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samuel r. on Dickey Ridge Trail
Great day for a hike, only went up 4 miles but it was a good moderate uphill trail!
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.
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.
I did out and back from 522 to comptons gap , aside from the cold there is a whole lot of elevation including lots of switch backs . Not sure who called this trail easy but I would rank it more on the moderate side and if you do out and back the last ascent is pretty brutal . Once you get to the fire road in the park I would say that is easy and not steep . The rocks at the top before you get into the park is pretty awesome ! Pretty bad ass section of the AT and I would recommend it if you like the elevation .