Appalachian Trail: Snickers Gap to Blackburn Trail Center

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Appalachian Trail: Snickers Gap to Blackburn Trail Center is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bluemont, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.7 miles 2040 feet Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife


23 days ago

hiking

I loved this rigorous hike. Good hiking shoes are a must, on this hilly rock laden part of the AT. I almost ran out of water today and it was a sunless breezy day (brought 36oz, should have doubled, as this would have not had enough on a hotter day). I look forward sharing this special hike with friends and can't wait to do it again.


23 days ago

backpacking

Excellent trail. Very well marked. Some difficult, rocky terrain. A lot of up and down hills. Loved it.


2 months ago

hiking


3 months ago

hiking

We backpacked from Blackburn trail center to Ashby Gap through the Rollercoasters in two days. Approx 5500 feet of vertical and carrying 30+ pound packs made this trail challenging. I'm over 50 in ok shape and it took two 11 mile days with 7 hours of hiking each day. There aren't huge mountains but the continuous up and down adds up. We took our two Labradors and they made it ok; very tired like their owners. The trail is well maintained and well marked. There is a mix of rocky, sandy, smooth dirt, gravelly, small stream crossings, great overlooks...basically a small sample of everything you can expect to see on the AT. There were many good water sources, shelters and campsites. Overall I enjoyed the challenge of completing this section and imagine it would be much easier doing an out and back day hike, but then you miss the opportunity to enjoy an amazing sunset and sunrise camping on one of the overlooks.


5 months ago

hiking

We did this trail last summer on a perfect hiking day.Challenging but doable for our 65+ ladies. I want to plan another similar hike on AT in April. How is this trail different than the Snickers Gap to Blackburn Trail Center?


8 months ago

hiking

Great up and down , up and down workout.
Hight is only 1200 to 1500 feet but not 4800 feet. All trails add wrong height for this track.
Beautiful view from top in WV once we are in that area.


9 months ago

hiking

This is a fun hike. I would personally say its not a a very strenuous hike even though I am just a beginner hiker.

I also dont think there was a 4800ft elevation - can someone please comment on this information.

This was definitely not a loop trail, I am not sure why it says so - its very misleading. For all those who are planning on hiking this one - please be advised that its about 7 miles one way. So if you want to get back to your car parked on Route 7 its about a 14 mile hike and you will ve to retrace your steps.

Something I found out at the end of the hike is that the ATC offers shuttle service. Look up the ATC website for more information - you might ve to contact them a week or so in advance to use this service.

I hope this information helps a few hikers and please correct me if I am wrong anywhere.


10 months ago


10 months ago

hiking

Nice


11 months ago


1 year ago

hiking

Agreed that poles and boots are a good idea due to the small rocks. I used my microspikes for the ice/snow on certain portions of the hike. Lots of gentle up-and-down in the terrain. My big dog did really well with frequent water breaks (every 30 mins). I love hiking the AT in the winter because it's not crowded. Great workout!


1 year ago

hiking

Get to this trail at the parking lot just north of 7. Easy access. Nice up and down hike. You can get a worthwhile hike in 30 minutes if you are in a hurry. Or, if you have more time, you can go up and down for hours and get a great workout. Good views. Never too crowded.


1 year ago

A great hike, the only problem I had is it says it's a loop. I could not find the looping part and had to back track a few times. Other than that very good. Also very rocky.


1 year ago

hiking

I love this hike. Have done it many times with friends and family. Once even had an office brain storming session on this trail. For whomever asked about dogs on the trail: one, young, and in shape animal might work if you went midweek in cooler weather. This hike has a lot, and I mean a whole bunch, of rocks which could be hard on dogs feet. VA summers are really humid, there is one small stream along the way. multiple animals might be difficult since the AT traffic can be frequent. I personally wouldn't do it.


2 years ago

hiking

Great hike.


2 years ago

hiking

There are only a few parking spaces at the trail head on this section of the AT and we were lucky enough to get the last one. The trail is very rocky and challenging at the point where it steeply drops down about a third of the way to the Crescent Rock Overlook. Some of the other hikers on the trail gave up and turned around at this point. The view from the Crescent Rock Overlook makes it worth the effort to get there. After you finish the hike, the restaurant down the road at horseshoe curve is a good place to stop for lunch.


2 years ago

hiking

We definitely enjoyed the trail. Due to rocks & leaf debris boots & poles are a good idea.


2 years ago

hiking

For those of you who have done this portion of the AT...is it suitable for dogs? I'd really to do this hike with my german shepherds, but not if it's dangerous for them. I appreciate your advice!


2 years ago

hiking

This was a nice, medium length hike with a lot of elevation gain. It is really rocky so make sure you are prepared with shoes you won't roll an ankle in.

Had trouble actually finding the trail-head. When you are on Rt. 7 go over the crest of the hill and then make a right on Pine Grove (?) and the parking will be immediately on your right.


2 years ago

hiking

Make sure you have some good hiking boots. A very rocky but extremely rewarding hike. Get there early to avoid a lot of trail traffic. The AT can be a beautiful experience!