Explore the most popular birding trails in Sky Meadows State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Meadow part of trail is EASY. Climb to top of Lost Mountain is MODERATE. Scenery is wonderful, especially in meadows. Took hike on unseasonably hot day in early October with my dog. The meadow part of the hike is unshaded and was quite hot. I would recommend this trail for early- to mid-spring or mid- to late-fall for best outcome.

This is definitely not the easy trail! It’s the advanced trail! This trail is the yellow trail. In order to get to it, you have to hike a good portion of the easy blue trail (Rolling Meadows Trail). It definitely has a few places that are very picturesque but the yellow (Lost Mountain Loop Trail) is definitely challenging. 600 feet of elevation, up and down, little rocky, but nicely maintained and wide. Also, it is $5 for cars and they only take cash or check (good faith box).

hiking
4 months ago

This is NOT an easy trail, but it's rewarding. Lots of falling acorns and walnuts and plenty of horse manure to avoid when we were there mid-September. Beautiful views of The rolling hills of Paris, VA, which is my favorite place in northern VA.

This is a nice little trail with some pretty views. Very little traffic. Those I passed were bird watching.

Great Saturday morning hike with my dog. The front half of the trail loop is rolling meadows and the back half is up in the mountains with a creek running down the middle. I was the only person hiking with a few other guys mountain biking the front half. The trail is also open to horseback riding with pull thru parking for trailers. Parking is $5.

An easy afternoon hike with nice views! Great for the pup too!

Our first time in Sky Meadows State Park and hiking their trails. beautiful vistas all around. Most of the trailhead start well inside the park and feed into each other at the visitor center. We brought our young dog and she had a good walk, especially when she cooled off a bit in the small stream. We took the Snowden trail which is it's own loop through the woods, up and down equally. Nice in the shade, a little buggy today, but not bad. All and all, a great Independence Day outing. A note of advise, get to know your trail map so you can choose. I found the map a little more confusing than the trail markers.

This is an easy and pretty woodland loop at the end of Boston Mill Road, which we then took to get back to the visitor center/farmhouse area to complete our beautiful morning of hiking at Sky Meadows.

hiking
6 months ago

We completed the trail near the end of our loop with the Piedmont Overlook and North Ridge Trails. We enjoyed the sounds of the flowing stream as we descended through the woods. However, my favorite portion of the trail was when it emerged to striking rolling meadow views framed by wonderful summer cloud formations and lots of beautiful wildflowers.

This is an easy mile loop on an enjoyable grassy and partially wooded trail with some pretty views of the rolling hills and farmland. It was a good warmup for us for the Piedmont Overlook area. The trailhead is in the first section of the Lost Mountain parking area, just to the right of the barn.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice views

Took Piedmont Overlook to Ambassador Whitehouse to Appalachian Trail to North/South Ridge. Great views and varied terrain. Piedmont Overlook trail is pretty vigorous on the way up but you're rewarded with a great vista and lots of trail options. Well marked and maintained.

Absolutely gorgeous views. Kids handled it.
Loved the views. It was a gorgeous day and not
Too crowded.

hiking
11 months ago

Very pretty even in winter

Beautiful hike with amazing views!

Beautiful. Can't wait to go in the spring

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Took this as an alternative route to Piedmont Overlook. It offered nice shade on a 92 degree day, but it lacked the views you get on the approach up the Piedmont loop trail. Still a nice walk in the woods, though.

Beautiful scenery, rolling hills, lush fields, historical buildings, and lots of wildlife. I wish I'd had more time to explore. Definitely recommend. Just remember to check for ticks.

Absolutely amazing! So many trails that intersect, choose your own tracks. Trails are very well maintained and marked. We had a blast and definitely intend on going back to Sky Meadow State Park to do more trails.

Great views at the overlooks and a nice, varied terrain to keep things interesting. A good family hike. We went straight up the Piedmont Overlook Trail (rather than Gap Run), and then to North Ridge, followed by South Ridge to bring us back to the parking lot. A nice 5.25 mi hike with the kids. Going with the Piedmont Trail rather than Gap Run adds a little bit of mileage, but I think it's worth it for the views you get. Next time, I would probably try it in reverse, ending with Piedmont Overlook. Saw two deer within roughly 20 feet of us. Lots of evidence of deer throughout the highland meadows.

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