Dickey Ridge Trail is a 18 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Front Royal, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
I wouldn't classify this as an easy route if you decide to run it. Long climbs. You'll hit the first couple thousand of feet fairly quick. Nice route to work on your speed hiking;) Fun descents and little traffic if you go in the early AM. I started at the Shenandoah Entrance(road parking) and turned back at Hickerson Hollow. 16 round trip with over 3,300ft of climbing. Solid.
Had a wonderful quiet fall day this week along the trail. Love the park in the fall!
I hiked the northern half of Dickey Ridge along with the Snead Farm Trail and Fox Hollow Trail starting from the Dickey Ridge Visitor ctr parking lot. I was rewarded just a few minutes in when I saw two deer no more than 15 ft away. They casually ate leaves while I photographed them; they must have been pretty used to human traffic as they did not run off. All in all it is an easy hike with moderate inclines at a few spots. There is a nice mtn. view on Dickey Ridge Trail south of the fire rd. I'm sure all of these trails will be extra special when the leaves are changing.
I hiked Ridge today or the majority of the ridge and there was a lot of forest fires but nevertheless it was still a good hike and saw lots of bears... trail isn't that much to see but nevertheless an easy hike with some moderate trails. Unfortunately not many views just a lot of bears and other wildlife
Did this trail in conjunction with the Snead Farm Trail . Trail is pretty easy. The loop too the farm was interesting....the barn is still there but only the foundation of the home exists. Connected to Dickey Hill a bit from there. Then followed that back to the start near the parking area. I actually did the Fox Hollow trail after that.