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Don’t let the short distance fool you, this trail is great! The rock scramble at the top is pretty awesome and the views are just spectacular! A great place to watch the sun go down!

Nice moderate hike. The trail was pretty narrow most of the way. We felt very secluded. I don't think we passed but maybe two other hikers while we were on the trail. Really beautiful views at the top.

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13 days ago

I would consider this a sleeper trail that many people simply bypass. On top of that, I would also consider it being moderate as appose to easy. The trail becomes very rocky just getting to the very end of the mountain but there is switchbacks. The trail offers two great viewpoints but the 180 view is at the end on top of a concrete viewing platform. I am a 65 year old daily hiker and I enjoyed the whole trail. Some old timers would be just fine going to the first viewpoint. When you are standing there, look at the lower mountain to your left. That's the end !! There is a sign at the Trail-head and you can loop down from the STONE road near the horse stable.
If you are in the Skyland location then you could also do the Stony Man Trail. We got caught in the fog and rain on that one the day before. I wanted to do it a second time but our day was coming to an end. Skyland has two entry points. One trails at one and the other trail is at the other.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice easy hike for all ages and abilities. Alltrails has a shelter listed just past the summit on the right. I never saw that one. Walked about 30 minutes past the summit to a sign on the left for a shelter. While on the app, I read a review to look for two large oak trees; you can't miss them. Walk another 5-7 minutes past the oak tress and you will see a sign for the shelter about 1/4 off the trail. There is a nice spring just a few yards from the shelter. You can drop your pack at the shelter and walk back to the spring for water, which was the only source of water we saw.

After HIKING a full day in fog and rain we were happy to get to the Big Meadows Campground. On day two, we started out HIKING two trails that were in the same location. With the sun being out the Dark Hollow Falls trail ( To The Right ) was super crowded. If you park at the Big Meadows parking lot you can hike both trails. The Falls lot was full. The Story of The Forest is a super easy nature trail and it was the only area we saw deer. The deer never even moved or acted afraid. They were in a marshy area and some sections were muddy due to it raining the night before.

Great short hike with a great view from the top. took the grandkids ages 4 and 5. They did just fine. we did the loop and loved the short trip on the AT.

The summit was a bit crowded at the top, but understandably so for a beautiful Saturday in October :) The hike was not overly strenuous for an absolutely gorgeous view.

Great little hike very convenient to Skyland Lodge. View from the platform area is spectacular

Good short hike. As noted by another review, it’s marked as “Frazier Discovery Trail”. Easy hike with good views. Trail isn’t very rocky so easy walking for the pup as well.

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1 month ago

No vistas, but the creek was really pretty (you had to cross it several times.) Some trees were down and the trail was obscured in parts. The yellow markers were easy to find though. Not too strenuous, pretty chill.

Great trail. Start to the right and loop around. Wear gloves to scramble on rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike...

great hike and well marked. Views are amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

Very pleasantly surprised. Nice little trail with frequent elevation changes and almost all under shade. The payoff is a viewing platform with a spectacular 270 degree field of view.
Rocky on some parts and this could be a good ankle twister - I’d wear boots next time as opposed to hiking shoes.
My four year old did it under her own steam and my almost three with some portage. Good trail for families as it is not too long and enough twists and turns and ups and downs to keep the trek varied.

Fairly easy. Some grade at times and a few rocks under foot. Did it with a 7 and 6 year old. Beautiful view.

great short hike if you are staying at skylodge and want to kill time before dinner. we are unsure made it to actual end of trail since we didnt see marking. after 30 min into hike we turn back at one of great view site. either way we had a great time.

hiking
2 months ago

Gap Run is an ok trail, and you can make it a bigger loop by adding the north ridge (a little more difficult) and then back on south ridge to Boston Mill Rd. However, you get better views by simply doing the Piedmont Overlook trail.

unbelievable views. great trail

Coming from south there is a very similar trailhead and parking lot. Make sure you start at the “summit” parking lot else you can walk a couple of miles on the east side and the same distance or more to the west — none of which have a view or cross the AT!

hiking
3 months ago

If you’re staying at Skyland Lodge this trail is easy to find but if you’re looking for it from Skyline Drive you won’t find it unless you turn into Skyland. It’s an easy trail that goes out to a little observation point with very nice views. Warning for anyone with bee allergies - the observation point was swarming with bees when we were out there. Be careful! This is a great trail for a quick filler hike.

Amazing view from the top. Me and my 3 year old did it easily in just under an hour. Don’t climb the rocks, the official guide book states this will kill hundreds of
Years of lichen on the rocks with just one footstep! Highly recommend.

Beautiful view and very easy hiking

Gorgeous 360 views at the top of the summit. I did climb up the rocks to get to the very top

Short and easy. Climb on and To the top of the talus boulder field for summit views. My kids (10 and 13) did it to get out of the car and stretch out legs on our way deeper into Shenandoah and they loved it.

Nice hike through the woods - single file almost the whole way, a couple of nice views.

Great view at summit and rewarding for a short hike. Fair amount of traffic.

hiking
4 months ago

What a great little hike to an amazing view point. Not super hard, but takes an hour and a half to go out and back while enjoying the view. Some elevation change, but do-able for our family of 8 and 11-year old kids and a dog. Absolutely deserted at 10 am on 4th of July week! Take advantage of this hidden gem!

P.S. Why are there two descriptions of the same hike on AllTrails?

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