Limberlost Trail

EASY 10 reviews
#29 of 107 trails in

Limberlost Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Luray, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.3 miles 124 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. Park at the entrance to Old Rag fire road at milepost 43.

Easy trail for all. Even off road stroller friendly and/or wheelchair. Saw 2 deer as well!

3 months ago

Very nice and easy trail for all levels. Sadly, did not see any wildlife but it was a very pleasant walk for our whole family (ranging in ages 2-60+), followed by lunch at Skyland after. Also intersects with other trails, including White Oak.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike to do with kids, especially if you have the Shenandoah NP scavenger hunt book. The kids will really enjoy finding the cool rock formations and smelling the new birch trees. We saw a mother deer and young fawn on the trail, took a ton of pictures, and generally had a nice, relaxing walk. As per other reviews, it's very level gravel - perfect for a scavenger hunt.

5 months ago

hiking
2 years ago

Great easy trail. As a local of Luray and a veteran to the park, I have encountered the greatest animal density on this trail. From black bears to rattlesnakes to deer and everything In between. Great place for bird watchers because the trail runs through the Limberlost swamp which provides habitats for great birds and animals in general. This trail is a Great night hike. Light up and grab the GPS( not that you'll need it) but you will be surrounded by animals and nature on this trail especially at dusk! The only downside is during peak seasons at the park this trail can get crowded by the public. So make sure you choose your times wisely.

hiking
3 years ago

This is the easiest of the three easy trails at Skyland but it is not as scenic as Millers Head or Stoney Man.

hiking
3 years ago

I agree with the other reviewers that this is one of the easiest trails in SNP. But it does not offer the big panoramic views of Millers Head or Stony Man, both of which are almost as easy. What it does offer is abundant wildlife. And it does connect with White Oak Canyon Trail if you want to see some beautiful waterfalls.

hiking
3 years ago

This was an extremely easy hike. Very enjoyable to hike with small children. We saw a ton of wildlife and the kids enjoyed catching newts. They were also tickled when they found a very large rabbit sitting right next to the trail on a log that was not afraid of us in the least. We will definitely do this stroll again! Great way to spend a Sunday evening!

walking
4 years ago

Definitely the easiest trail in Shenandoah National Park, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. It was a great change of pace to rest my limbs from other more intense trails like Dark Hollow Falls. You should check it out if you're in the mood for a stroll.

hiking
4 years ago

This is one of the easiest hikes in Shenandoah national park. The trail is level, has a crushed rock surface, and is ADA accessible.

The scenery on this hike is pleasant, passing through several forest ecosystems. If you have hiked this trail in the past, however, as we did in 2002, you'll notice something missing: hemlocks. The trail once passed through a stand of impressive old growth hemlocks, but the trees have been killed by the hemlock woolly adelgid. Since the trail is ADA accessible, the park service has (understandably) removed the dead trees so that they don't pose a danger to hikers.

The trail is good for wildlife sightings. It's hard not to see white-tailed deer here, and we were able to spot a doe with its week-old fawn. If you're into rocks, there is a nice example of greenstone with columnar jointing near where the trail meets the White Oak Canyon trail.