Hike to the Piedmont Overlook

0.61 miles 400 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Sophie Lamarche

A short, family-friendly hike to one of the best views that Sky Meadow has to offer!

In just a .61 mile trail, Piedmont Overlook has so much to offer in terms of views and although it is fairly steep, anyone can do it! 

After arriving at Sky Meadows State Park start heading up to the white park office building, this is where the trail begins. To get to the trail head follow Boston Mills Road for about 400 ft until you see the  post with the Piedmont Overlook arrow pointing you to the right. Then follow the steps up and turn right at the fork towards the bridge (there is another sign for the Piedmont Overlook, so you won't be able to miss it). After the bridge the only place to go is towards the trail, so follow the well trodden trail up to the cattle-proof entrance! This goes without saying, but take a left instead of a right after the cattle-proof gate so you don't end up back at the camp office. About halfway to the top there are two benches, so you are able to sit and take a break while enjoying the view. Again at the top there are two more benches, so after a steep hike you can enjoy a snack while taking in views of the mountains and valley alike. 

As you hike up, don't forget to turn around and look behind you, the view is astounding! 

I would highly suggest wearing shoes that you don't mind getting dirty, as this trail is more often then not extremely muddy and slick. Sky Meadow has done a nice job mulching parts of the trail to keep it from getting slick in some places, but not all of them. If you are careful and watch your footing, then the mud shouldn't be a problem! 

If you are interested in hiking even more after the Piedmont Overlook, you have plenty of options that connect with the top of the Piedmont Overlook. Ambassador Whitehorse is another trail with a view that you can get to with an extra mile after Piedmont Overlook. 

As always don't forget to follow Leave No Trace principles. 

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area


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ūü•áTop Contributor

4 months ago

Great for a date

Short (although surprisingly steep) hike for sweeping views of the Piedmont region of Virginia. As the author noted, there are spots to stop for shade/catch your breath, but keep in mind that during the summer this can be a very hot hike. I'd recommend you start early to avoid the heat and humidity!

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