Piedmont Overlook Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews
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Piedmont Overlook Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Delaplane, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

4.7 miles 1085 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

cross country skiing

horseback riding

views

wildlife

Beautiful wooded area, strenuous uphill hiking.

hiking
11 minutes ago

6 hours ago

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!

hiking
21 days ago

trail running
26 days ago

Love the climb and the view. Vertical meadows are a switch for this former flatlander.

trail running
1 month ago

Love the trail network at Sky Meadows. The views on the Overlook trail are pretty epic. Definitely a rigorous climb. :)

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful views. Exquisitely maintained. Windflowers. Benches. Memorial garden. AT hikers and other friendly people.

hiking
5 months ago

The hike starts off going uphill through a cow pasture. I'd say the first 1/3 of the hike was just all uphill. Some nice views along the way up though! I went on a Sunday morning on a holiday weekend, and there were plenty of people, but mostly spaced out. There are so many trails that I only ran into a dozen or so other people. Overall, I enjoyed the hike and would do it again!

5 months ago

Fun trail. North ridge trail offers more of a challenge.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Great trail. Vertical climb all the way up to the top. Beautiful view!

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Offered great views on a clear, hot day. Wildflowers in bloom, blackberries and raspberries growing on the side of the trail and lush undergrowth this time of year. Always worth the walk.

hiking
7 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike with our dog. The trails are marked well and the views are awesome.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, extremely well marked and plenty of options to wander around. The map on this site isn't the only option, probably 20+ miles worth of trails scattered around.

hiking
11 months ago

A very quick hike with a nice payoff. The views are beautiful all the way up and down this one. A perfect family hike. If you're in the mood for a longer hike, you can quickly connect to several other trails from Piedmont Overlook, including the AT. We hit the North Ridge/South Ridge Loop for a nice meander back to the Sky Meadows parking lot.

hiking
1 year ago

1 year ago