This park's hours of operation are between 8 a.m. and dusk. NOTE: This park is a Trash Free Facility - refuse must be removed by park visitor. A central refuse collection area is at the Cullers Overlook. The park is 1,604 acres with 5.6 miles of river frontage along the south fork of the Shenandoah River. The rolling, mountainous land features steep slopes and is mostly wooded. In addition to meandering river frontage, the park offers scenic vistas overlooking Massanutten Mountain to the west and Shenandoah National Park to the east.

Short and steep trail with great view of the river at the peak. Also the state park is an excellent place to camp.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Couldn't get up to the trail because the road was closed.
The route was not into the state park but a backroad through people's driveways. No trespassing signs posted and gated roads.

hiking
9 months ago

Trail was quiet, no other people. It's a low incline up for the first half of the trail loop. I would classify this as easy rather than moderate. No particular viewpoints, but easy path and well maintained. Would be good for mountain biking as well as walking. Surrounding campgrounds look nice. Parking lot large, well maintained bathrooms at trailhead and river access for a swim post hike.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Great little workout. Be careful if it's wet, lots of slate rocks. Great view, there is a bench about half way if you need to rest.