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Appalachian Trail: Compton Gap to Jenkins Gap

EASY 32 reviews
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Appalachian Trail: Compton Gap to Jenkins Gap is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Huntly, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,253 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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rocky
2 days ago

Quick, easy trail that features the volcanic columnar joints. Close to other trails to extend your hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy but not flat! Be careful if you have bad knees. Well maintained and marked.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail. Has up & down hills throughout & some parts are pretty rocky such as the East & West peaks, but your rewarded with beautiful views from both peaks. Really neat rock formations.

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rocky
3 months ago

I must be out of shape bc the hike up is moderate not easy to me. But once you make it up to the overlook, its got a nice view and the hike back is easy and fast down. We also went down the stairway to the geological rocks and that was rough down and back up. Took us like 2/2.5 hrs and we were slow going.

This was a pretty nice hike. Jenkins Gap is ok but it’s actually just a pull-off point on skyline drive so you don’t really have to hike out there unless you want the miles. The basalt columns are neat as well, but it’s definitely a steep (albeit short) descent to get there. Compton’s Peak was definitely worth it. The overlook is beautiful and not too difficult to get to. With a little walking on skyline to see Jenkins gap overlook we did 5.5

Fam bam time well spent on a Monday mid afternoon . Trail head was right across the parking lot , the drive in the Shenandoah Mts never disappoints and neither does each new trail discovered ! With 4 adults, ESA chihuahua, a child and toddler in tow we made it to the intersection where it splits off to the left , right, or forward ahead. We lingered to the left , but downward was the rock scramble which was nice cause we got to take our time due to the lack of hikers that day hehe. Everyone took multiple water breaks , and when we all found our spot to enjoy lunch it was truly a magic moment. Temperature was perfect , sunny an shady in areas. Bugs were about but not swarming everywhere , I bring tea tree oil every time I’m on the east coast. Best part of traveling this miracle of a world is the memories created and laughter shared .

hiking
6 months ago

it was a nice easy hike. definitely stop at the overlook, the view is amazing.

11 months ago

I love this hike! Great over look at Compton Gap! Easy fun hike

Thu Nov 23 2017

This is a very nice, quick hike. The trail is well-maintained and has log or rock stairs during the steep sections. The trail follows the AT until the last .2 miles, when you can chose from two peaks, west or east. This is a little misleading as the only view is to the right (West peak). The left “peak” (East) leads down the mountain to geologic formations that are unique to this hike. The west peak would be a wonderful place to have lunch or enjoy nice weather.

hiking
Fri Jun 22 2012

Great trail to hike, although can be quite strenuous on certain parts. Just hiked it twice this year in the summer and seen at least 5 black bears each time and other wildlife. Quite an awesome hike with the AT close by.

Sun Aug 16 2009

Convenient to park, hike in and out for an afternoon. It is a good hike to prepare for something more strenuous in the future. 1.2 miles each way along the App. trail. The views were great, and traffic was very light. My wife and dog were able to keep up very easily.

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