Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Enjoyed this change of scenery with some open areas and of course good views.

Very nice and relaxing stroll. Not much change in elevation. Very quiet.

Beautiful hike! Took Piedmont Overlook trail up to Ambassador Whitehouse - pretty steep but worth for the views of Paris, VA. Then connected onto the AT trail for a short period of time prior to linking up on the north ridge trail which has some technical down slopes. All in all a good day with views and rolling hills. some of the distances on the map they gave us seemed a little off.

The trail mixes gently undulating miles through the meadow with a moderate climb to the summit of Lost Mountain. The stream crossings, after recent heavy rains, added some unexpected adrenaline surges. Yes, those rocks are slippery when wet. Overall, it was a great hike, peppered with panoramic views of farmland and timber.

Great place to for those who love to hike and our fur friends. Went there thinking it was going to be an easy hike but being on the side of the mountains, it was harder than expected. Beautiful views of the country side. It can definitely get hot, so be sure to bring plenty of water.

Great trail for a family hike and picnic. Easy enough from the Rt 50 side (Liberty Hill Rd. trailhead) for a 5-year old to complete the out and back without too much trouble.

A beautiful hike; those rolling hills aren’t a joke though, the 1000+ of elevation gain wore us out. There were a good number of people out today, but there’s lots of intertwining trails which helped provide a pretty relaxed and serene experience spreading everyone out. We’ll definitely come here again.

Accessed from AT Trailhead at Ashby Gap to Whitehouse trail, North Ridge trail, South Ridge Trail to AT and returned by Old Trail to make for a longer hike. Gorgeous views of Paris valley on a crisp morning. State park trails well maintained and wide-easy to hike. Initial access had moderate incline. Old AT trail nice and generally avoids open fields unlike current AT trail. This route around 8.8 miles for a good workout.

Sky Meadows is a terrific park, yet another affirmation of Virginia's outstanding park system. This was a cold, rainy day - but an outstanding loop. Some of the best marked trails anywhere. The ranger at the office/store suggested going clockwise, which was great advice as the most rapid elevation gain is the first third going up the South Ridge - leaving the beautiful meadows and spectacular views for the final third and descent back to park HQ. On this winter day, the trails were a bit icy, especially the South Ridge, but doable. The brief stretch on the AT is well maintained and very passable.

Rolling hills, beautiful trees and flowers - perfect hike for the spring. Be cautious however - in the summer it can get very hot and there are limited "shady spots" on this hike so be prepared!

Wooden area, majority of hike you are hiking up the mountain in the woods - very pretty. Gets very steep and strenuous when nearing the top - legs got a beating! Once you've reached the top, it comes to a beautiful overlook. Trail intersects with the AT. Overall great hike - lots of informative signs and trail heads.

Rolling Meadows is very easy to walk (definitely more of a walk then a hike) and is relatively flat for the most part. Excellent views of the surrounding countryside although nothing dramatic like the overlooks in Shenandoah National Park. Trails are very well maintained and wide which is nice when I bring my dog. Several creek crossings as well. Hiked several times but can't beat this one a cool fall day.

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
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

Had a nice trail run coming from the AT on the Rt 50 side, connecting with the "Old Trail" (not a soul on it) and then looping through the Ambassador Whitehouse trail. I like this route a lot better than the typical Sky Meadows trailhead route. Ambassador Whitehouse is nice either way.

trail running
8 months ago

A good trail run with plenty of solitude when coming from the AT off of Rt. 50. Deer and rabbits are pretty tame.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

I love Sky Meadow and all the trails there are a lot of fun.

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

This review is for the trails in Sky Meadows park in general. We made a loop using the north and south ridge trails, gap run, piedmont overlook, and Boston Mill rd. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Use the trail map they give you and choose your own path. The trails are well marked; no chance of getting lost. It rained heavily the day before and some while we were there. Trails were a little muddy and rocks were slick but manageable. Even wet, I'm not sure I'd rate the north ridge trail as difficult. We didn't hike the whole thing so maybe it's more challenging in parts. I'd rate the entire hike as easy to moderate. Some moderate grades but nothing crazy. Lush foliage and beautiful views from a view spots. Nice benches to stop for a snack. Great spot for a day hike. We plan to go back to camp and explore more trails.

Combined Rolling Meadows with Washington's Ridge for a nice hike on a hot day. Rolling Meadows isn't much more than a walk but the two stream crossings are nice along with the views. Washington's Ridge adds a little challenge and some scenery.

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.

Great hike. Next time I would definitely complete the hike finishing with the Piedmont Overlook section (the 0.6 mile section). That way you finish coming down the hill with a beautiful view of the landscape beneath you. Next time I'd shorten the hike on a high heat summer day that it was when we did the hike and go with, Gap Run, to North Ridge, to Piedmont Overlook. Happy hiking!

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
10 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.

We hiked a partial loop of the Blue Ridge backcountry area, starting by the visitor center and historic farmhouse. We thought it best to head up to the Piedmont Overlook first, given the late morning sunny conditions on a warm June day. The short but steep climb did not disappoint. We continued on the wooded North Ridge Trail, returning by way of the Gap Run Trail and Boston Mill Road (we also included the Snowden Loop). This was a special hike for me...a combination of wonderful trails, beautiful countryside views and sentimentality for coming back to my old Northern Virginia home and finally getting to hike Sky Meadows. I would love to return for a fall hike at some point to complete the rest of the backcountry trails.

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