Byrds Nest Summit and Byrds Nest Shelter No. 4 via Appalachian Trail

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Byrds Nest Summit and Byrds Nest Shelter No. 4 via Appalachian Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sperryville, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. 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: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 479 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching





This is a moderate walk in the woods with some rocky ascents, well situated shelter and almost good views that would be better in winter. The fire road is pretty steep headed down.

Wed Oct 24 2018

Nice crisp fall day for a walk in the woods with wife and 2 Dalmatians. Missed the "blue-blazed connector trail" described in circa 2000 guidebook as "generally well maintained and easy to follow." Not a trace; couldn't find its other end on the way down either, bushwacked where I thought it should be. Appalachian Trail led us up to Neighbor Mountain Trail and the Shelter. Enjoyed lunch at the shelter, watching raptors, views above and through the woods. Wound up, after looking for no longer existing connector, logging 3 miles in 2:13, including leisurely lunch.

Thu Aug 10 2017

Nice walk in the woods. That's about it.

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Sun Mar 26 2017

Sat Oct 20 2012