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Two amazing views, a mostly uphill experience. -1 star for the length of road at the end. Gravel is not my favorite. Spent 8 hours on the whole trail including time for pictures.

9 days ago

While we had fun on this hike, the terrain varied like our emotions on the hike. The actual trail begins at the trail head of Boone’s Run which lead to some confusion. The trail is hard terrain and requires boots as it has insane changes in elevation, but amazing views and water scenery. There is no parking except on the street or by a shooting range.

on Mason-Dixon Trail

26 days ago

Difficult, but beautiful! Would do it again as a group hike.

Great hike, with better views than expected. Started at the most westerly side and went clockwise, meaning all the good views were in the first 1/3rd of the hike. The views face westerly so better to move in this direction if you want to have the sun at your back for photo taking. Arriving in the afternoon would put the sun right in your face on the photos. The southern half of this hike is smooth but can get a bit boring. Enjoyable afternoon hike.

Great trail! Went out on St. Patrick’s day for an overnight trip. Saw a good amount of people. Great hike to get some elevation without super strenuous uphills. Excited to come back and do this again.

A very nice hike. Too many stream crossings too count. Those crossings are fun and not hard to do (in the winter at least).

In January this year I hiked a loop in Cowans Gap SP:

Parking lot - Tuscarora Trail S. - Geyer Trail - Cameron Trail - Plessinger Trail - Lakeside Trail - Parking lot

Total 4 miles long.

All sections of the loop were well maintained. Saw a few people fishing on the frozen lake near the end.

5 months ago

You'd never know somebody could be so happy finding a trail. About a year ago this time last year, I entered the Kaylor's Knob (or Ridge) Trail at the Massanutten overlook in the afternoon for what I thought would be an out and back short run, having never been on the trail before. Well it was a little late in the afternoon and all I had on were my running shorts and a tee shirt. Somehow I missed the "end" of Kaylor's Knob and never turned around. I thought I was doing a big circle, but little did I know I was just going farther and farther north into the woods. It finally got too dark for me to see safely, so I sat on the little path, (prayed a little that it wouldn't rain) and spent the night shivering in the woods. Why didn't I call someone? - I was "that guy" in this case - no phone on me! as I thought I would be back at the overlook in no time. At 6:23 a.m. the next morning (I remember the time precisely) I started off again. It was only about 25 minutes later I came across some overnight campers that were camping not too far from the path entrance off of Airey Lane. The park rangers who picked me up said they help find about one hiker a month, but I was the farthest from where I had entered from anybody in a long long time! So anyhow, I've been searching for this path (I'm not from the area) a couple times I've been back and yesterday I finally found it! I had never asked the park rangers where it was they picked me up - I just kept searching the maps and I knew it was a long way from Massanutten . I would do it all over again - but next time will be much more prepared. Thanks for reading - I loved the path btw. I'm not sure what the section after Kaylor's Knob is called heading towards Fridley Gap, I think it called Second Mountian Trail , but there were some pretty knarly paths and dangerous slopes and rock formations. If you get a chance and are in up for it - go for it!

Biked in fall of 2015 and enjoyed with caveats. First it’s flat and straight. Some nice views along the way and a lot of history to check out, and it’s mainly in the shade. But the trail maintenance is poor, lots of roots to discover and if it’s wet, the mud will be miserable. Discovered that it turns to cement when built up between tire and fenders. Like a third brake. Paw paw tunnel was really “cool” and dark. Nice camping spots along the way as well as lock houses that can be rented.

Just finished the Gap Trail this fall and what a difference. This followed the rail lines to Pittsburgh over the continental divide and you’d never know you were climbing 1800’ in a half days ride. No roots to wake you and mostly in the shade. Nice views along several different rivers. Viaduct was spectacular as was Big Savage tunnel. And Amtrak will bring you and your bike back to Cumberland!

Much better ride than C&O.

Nice trail - it's long but a lot of it's pretty flat. I did it as an overnight. There are plenty of well maintained campsites along the way. I'm not a big fan of ending a hike with a 3-4 mile stretch down a road so if I were to do this again I'd park at the head of the yellow trail (Stoney Creek) and head back to the little schloss (purple) trailhead. That way you do the big stretch of gravel road at the start.

Did this as a day hike and it took 10:30 hours, I started walking down some wrong paths and taking some detours to see some lookout points so ended up being 26.6 miles. I saw 4 bears, you may want to wear bells or something. It was a great hike overall!

Working on plannign this hike, can't find anything on it outside this website and need to learn about camping options and leg length (by day). Hoping to do it in two days, planning on driving out THU night and hiking, full day of hiking friday and saturday, leave sunday morning early. If anyone has advice I'd appreciate it.

Spent a little time this holiday weekend trying out my new Zpacks Duplex Tent while doing a quick section of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park Virginia. This time, I hiked from Elkwallow Wayside to Pass Mountain Hut. Along with being hot, sweaty, and buggy, this section of trail was exceptionally boring for me, with few views and little features of interest. Now I know where the nickname "Green Tunnel" comes form. That being said, I did see two bears and a pretty tame deer. Hiking from north to south along this section of trail, there is a spring about 0.5 miles south of the wayside. Once up on the ridge, there are a couple nice tent sites, one about 1.6 miles and the other at 1.9 miles south. There is a very good spring 4.8 miles south of Elkwallow (~2.4 miles north of Pass Mountain Hut) with a tent site right nearby (just south of the spring). These are all what I would consider legal stealth sites in SNP, being far enough away from trail, water, roads, and structures. Pass Mountain Hut is typical for the park and the site hosts a spring, privy, bear box, and bear pole near the tenting area. There are two tenting areas. I used the one behind the Hut on the other side of the very good spring. Lots of through hikers (NOBO) staying there this weekend

10 months ago

Great trail!

Good elevation, cool millipedes, lots of ticks, nice backcountry camping locations, not much water on the AT, and cellular connection for AT&T.

this was long and flat and boring. I did the longest day hike with the sierra club 100k so out and back and the highlight of the day was a thunderstorm. this would be fun for bike packing or a long walk with the fam but as a hike it left a lot to be desired. take extra precautions if you're allergic to poison ivy/oak/sumac because it's rampant.

Friday, April 21, 2017

white oak canyon boundary up cedar run to hawksbill, do loop salamander to hawksbill peak. hop on the trail north to stony man. will pass skyland. strony and little stony til you get to nicholson hollow. take nicholson all the way to base of old rag and then hit old rag. 4 peaks can be done in less than 2 days. Corbin Cabin off nicholson a fair halfway point. Can add robertson peak to the trip. Superb mix of creek, river, waterfall, peak, scramble, views. Everything is breathtaking.

Overall this beats an out and back hike but there are a few miss leading things to keep in mind on this loop.

- The AT crosses Skyline at 3 different parts of this section… all of which provide a better starting location as far as parking.
- It could have been the snow but I never saw a clear connection between the tail head at the north end of the Mt Marshall trail and the AT.
- The Mt Marshall Trail ends at skyline and if you walk up the hill directly in front of you the AT runs parallel to the road a few hundred feet up.
- I imagine it is a bit difficult to find the Mt Marshall trail head without GPS coming from the AT so I did it in reverse.
- Decent amount of running water on and across the trail due to snow melt.

- Trail connections for reverse loop were as follows: parked at Jenkins Gap, Skyline to Mt Marshall trail head, up the hill on the west to the AT, AT to the 3rd crossing of Skyline where it meets up with the Bluff trail, Bluff trail to Mt Marshall trail, and then up skyline back to Jenkins Gap.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Lots of different trails and variations. Okay view wherever we ended up in 30 minutes. Great river rock scramble and rock scrambling up to our view

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Lock 12

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

so many great options for different hikes. certainly my favorite in Virginia. It doesn't have to be any close to 15 miles to see plenty of beauty.

Easy trail for me and my 14 year old dog. Also lots of cool things to discover along the way

Monday, November 07, 2016

know it like the back of my hand a home away from home

Saturday, September 17, 2016

It's beautiful wow most one day visit because I like camping

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I thought it was great! We took many different paths! Ureys Overlook was beautiful! Can't wait to explore the trail more!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The trail is marked fantastically. If you go to the office at the camp grounds they have maps available for all the trails. There are so many, and the terrain is phenomenal. One of the best backpacking trips in PA!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Went around 4/5pm and started on the loop and set up camp off the trail before sundown. It was a gorgeous view from where I was. Woke up early the next morning and finished down the other side to the gravel fire road, I think it was called something "bear" road, it's been a couple years so my memory isn't so sharp. But my hike turned into a 22 mile hike overnight and it was the greatest experience I have ever been on.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Completed loop trail from Camp Overlook area on 2.20.2016. A nice 1/2 day hike.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tried to go yesterday and there were hunters everywhere!! Is that normal for George Washington forest?

I think this should be called the Tuscarora Trail which is a spur trail to the Appalachian Trail. Two miles of it goes through Cowans Gap State Park. From the main parking lot you can take the trail south to a beautiful overlook of Path Valley and Franklin County (about 9 miles out and back). Or you can take the trail south until Geyer trail to Cameron trail then to Plessinger Trail which will get you back to your car (about 5 miles). There are two pretty steeps areas on both these paths and the trail is rocky at times.

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