and gradually approaches the end of the ridge—though often it feels simply like a blur of dense thicket. 0000501966 00000 n Meanwhile, the Thornton River Trail gradually ascends to a point where the creek is now some 50 feet below on the left, and tumbling cascades begin to increase in volume and intensity. 0000133282 00000 n Here you will find a picnic area, fast food restaurant, and camp store. 0000240252 00000 n 0000491623 00000 n 0000034793 00000 n Appalachian Trail parking/access areas, pictures, maps and information. ; Take the Keyser Run Fire Road towards the Little Devil’s Stairs Trailhead Parking area, and Rt 614. Updated and maintained by A.T. hikers. 0000027012 00000 n Saturday, November 7 - Raccoon Run and Appalachian Trail (AT) Loop Hike Wednesday, October 28 - Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick Shorter Loop Hike Saturday, October 24 - AT/Devil’s Racecourse/Red Trail/AT Loop 0000510386 00000 n 0000009211 00000 n A short time later, the route bends sharply again, then edges northward, providing sporadic views through the trees (in winter, at least) of Piney Ridge. 0000049750 00000 n Return the same way and note there are a few trails between the AT and the summit, but they get you to the same place. The Appalachian Trail leads past several outcrops and views as it traverses the spine of Three Ridges. More traces of the men and women who once lived here are scattered about, including rock aqueducts, rusted trinkets, and an old Model-T (now overgrown with grasses and ivy). 0000499773 00000 n From here, the track briefly switchbacks to the southwest before setting off on a general northeasterly course below the overlook. (Note: I saw two cubs from the parking lot at Elkwallow. 0000014823 00000 n 0000555318 00000 n trailer <]/Prev 671532/XRefStm 3810>> startxref 0 %%EOF 225 0 obj <>stream For those without considerable stamina, consider breaking it into a 2-day backpack. 0000491440 00000 n Last year, I section-hiked Connecticut’s Mohawk Trail. DIFFICULT 60.0 mi. The trail is well maintained and well marked. 0000505611 00000 n 0000382970 00000 n 0000006434 00000 n Appalachian Voices’ Jamie Goodman recounts the joys of a winter hike and the magic of the season. The Coon Den Falls Trail may be a bit overgrown at the top and there are some trees across the trail as well. Trail cuts short switchbacks up Pass Mtn. h�t�MKQ��3w��7��(��iԂ�b7�T��E���R,B���Z!IA�7�van�Mq�?v 0000063349 00000 n But the trail is still easy to follow with the blue blazes making the way. 0000501345 00000 n In general, this is a demanding loop hike with significant elevation gain. 0000009294 00000 n Mile 4.6 - In 0.6 miles the Thornton Hollow Trail meets Thornton River Trail and Hull School Trail at a four-way intersection. Knobstone trail is also known as "the mini appalachian" stretching out 58 miles long. 0000496136 00000 n 0000509672 00000 n 0000492137 00000 n 0000515344 00000 n 0000007368 00000 n 0000502899 00000 n 0000500421 00000 n Trail ascends N before swinging S again. 4. They like to do big miles, so today they were doing a 25ish mile loop. Follow it downhill—to the right—for a couple hundred yards, then bear right again onto the Piney Ridge Trail (marked with a distance post). These views are spread out along the route, and include another vista from Chimney Rock. 0000491292 00000 n Here, we've listed ~70 places to stay from Georgia to Maine, including a few that aren't necessarily … Back on the east side, vestiges of human development abound. 0000497415 00000 n Oaks, maples, black birch trees, and, of course, pines abound; in summer, the understory is blanketed with poison ivy and all kinds of nasty spider webs. 5. The Appalachian Trail from Skyland to Thornton Gap follows ten miles of trail and includes no fewer than four spectacular panoramic views. Dogs are also able to … 6.1 miles and 1,500 feet of elevation gain/loss. 0000511246 00000 n Below are links to the various blogs that include bits and pieces of the AT. 0000008810 00000 n After two-thirds of a mile, it switches back sharply to the left and swings around a branch of Eppert Hollow. We backtracked, as instructed, and then also took a portion of the Sugarloaf Loop on the Appalachian. [Updated for 2019] Complete List of Hostels on the Appalachian Trail Hostels on the Appalachian Trail are part of what makes a thru-hike such a unique experience. 0000097613 00000 n 0000007766 00000 n 0000506868 00000 n Turn right at the final, four-way junction (Elkwallow Trail and AT) and continue 1/10 mile back to the Virginia pine and the parking lot where the circuit began…10.5 miles ago. While Piney Ridge leaves much to be desired, the rushing waters of Thornton River are in places quite delightful, including a double waterfall. The International Appalachian Trail is a 1,900-mile (3,100 km) extension running northeast from Maine into New Brunswick and Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula, where it ends at Forillon National Park. 0000498506 00000 n 0000508973 00000 n Piney Ridge – Thornton River Trail Loop (Shenandoah National Park, VA). Thornton River Trail Loop. 0000504969 00000 n 0000509047 00000 n 0000003316 00000 n Third stream crossing along Thornton River Trail. As with most hikes from Skyline Drive, what comes down must come back up, and the gradient of the ascent steepens after the double waterfall. Such a setting—combined with steeper drops in elevation—lends itself to waterfalls, and here Thornton River does not disappoint. 0000063661 00000 n Hikers can fortunately make good time on Piney Ridge’s casual downhill, as well as the steeper—but not quite as rocky—Fork Mountain Trail. I dropped off Mt Sterling Ridge on the Pretty Hollow Trail. 0000499847 00000 n 0000495422 00000 n 0000003978 00000 n The Hull School Trail, which begins by following an old road, drops another 340 feet to reach, at last, the Thornton River Trail—nearly five miles from the trailhead. This area is hands down the highlight of the hike—and a worthy spot for a snack break before embarking on the steep climb back up to Skyline Drive that awaits. 0000060891 00000 n DIFFICULT 68.7 mi. 0000501271 00000 n 0000064108 00000 n ), Piney Ridge Trail near the junction with Fork Mountain Trail. If the picnic area is closed (winter) simply start at Jewell Hollow … (Note: I spotted at least one good campsite just past the fourth crossing of the Thornton River. Overgrown car along the Thornton River Trail. 11 mile loop. 0000311594 00000 n After the first crossing, the route edges the western flank of the ravine through a particularly fresh pine-smelling section, then—within 5-10 minutes—drops back to cut across the Thornton River a second time. Thornton River Trail, Shenandoah National Park, July 2015, Shenandoah National Park’s nearly 11-mile Piney Ridge-Thornton River Trail circuit covers nearly 1,700 feet in elevation gain/loss—perhaps one of several reasons this loop hike is lightly traveled. Then all of a sudden, as the trail cuts west, all is quiet and serene at the next stream crossing, where water has collected in a still pool. Near Crimora, Virginia. 2.9-mile round trip 3-hours hiking time Moderate 830-foot elevation gain From Meadow Spring parking area at mile 33.5, cross Skyline Drive and take the Meadow Spring Trail to its intersection with the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). 0000004152 00000 n %PDF-1.7 %���� 0000025260 00000 n 0000554530 00000 n 0000454267 00000 n Second crossing of North Fork of the Thornton River, Thornton River Trail, Shenandoah National Park. 0000064386 00000 n After a short period of relative flat, the Thornton River Trail briefly dips to cross the creek a final time, then begins a tough uphill slog, gaining 700 feet in elevation in around a mile. ), View of Thornton River area from Thornton Hollow Overlook along Skyline Drive. 0000505043 00000 n 0000097574 00000 n Remains of an old stone wall along Thornton River Trail. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. 0000042968 00000 n 0000492211 00000 n 0000556242 00000 n 0000009330 00000 n Appalachian Trail to Cataloochee Great Smoky Mountains . A short time later, the route bends sharply again, then edges northward, providing sporadic views through the trees (in winter, at least) of Piney Ridge. Leaving the Thornton River drainage behind, the trail swings around a minor hollow then switchbacks up to a thickly wooded ridge. Turn right onto Thornton River Trail as it begins to climb back up the valley. 2018 appalachian trail prep hike. Seasonal ... Sugarloaf via Appalachian Trail. Overview. In order to get to Mary’s Rock, you have to cross the road, hike 0.7 miles along Meadow Spring Trail, turn right onto the Appalachian Trail and walk for another 0.7 miles to reach the summit. Eventually, the AT drops off the ridgeline into Harpers Creek where there are aquatic campsites. 75 151 0000516127 00000 n Go right onto the A.T. and follow it to the next trailpost. Turn right and take Thornton Hollow Trail down into the valley below. 0000511320 00000 n BGO002. Blackrock via Appalachian Trail. Okay views into Kemp Hollow Corbin cabin cut-off, Nicholson Hollow, and Appalachian Trail loop. Stats for Day 1 Mileage: 12.1 miles Gross Ascent: 1,621′ Gross Descent: 3,632′ Day 2. 0000555271 00000 n 0000500347 00000 n 0000490683 00000 n Bullen Hollow - Reynolds Ridge Loop Hike. Be bear aware, as this is black bear country! 0000168949 00000 n 0000037429 00000 n As far as the Shenandoah Mountains go, Thornton River seemingly had far more inhabitants and was better-traveled than surrounding drainages. Narrow, considerably less maintained, and choked with brush. 0000503571 00000 n Back to Charlies Bunion with better skies. 0000499053 00000 n 0000506942 00000 n 0000511703 00000 n 0000504234 00000 n 0000498033 00000 n 0000168910 00000 n 0000513760 00000 n bullenhollowreynoldsridgeloop.pdf: File Size: 89 kb: File Type: pdf: Download File. 0000496611 00000 n Your email address will not be published. 0000204617 00000 n 0000204578 00000 n 0000514776 00000 n 0000497959 00000 n We backtracked, as instructed, and then also took a portion of the Sugarloaf Loop on the Appalachian. The oak forest is relatively flat and sparse around here, evidence of old farmlands that once dotted this ridgeline before the park was formed in 1935. 0000039065 00000 n With around ½ mile remaining, the AT swings sharply to the right, then drops another 250 feet to a minor creek crossing and a junction with the Jeremys Run Trail. Some trails will lead you to spectacular waterfalls or viewpoints while others penetrate deep into Shenandoah's wilderness. 0000009554 00000 n We hiked the Piney River Trail (accessed near the Thornton Gap entrance to Skyline) which led to the Range View Cabin. After less than 1/10 mile, however, turn right at the four-way fork onto the Appalachian Trail (AT), which, a couple minutes later, crosses Skyline Drive. Stay right, then—in another ¼ mile—bear left. About 15 miles and 3800’ of ascent of elevation gain. ), Map of Piney Ridge – Thornton River Trail Loop, Shenandoah National Park; adapted from http://www.mytopo.com/maps/. ... Cat Knob Loop via Appalachian Trail. The highlight is Mary’s Rock, with panoramic views to the north and west. 0000058242 00000 n This is an extended version of the Buck Hollow — Pass Mountain Loop and Cave Falls Loop.Instead of returning to your car on the Buck Hollow Trail, this route makes a second loop on the Appalachian Trail and Pass Mountain Trail. 10. 0000030171 00000 n To complete the loop, join the Mau-Har Trail. 0000026146 00000 n 0000311633 00000 n 0000020107 00000 n The finale comprises a couple of gradual climbs wrapping around the Elkwallow area en route to the wayside. Some parts of this path are a bit strenuous, especially if you’ve been climbing uphill from the bottom, but it is well worth the effort. 0000490916 00000 n The trail starts from Skyline Drive at the Big Run Overlook and descends by switchbacks. 20180625_Overall Run & Heiskell Hollow Loop. Stay on Fox Hollow Trail—past rock piles and the Fox family cemetery—back to your starting point. 0000040651 00000 n 0000496062 00000 n 0000061205 00000 n 1.2-mile circuit.75-hour hiking time Easiest 310-foot elevation gain From the trailhead, located across the Skyline Drive from Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, go left onto Dickey Ridge Trail, then right onto Fox Hollow Trail. File Size: 450 kb: File Type: pdf: Download File. The trail is primarily used for hiking. 0000515418 00000 n 0000492946 00000 n 0000275924 00000 n Buck Hollow — Cave Falls — Pass Mountain Loop. 0000008300 00000 n After about 1.6 miles on the AT, you'll reach the junction for Coon Den Falls Trail which will head off to the left. 0000064682 00000 n 0000507783 00000 n (Note: the trail heading right leads to the Elkwallow picnic area, but not the Elkwallow Wayside where the loop began.) (Note: Wear long pants—and perhaps bring a stick to avoid encounters with colorful arachnids. From Thornton Gap entrance, take Skyline Drive south for 5.2 miles to the Pinnacles Picnic Area entrance. In this guide, we’ve reviewed our full collection of hikes and walking routes in the Appalachian Mountains to bring you the top 20 hiking routes in the region. Piney Ridge Trail, Shenandoah National Park, First impressions of the Piney Ridge Trail? 0000006879 00000 n 0000347300 00000 n 0000005980 00000 n 0000418602 00000 n 0000491697 00000 n 0000026549 00000 n Double waterfall along Thornton River Trail, Upper waterfall, Thornton River Trail, Shenandoah National Park. 0000506052 00000 n 0000046600 00000 n At last, nearly three miles from the first creek crossing, the trail spits out onto Skyline Drive at an unmarked parking area. 0000507709 00000 n 0000558353 00000 n 0000009443 00000 n Pick up the Appalachian Trail on your right as you top out in the picnic area, before the road starts looping around. 0000038553 00000 n 7.7 miles and 2,200 feet of elevation gain/loss. We hiked the Piney River Trail (accessed near the Thornton Gap entrance to Skyline) which led to the Range View Cabin. 0000038067 00000 n 0000511777 00000 n Just above the higher flume lies a series of smaller, photogenic cascades. In the first few hundred yards, the trail nearly disappears on a couple of occasions; follow the blue blazes to stay on track. 0000418641 00000 n 0000563682 00000 n 0000509746 00000 n 7. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. A rock wall separates the creek from what was once an old road, and the remains of a stone house—probably dating to the 19th century—are visible on the left. 0000275963 00000 n and Knob Mt.,Trails the Knob Mt. Well-placed rocks assist with the traverse, but one should take caution when crossing the Thornton. Trailhead: Newfound Gap. 0000000016 00000 n 0000494326 00000 n 0000504160 00000 n Cutoff Trail back to Elkwallow Parking Lot. (3,052 ft.). 0000512825 00000 n 0000513834 00000 n 0000514850 00000 n 0000497341 00000 n On a hot Saturday in July, I encountered only one pair of hikers—on the Piney Ridge Trail—before descending through a remote pocket of Shenandoah so sparsely visited that the route had become virtually a network of wiry spider webs. The loop hike described below takes off from the RV parking lot—just east of the store near the easternmost entrance to Elkwallow. 0000454306 00000 n After.4 miles, the AT turns right, but you continue straight for the summit. Appalachian Trail: Ashby Gap to VA 605 Go up, down, and around several geological obstacles and into shady stream hollows on this 6.8-mile dayhike. We were able to find an easy trail via the NPS app (highly recommend), since we had not packed good hiking shoes. 0000503497 00000 n 0000037612 00000 n Somebody picked up on that … While it’s yet another 2.4 miles to Elkwallow, the AT portion is straightforward and, within the exception of a hill early on, mostly downhill. J4P��7���gx��;�^ m@t!�lq��8�`º��. Spring through fall, enjoy a refreshing, cold drink at the Elkwallow store. 75 0 obj <> endobj xref Want to go hiking in the Appalachian Mountains? The Fork Mountain route drops 900 feet over the course of 1.2 miles, finishing at a junction with the east-west bearing Hull School Trail. 0000025740 00000 n Rather than trying to hike the whole thing at once (as if), I pick up sections here and there along the way. DIFFICULT 16.0 mi. 0000499127 00000 n ; Hang a right to head uphill on Hull School Trail; Continue on Hull School Trail, crossing the Piney River, and passing the Bolen Family Cemetery. 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