Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

We went on a warm December day. We started at the South Ridge trail then took Old Trail then Ambassador Whitehouse then Piedmont Overlook. It was 7 miles going that route. There were two beautiful Overlooks, meadows and nice trails through the woods. It was a bit muddy but this year we have had record rainfalls. There was a bathroom and visitors center with gift shop. It does cost $5 to get on the park but well with it. Pick up a map when you come in.

Mostly moderate with one difficult section. If you want a more gradual ascent go clockwise. Mix of forest and open areas. Some nice views. Bathrooms and gift shop at parking area. $5 entry fee. I went when very muddy. Had to use a hiking stick to keep from falling. Most of trail good footing but a few short sections very rocky. Trails very well marked and good trail guide available. Overall really enjoyed.

Gets windy. Bring a jacket.

enjoyed the variety.

The park keys this loop as difficult. Maybe it was the humidity, but I’d rate this loop on the strenuous side of moderate. Great hike though, well marked, beautiful scenery!

trail running
3 months ago

This was nice for a challenging and quiet run with only a couple other people using the trails. I ran it counterclockwise meaning that the views were all within the first couple miles. I’d do it in reverse next time. Trail is varied from non technical fire road to some very technical single track. The two overlooks are beautiful, and the trail is generally a mixture of serene woods and open meadows that keep the run fresh and interesting. If you’re feeling more, add the Snowden loop for an extra 3/4 of a mile or so. I’d happily run this trail again!

I'll echo Chris Bigelow's review. It is a bit steeper than you think so be aware. Nice view from the top. The pic at the top of this page is a good preview. We took Piedmont Overlook up and northridge back down

Great combination of woods, hills and meadows.

Rude horse riders

Fairly short loop on a wide trail, but the steepness and the fact that there is minimal tree cover makes it seem slightly more strenuous than you might expect. Nice view at the top, and there are a lot of butterflies along the trail.

hiking
4 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.

Beautifully maintained. It costs $5 to park. I went after a large rain storm and everything drained well. My app tracked this path as 6 miles but it was very enjoyable and I will definitely return!

We had a great walk today on this trail nice mix of uphill on the front end and some flat and rolling hills halfway through. This is if you start from South Ridge Trail. Great views from Piedmont overlook! Definitely get a map beforehand. we were glad we saw that in the previous reviews.

did this trail mixed with the ambassador trail and the old trail to make about 8-9 miles. nice views and easy paths

Beautiful trail. All the trails in Sky Meadows are marked clearly . The grass in the meadow areas is fairly tall so be sure to do thorough tick checks . I'd say the meadow is obviously easy but once you hit the wooded part of the trail it certainly upgrades to a moderate trail. All in all I did this with my 4 year old son and (aside from whining he was tired during the moderate incline up the mountain lol) he was able to complete it well. You will cross 2 streams ,so be prepared to get a little wet in the feet

Began at AT trailhead at Ashby gap and followed AT to whitehouse overlook to view Paris valley. Doubles back to head toward south ridge trail and used the old AT trail to circle back to trailhead. AT has both canopy and clear areas with well maintained trails. Old AT is just about all shade and trails not used as much. View of Paris valley gorgeous on clear day. The hike is about 6 miles using this loop and trail is generally easy. To moderate

7 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike. Fortunately, another reviewer suggested getting a map from a park ranger. We wouldn’t have been able to follow the series of trails without it. Lucked into a strawberry festival in the park at the end. Nothing like a cold lemonade after a hike!

hiking
7 months ago

Really beautiful views of farms and wildflowers! A nice switch up from regular hikes!

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.

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.

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!

hiking
Friday, November 10, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

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
Sunday, October 01, 2017

A nice trail but make sure to get the map from the park ranger before starting. There is no trail called Sky Meadow Loop rather its a bunch of trails.

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

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
Friday, September 01, 2017

Awesome park. Going up Piedmont Overlook was hard right at the beginning of the hike. I will go the other way up South Ridge next time. This will also be great for the view coming down Piedmont Overlook. Overall awesome hike.

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

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.

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