Snead Farm Dickey Ridge Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Front Royal, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible 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.
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.
An easy hike that's good for beginners. The Snead Barn had two Vultures waiting at the window.
This was a great trail to take the kids on! Our dog had a blast too.
Beautiful trail even in the pouring rain. Highly recommend this trail for beginners. I would recommend taking the Dickey Ridge Trail up to the top then taking a left down Snead Farm Trail. We did not do the Fox Hollow Trail just due to being soaked and cold. We will return during better weather conditions to do this trail again along with the Fox Hollow trail.
was a great hike, we ended up doing the dicky ridge trail to the Snead farm loop. this trail is good for beginning to mid level hikers. The views are great for such a short hike of about 4.5 miles!
Really fun and pretty easy day hike. Good for families too. A plus is that you park right in the parking lot of the store.
This is an excellent first trail for beginners and new comers to the Shanendoah Trail system. I suggest taking the Dicky trail back to the parking lot. It makes a nice circular loop.
Nice hike for my 4 year old.Not many places to camp near there unless you follow dickey ridge for a few miles. But then theres no water source until you reach hickerson hollow
Nice short hike. I have seen bear on this hike more often than not. This weekend saw a sow and her two cubs, one was yelling from up in the tree.
Did this in conjunction with Dickey Ridge and Fox Hollow. The trail is relatively easy and the old Snead barn is interesting.