Blackrock Summit Via Trayfoot Mountain and Appalachian Trail

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Blackrock Summit Via Trayfoot Mountain and Appalachian Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grottoes, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 180 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Easy effort for a rewarding view. Could have spent hours on those rocks!

hiking
2 days ago

nice hike for the family, especially climbing and the view of the rocks!

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Good trail. Pretty mild elevation change. At the summit there is a large rock scramble.

hiking
15 days ago

Amazing summit! The views are impressive but the massive rock piles will make your jaw drop! See for yourself...

hiking
16 days ago

Very accessible, short trail with a gorgeous payoff! Our 4 year old enjoyed hiking it alongside us.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a great trail to take with people who don’t really want to be out hiking very long, but are physically capable of handling slippery rocks and uneven surfaces. Wonderful views! About 3/4 of it is shaded when leaves are on trees. We saw a snake right in the trail, which was interesting, but waiting for it to move on meant others caught up to us and it got a little crowded.

hiking
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

Very simple little loop hike with an amazing view for the payoff. I hiked it with my dog and it was very easy for her to manage all the rocks. Though the summit parking lot looked busy on a Wednesday afternoon, we only came across 3 other people on the trail. We were warned that there were several copperheads just off the trail on some rocks around the bend, but (thankfully) didn’t see any.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Insanely rewarding for only a mile hike, especially if you do the rock scramble to reach the summit. You get beautiful views if you don’t wish to climb rocks, but I’d say it’s definitely worth it to get the 360 view. Probably the most beautiful smaller hike we did.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Easy, beautiful hike! Watch out for the rattlesnakes.

hiking
1 month ago

Blackrock Summit is an easy hike, even for this senior citizen. The trail hugs a contour line most of the way so it's fairly level or mildly uphill. I took the AT up to the boulder field and the Trayfoot Mountain Trail back down to see a bit more scenery. While the boulder field is impressive and the trail through it level and easy to walk, to me it was the expansive view that I really liked. This is a really good hike for those who have difficulty hiking because it is so easy so it's a good hike for when you just want to do that one extra hike.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

good quick trail. YOU DONT HAVE TO GO TO THE SUMMIT. there are good views for thoes who dont want to climb on rocks. really flat. really good trail for everyone. if you want to get to the summit there is some scramble but you dont have to summit to get the view. 5 stars great hike.

hiking
scramble
2 months ago

The trail is shaded during this time of year until you reach the summit, which it and the rock scramble are in full sun. Many of the summit rocks are loose and wearing ankle supporting footwear would be beneficial. The trail itself is easy to traverse. On the return trip, following the fire road will quickly return you to another corner of the trailhead's parking lot. The trailhead sign is an interesting read on the geology. The trailhead parking lot is mile marker 84.4 and labeled with Blackrock Summit, which you'll pass another Blackrock parking area before then if driving up from the southern entrance of SNP.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail to share a summit view with my wife and 5 year old son in July 2017.

nature trips
7 months ago

This is an amazing trail for the entire family. It is labeled easy, but I’d call it moderate for children or out of shape individuals. The trail leads to an unbelievable view and some cool features. Definitely a must for the family or for anyone that wants to hike but isn’t prepared to go very far in. Bring some lunch, and enjoy the views while you dine :) *Not stroller or wheelchair friendly :(

hiking
8 months ago

Don’t let the short distance fool you, this trail is great! The rock scramble at the top is pretty awesome and the views are just spectacular! A great place to watch the sun go down!

8 months ago

The summit was a bit crowded at the top, but understandably so for a beautiful Saturday in October :) The hike was not overly strenuous for an absolutely gorgeous view.

9 months ago

Great trail. Start to the right and loop around. Wear gloves to scramble on rocks.

9 months ago

great hike and well marked. Views are amazing!

10 months ago

Fairly easy. Some grade at times and a few rocks under foot. Did it with a 7 and 6 year old. Beautiful view.

11 months ago

Beautiful vista view. Easy trek.

hiking
11 months ago

Coming from south there is a very similar trailhead and parking lot. Make sure you start at the “summit” parking lot else you can walk a couple of miles on the east side and the same distance or more to the west — none of which have a view or cross the AT!

11 months ago

Amazing view from the top. Me and my 3 year old did it easily in just under an hour. Don’t climb the rocks, the official guide book states this will kill hundreds of Years of lichen on the rocks with just one footstep! Highly recommend.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful view and very easy hiking

11 months ago

Gorgeous 360 views at the top of the summit. I did climb up the rocks to get to the very top

hiking
11 months ago

Short and easy. Climb on and To the top of the talus boulder field for summit views. My kids (10 and 13) did it to get out of the car and stretch out legs on our way deeper into Shenandoah and they loved it.

hiking
11 months ago

it was beautiful

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