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Blackrock Summit via Trayfoot Mountain and Appalachian Trail

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Shenandoah National Park

Blackrock Summit via Trayfoot Mountain and Appalachian Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily 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.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 180 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Scramble

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MC S.
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HikingGreat!

We loved this trail. It is an easy trail that ends with a moderate scramble that our 8 year old could accomplish with no issues. The views are gorgeous and the trail is well maintained. We connected from this trail to the Jones Falls trail and ended up hiking almost ten miles total, but because the trails are moderate our 8 year old had no problem doing the hike. The Falls are beautiful but make sure you go all the way down for the full majestic view. Watch out for snakes! We encountered two snakes and a black bear on the trail. Also the trails were heavily trafficked so make sure you have a mask handy as some sections are narrow.

Rachel Clark
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Hiking

Nice easy trail. Parking was easy, too. Nice view at the top. I’d do again- anyone can hike this trail

J A
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Hiking

Other than making it longer than it should have been because we misread the trail marker to the parking lot, this was great. Amazing rocks.

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Veronica Olson
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Hiking

Nice easy hike with a great view at the midpoint. You can scramble up the rocks to get a great 360 panoramic view.

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L A
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Hiking

Incredible view, one of my favorite spots in Shenandoah! I recommend adding on the out-and-back to Furnace mountain for a shady and secluded 7-mi hike.

Eden Marie
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Hiking

Super simple and easy hike with great views!

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Elizabeth Powell
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HikingRocky

Hiked from Jones River parking to Blackrock Summit. Easy hike with some uphill on the way to the summit; beautiful views from the top with unique rock outcropping.

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Julie Strittmatter
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Hiking

Great hike in. We parked at browns gap to enjoy the 5.3 miles. The trail is well maintained and view is gorgeous.

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Grace Inge
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Hiking

Super easy trail with a gorgeous view at the summit!

Kenneth Grimm
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HikingGreat!Rocky

My RECORDING was 1 point 2 miles -.I recommend anybody that is on Skyline Drive to stop and hike this small loop. - The view is to die for. - I am a senior with COPD and this was not hard to handle. - I do recommend hiking poles to make life easier. - A bit of a climb for a half a mile and you will be glad you did it. - Start on the right-side trail first and come down the Fire Rd. - Checkout the small terrace too. - ( Trail-head at mile marker 84.8 Overlook. )

Felicia Woodburn
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Awesome views!!!!

Thomas Culligan
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Hiking

All though I came to the summit from the furnace mountain train which made this a 8.8 mile hike I could not have enjoyed it more! While the trail was rocky and points and a steady incline pretty much the whole way up, I found this trail the perfect difficulty. The views from the top make the trek up worth it. Saw some bear poop on the trail so beware of your surroundings. Would recommend this hike to anyone who wants a bit of a distance hike with plenty of incline. I will be back for sure.

peter ferenz
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Hiking

Stunning view from the top. Looks different from most of the other views in Skyline Drive. Straight up the whole way to the view point and straight down on the return.

Grace Pentecoste
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Hiking

Beautiful!

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Eglė Šeduikytė
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Hiking

Nice view from the top. Path is not difficult but it is marked confusingly which was a bit annoying.

Lebert Shifflett
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Tyler Ferrara
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Hiking

Quick easy little loop with an awesome view of Blackrock. We didn't see any rattlesnakes but the rocks are prime habitat for them and other people mentioned they have seen them there. Would recommend if you want something easy with a nice view

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Mikayla Dukes
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Danielle Paquette
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Hiking

This hike is quite stunning. You arrive at the rocky top quite quickly. There is a nice trail around, but the real views are form the top of the rock piles. My kids had a great time scrambling around on the rocks and the 360 degree vista was amazing. There was a rattlesnake hidden under a rock right on the trail and other hikers were great to point him out. And he definitely made his presence known if you got too close. You can take the shorter trail back after hitting the rocks. We chose to continue on to Trayfoot Mountain which is far less traveled, not well marked and rather unimpressive. But a lovely walk in the woods, none the less and adds some distance to the hike.

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Karla H.
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Hiking

Super easy hike with great mountain views. My 3 year old hiked the whole way there and out unassisted. There was a rattlesnake at the top, so watch out for them when scaling rocks. Parking lot was not full when we arrived, but was when we were leaving, so bring your masks because it’s somewhat hard to social distance.

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patrick richmond
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Hiking

Was a great hike for the family (wife and 2 kids who are 2 and 6) and the views were amazing when you are on top of the rocks

Sara Noelle
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Hiking

super short hike, stunning views and opportunities to climb up rock scramble if you so choose for a 360 view. truly took my breath away.

Aubrey Urbanowicz
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Still one of my favorite hikes. It's easy to squeeze this one in if you don't have much time or if you want to add another one to your day. It's very easy but opens up to one of the most fantastic views. This one is also stunning in the fall.

Justin T
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Hiking

Trail is open 6/11

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Kierstin Berry
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Hiking

Really easy and really scenic. Rocks at top that you can climb on and basically a 360 degree view of the mountains around you at the top of the rocks. I’ve been on this trail around 4 times and brought friends of all activity levels with me, who all enjoyed it.

Bridget Geyer
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HikingScramble

Great hike beautiful views

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Laura Young
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Hiking

Accessible hike for all activity levels. The boulder field is a highlight!

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Gymrat Sophie
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HikingScramble

great view!

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