Wildcat Mountain Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Marshall, VA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Settler house ruins and solitude make for a great day! The first part of the hike is strenuous as you have to climb over the 1st ridge using switchbacks, but the hike is flat after that.
The website says NOT accessible to dogs.
I thought the trail was easy not moderate. However, I am an active adult and didn't have my children or small dogs with me this time. No awesome views to look out on, but there is a rock wall that runs along the trail a little bit and there are two little rustic building structures that you come across.
GPS tracks this as 2.92 miles
This hike was actually 4.94 miles total !! After reading others reviews , I decided to turn on my Fitbit activity tracker one while we hiked . So ...., 2.9 miles is most likely just the loop portion , plan for one mile up and back . Lots of spiderwebs !! Quiet , rocky and steep in spots . We enjoyed it and it's close proximity to 66 . Would do again for good cardio workout !
Seems a lot longer and was a bit hard for the kids. Very uphill with not many views for a long time. VERY good workout though!
Well, this trail wasn't too difficult for me, but my wife (who is not very in shape) had a very difficult time. There is quite a climb to the loop and the loop itself has quite a bit of up and down. And, on top of that, there really are not scenic overlooks at all - might be better in winter when the leaves are not on the trees. We went on the Tuesday after Labor Day and didn't see anyone else the entire time. Give the number of spider webs I walked through or had to takedown with a branch, I'd say this trail doesn't see a lot of traffic. If you're in shape, it's a nice moderate work out of a hike through the woods. If you're not in the best shape, this is going to be quite difficult and you may well give up before getting to the main loop.
Great for my dogs they dnt really like other dogs during the week in the mornings we encountered one other person with a dog. That's why I pick lightly trafficked trails less dogs an people. I did not see an scenic overlooks think the pictures of overlooks were taken off the trail. There were no mile markers but there were signs to keep you on path. Will go with my dogs again good trail especially if your trying to stay away from the crowd.
Nice hike with good elevation change.l along the trail.
Nice hike and a little tough until you get to the loop. No overlooks or pretty views.
3 stars for the difficulty. first half is straight up with a bunch of twist and turns and slightly rocky in places. second half is much more relaxing, smooth trail. well maintained.
nice little house area people stop to look at.
I went right at the split. pass the house area, and a little further there is a pretty cool small rock formation. best part of the hike.
this is a one time only type of hike, in my opinion.
It was a very nice, maintained trail. I completed the loop in less than two hours. The trail was a little slippery from all the rain this weekend; so I had to take my time going downhill. A great trail if you'd like to get a quick hike!
I brought two dogs with me I'd say it's a little harder than most trails in northern Virginia in the beginning but you can get a nice pace going when you get to the loop
It's a fun, little trail. The hike up to the loop can be tiring if you haven't done anything too physical for awhile. Once you're up there, it's not too bad.
I was expecting more views than it provides. The trees block any view that looks promising, but you can find some facing the Blue Ridge when the leaves are absent.
Still, it's a fun walk in the woods and hard to get lost on (green and yellow trail signs are everywhere). Some small creeks to cross and an interesting small stone shack along the way
Probably it's most inviting when the summer sets in with green in abundance.
A lot harder than expected. The first 3/4mile is a steep incline wandering back and forth up the mountain. About a 500' change in elevation from starting point to where the loop trail begins.
Dogs loved it, 9yr old had no issues, just the adult heavy breathing and sucking down the water.
My wife and I did the loop trail, it sure seemed longer than 2.9 miles. The trail from the parking area to the top of the mountain turns into more of a goat trail. Very steep and rocky with lots of switchbacks. Not for the very young, or anyone not use to the exercise. The loop trail on top of the mountain was easy walking. Not much to see but woods for the most part. There are some old stone walls, and from what I gather an old farm house and spring house, neither one much to look at. Perhaps a plaque with a little history would be nice. The trail is fairly well marked and some of the trees are marked with plaques telling you what specie they are. Not a bad little trail to walk off too much Thanksgiving turkey, football, and beer.
Nice. Lots of spiders. My 4 year old needed to be carried for about one mile of the three. I liked how it was steep at first so the final part was downhill. My 6 and 8 year olds did fine.
I went on this hike because I read that it isn't too crowded. Well, apparently other people had the same idea. I was with my 10 month old German Shepherd puppy and we ran into two other couples with dogs and another without a dog. The trail itself was a very steep climb without leveling out at all on the way up. I used to hike often but am just getting back into it and didn't even get up the mountain. I will try this again after a few weeks.