Snead Farm Dickey Ridge Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Front Royal, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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. To access Snead Farm Trail, begin on Fox Hollow Nature Trail which starts at mile 4.6. Snead Farm Trail (mile 5.1) may be accessed at the end of Fox Hollow. Park in the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center parking area.
We brought our six month old lab here for his first hike in mountains. Having hiked some of the more "dramatic" hikes in the park, I didn't go into this one with a lot of expectation other than a nice walk in the woods. I was pleasantly surprised though. Not much elevation change but there are a couple of hills to climb. The walk up the path through the electrical poles was pretty cool. The farm itself was a nice stopping point. Not much to look at, basically an old barn but fun anyway. We kept going and came to a really nice overlook on Dickeys Ridge and took some pics. All in all nothing crazy but it did exceed my expectations.
great views, enjoyed the mixture of trail.
We like the trail however it takes a while to get to the outlook. Overall, it was a good hike!
Started at the Dickey Visitor Center picnic area. Go along the picnic area road and across Skyline Drive onto the service road. Go straight until the service road goes up the hill to the right. You go to the left onto the Snead Farm Loop Trail, which will take you to Snead Barn and then joins to the Dickey Ridge Trail to take you around Dickey’s Ridge (and gives you a magnificent view of the valley). The total loop is about 3.5 miles. It does have some climbing in it. I did it in 45-degree weather (Jan 4, 2017) with rain jacket, sweat shirt, and t-shirt on most of the time except for the climbs, where the jacket and sweat shirt came off. Great trail for a moderate hike. You can add on the Fox Hollow Trail loop to add 2.5 miles to the hike. It joins the Dickey Ridge Trail. BTW, the park trails are open all year long unless the park is closed due to bad weather. And, you can take you dog on this hike with you.
A moderately easy hike to the Snead Farm barn, root cellar and the stone wall/foundation of the farmhouse. The hike up Dickey Hill is slightly strenuous, but the view of the Shenandoah Valley from the top is worth the effort. The trailhead starts on the east side of Skyline Drive, MP 5.1, across from the Dickey Ridge Picnic Area. There are restrooms that the picnic area. Blue blazes mark the trail.
This was selected as an easy trail for kids, and that turned out to be true (we just made it an out and back hike to Snead Farm to limit length, rather than doing the full loop). We also took the kids on the Fox Hollow trail, which I preferred, since it was a footpath through the forest rather than an old farm/utility road.
Good hike. A little steep at first once you leave the road going counter clockwise. Bring a lunch and a blanket and enjoy the view. It's obvious where that'll be.
I would agree with the other reviews on this being an excellent trail for a beginner/new hiker to the Shenandoah. I used to hike more and be in better shape and I'm trying to get back into it. If that describes you as well, know that this is a nice hike but it is not "leisurely" in many places. For a seasoned hiker this trail is a piece of cake. For those not used to hiking, know that this will push you at times, but hopefully you will keep wanting to come back for more!
It was a nice easy walk. Did it pretty quickly with my dog. Nice little viewpoint, and overall a very peaceful and well marked trail.