Explore the most popular trail running 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.

I started off on the South Ridge Trail which has some decent elevation gain but not too terrible, went to the AT, down Ambassador Whitehouse and detoured off to the North Ridge Trail instead of the Piedmont Overlook so that I could stay in the shade (the trail to Piedmont Overlook is mostly in direct sunlight) - was roughly 5.5 miles. It was very buggy - be sure to bring bug spray. Some sections of the South and North Ridge Trails were a bit overgrown - so long pants may be best. Beautiful views and some amazing wild flowers! There is a $5 admission fee. You can pick up a park map at the entrance. There is plenty of parking at the visitor center (with an overflow parking lot for busy days). There are also bathrooms at the visitor center.

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hiking
1 month 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.

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

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Not difficult imo. Shaded most of the way. Be wary! Tics galore! Pulled 22 off my dog and one off myself

Great trial. Did it with my mom (64) who is a very beginner hiker and not so fit. We took our time and her walking poles really helped. We did the South Ridge to the North Ridge then to the Piedmont Overlook. It ended up being about 5 miles. Lots of varied terrain. Not very rocky. This loop had gradual elevation which was better for a beginner hiker. Overall t was a wonderful hike. Beautiful overlooks and well marked trials made for a great day.

My favorite spot when I’m in town. Just challenging enough to give you a workout but the views from the top are so worth it.

Love the views

It had some nice views and was a pretty easy trail for young kids.

hiking
3 months ago

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

Very pretty trail. Nice views, wild life, flowers, birds, small waterfall. Some sections are open, so sun protection is a must. If I did this,again, I would reverse,the direction (start to the left). Lots of other trails in the park, camping and other events.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail that hooks up to the AT. I agree that it is more on the moderate side, I found the terrain gentle enough but there were some sections that are tough on the legs. We were there after about a solid week of rain and the trail was in excellent condition. We also saw trail maintenance going on to make the trail a little wider which definitely made it easier to spot any snakes near the trail. My dog absolutely loved it and we saw a few other dogs on the trail as well. We started our hike around 8:45 am on a Sunday and really didn't see too many people until we were decently through our descent back to the parking area. Many people were beginning their hike at that point. Beautiful views on the ascent and descent with the opportunity to hook up to other trails / overlooks within the park. Additionally, the trail has a decent amount of tree coverage which is nice for hot days. There are still plenty of meadows and overlooks where you get beautiful views. Definitely recommend this hike to anyone who wants a little bit of a challenge. We extended it by walking the AT until Route 17 then turning around, which is nice to add some additional elevation and extending the mileage.

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 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.

hiking
5 months ago

Good local hike when you do not have time to make it out to the Shenandoahs. Not really the usual "hard trail" but the climb can be a bit steep and drawn out as you approach the Appalachian Trail. The trail can be extended by starting a little more to the south and going up the south ridge trail and then linking up to the north ridge and on to the Appalachian trail. Best to go clockwise and start a little later in the day so that when you get to the views back to the east at the overlook, the sun is at your back for better photos.

hiking
6 months ago

Probably more moderate, in reality, but there are some pretty draw-out climbs that can be tough on the quads. North Ridge links with a few other sections (including the AT) in Sky Meadow State Park, and has some really great views of the surrounding area. Trail is pretty well maintained and wasn't all too busy (even in the middle of the day), though there are some sections covered in fallen trees/branches from recent windstorms in the area. Overall a fun day hike!

Great views on the initial ascent up the mountain. It’s was pretty muddy considering all the recent rain but the higher I got, the dryer the trail. After a stream crossing, and another long climb, the North Ridge meets up with the AT. Here the trail turns into open pastures and more great views.

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.

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
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 08, 2017

I did not find this trail particularly hard, especially compared to trails in the white mountains. There are some irksome rock covered portions of the trail near the start and the trip up is pretty unrelenting, but it's not particularly steep. There is no view where the trail meets the AT, however there are lovely views as you descend back toward the park center.

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.

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