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The Best Hiking in Shenandoah National Park

Looking for the best hiking in Shenandoah National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Shenandoah National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Shenandoah National Park

  • Free Union, Virginia

    Brown Rocky Mountain Trail

    9.37 mi / 2254 ft gain
    Brown Rocky Mountain Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Dyke, Virginia.
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  • Free Union, Virginia

    Ivy Creek via Appalachian Trail

    2.76 mi / 827 ft gain
    Ivy Creek via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Grottoes, Virginia.
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  • Elkton, Virginia

    Rocky Mount Trail Loop

    3.2
    9.58 mi / 2200 ft gain
    The trail begin 0.1 miles north of Two Mile Run Overlook at milepost 76.2 on Skyline Drive. You can park at this overlook for the night, just make sure you fill out a (free) wilderness permit and walk the short way on Skyline Drive to the trailhead. Immediately climb a wooded knoll before headin...
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  • Crozet, Virginia

    Loft Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail

    1.97 mi / 482 ft gain
    Loft Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Grottoes, Virginia.
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  • Free Union, Virginia

    Hike Frazier Discovery Trail

    5.0
    1.3 mi / 950 ft gain
    There are two ways to the summit: the first is a 1.3 mile loop that starts at the Loft Mountain Wayside parking lot at mile marker 79.5 off of Skyline Drive in the southern district of Shenandoah National Park.  The second way is a 3.7 mile hike out and back from the Loft Mountain Campground, but...
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  • Crozet, Virginia

    Big Run Trail

    9.06 mi / 1890 ft gain
    Big Run Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Crozet, Virginia.
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  • Crozet, Virginia

    Doyles River Loop via Appalachian Trail

    7.86 mi / 1644 ft gain
    Doyles River Loop via Appalachian Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Port Republic, Virginia.
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  • Crozet, Virginia

    Hike to Doyles Falls

    4.9
    3.2 mi / 1190 ft gain
    From the parking lot at MP 81.1 on the Skyline Drive, take the trailhead to the left of the sign with the trail map. Immediately you'll cross over the Appalachian Trail-stay straight on the blue-blazed trail to Doyles Falls. The trail will descend rapidly for 1.3 miles to Upper Doyles Falls (28' ...
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  • Crozet, Virginia

    Loft Mountain Campground via Jones Run Trail

    10.97 mi / 3150 ft gain
    Loft Mountain Campground via Jones Run Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Crozet, Virginia.
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  • Crozet, Virginia

    Hike to Jones Run Waterfall

    4.0
    2 mi / 800 ft gain
    This little known waterfall is located close to the more popular waterfall, Doyles River Falls. Staring at the Jones Run parking area turn left downhill following the blue blazed Jones Run trail. After 1.7 miles you will reach the main waterfall. You can either stay here and enjoy the waterfall o...
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  • Crozet, Virginia

    Great Mountains Trail

    1.51 mi / 259 ft gain
    Great Mountains Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Grottoes, Virginia.
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  • Grottoes, Virginia

    Furnace Mountain Trail

    7.45 mi / 2405 ft gain
    Furnace Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Grottoes, Virginia.
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  • Grottoes, Virginia

    Madison Run Road

    10.12 mi / 1293 ft gain
    Madison Run Road is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Grottoes, Virginia.
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  • Appalachian Trail, Virginia

    Blackrock Summit, Shenandoah NP

    4.7
    1.11 mi / 253 ft gain
    There are two route options, both are under 2 miles and are suitable for hikers of all experience levels. The shortest option, a 1-mile circuit, follows the Appalachian Trail from the Blackrock Summit parking area, which is just north of mile marker 85 on Skyline Drive. With only 175-feet of ele...
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  • 38.2228499608653,-78.7332952022553, Virginia

    Blackrock and Trayfoot Mountains

    3.07 mi / 945 ft gain
    Blackrock and Trayfoot Mountains is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Grottoes, Virginia.
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  • Elkton, Virginia

    Hike to Hightop Mountain, Shenandoah NP

    4.5
    3.2 mi / 900 ft gain
    The parking area for the Hightop Mountain hike is one mile south of the Swift Run Gap entrance on Skyline Drive. If you’re looking to add extra mileage to your hike, you can also park at the entrance and pick up the Appalachian Trail just south of the overpass (doing so will add 1.2 miles each w...
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