Just an hours drive from Washington, D.C., Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke and Fauquier counties, offers a peaceful getaway on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With rolling pastures and woodlands, the park boasts beautiful vistas of the foothills and access to the Appalachian Trail. Its rich history is shaped by the development of agriculture and the impact of the Civil War. Activities include hiking, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, primitive camping, and nature and history programs. Please click here to view a short video of the park.
This hike is in Sky Meadows State park (nominal $5 entrance fee). Beautiful expansive views definitely worth the entrance fee.
When you get the park trail map you realize that this 4.7 mile loop is actually made up of 5 trails (one of them being a small segment of the Appalachian trail). Because of this you definitely need the state park trail map to navigate! Having said that though this park's trails is very very well marked with actual trail names for every one of the trails along the way. Every turn is very well marked!! Trails are well-kept except for part of the yellow trail (which was our last trail in the park) This Trail had some washouts but not real bad. All the trails are the width of small jeep.
The parking area is just great with plenty of room for a lot of cars and where we parked there was a low stone wall that you could sit and put your hiking boots on (very nice).
The hike is a combination of expansive views and in-the-woods hiking.
We do a lot of hiking in Virginia and this by far has been the best marked trails that we've encountered in the state so far!!!
We highly recommend this hike and don't think anyone would be disappointed in this one!
A nice trail that is easy to get to from anywhere in Northern Va. If you hike counterclockwise and take the huge hill first, it can be a tough slog if you're not warmed up (or have been riding in a car for a while)
The view from the top is really nice and open, making the tough climb more than worth it.
Nice trail that flattens out to a pleasant highland meadow. The trail typically offers views of Paris, VA, however Sky Meadows was enveloped in a thick blanket of fog during this hike and the Paris Overlook was completely obscured. This created an interesting atmosphere for our jaunt through the forests and fields, but I look forward to returning on a clear day to take in the views.
Walked this yesterday in the snow and saw nice views of rolling hills. The section within the park is a bit short, so added a bit on the Appalachian Trail to increase the mileage. All trails are well marked. The Appalachia Trail does hook back up with the park trails, even though it is in't obvious on the alltrails map. Paid $5 using the honor system envelopes at the entrance booth to park; saw some people get ticketed for not paying, so I'd pay the fee if you stop by an no one is manning the station.
The cool thing about this trail is it connects with a few others. Hiked Piedmont Overlook to Ambassador Whitehouse to Appalachian South Trail to North Ridge to South Ridge and then finished on Boston Mill Road to connect the loop. Although it was overcast, the views were beautiful. I would love to hike this trail again. My roommate also brought his dog, a few rocky parts, but very well maintained trails and mostly grass fields. Stopped at Paris View for some time just before connecting with the Appalachian Trail.