Compton Peak Summit Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bentonville, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Skyline Drive milepost 10.4 (Compton Gap) there is a trail to Compton Peak, perhaps the first large mountain accessible from the North entrance of Shenandoah National Park.
I love this trail. The hexagonal shape rock formation found off the east 0.2 mile spur trail is called Columnar Basalt - the result of gradual cooling of lava from a volcano.
A fun and scenic short trail. 1 mile to the T. A short walk uphill to the right leads you to a rocky overlook and a short downhill walk to the left takes you past more of the large rock formations. A moderate hike considering rocky terrain and elevation but short enough for dogs or kids to handle it just fine. The Google maps app will take you too far south on Skyline Dr. You want to park near the sign that says Compton pass. Once in the park, use the map on the AllTrails app and you will get right where you want to go.
Beautiful moderate hike. Be warned, to go down to the lava rocks you will have a descend that is tough to come back up but well worth it!
Second time on the trail. First time hiking down to the rock formations - very neat! It was a steep climb down. I had to take my time in certain spots because there was water flowing on the trail; which made it slippery in certain areas. The view from the summit is always amazing. It's a quick hike that I enjoy starting off with after entering the park. Beautiful views on a clear day.
Great Hike. Date: 2/28/2016
Definitely worth it. Once you get to the top the trails break off to go east or west. The rock structure on the west trail was very unique and worth the hike. The east side trail is worth the view. I would go back either in spring or late summer to do it again to see color! Was a lot of brown colors in March. Saw a deer on the way up Skyline drive.