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Calf Mountain Trail is a 2.7 mile out and back trail located near Greenwood, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, 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 2.7 mi Elevation gain 610 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Wild flowers

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NOTE: As of July 2020 all of Shenandoah National Park is OPEN and has entered phase two of opening due to COVID-19. Please check the park website for more information and details: https://www.nps.gov/shen/phase-two.htm

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Vanessa Brisolla
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HikingOver grown

Beautiful walking trail pretty easy. No real overlooks besides little calf mountain

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James Bulot
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Ralph and my Bride
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Hiking

It was a nice hike with a couple of inclines that got your heart rate up, which is why we are there. The Milkweed has come up in the field between the parking lot and the wood line so the Monarchs should be to far behind. The park service had recently trimmed the under growth back in some of the areas which made it nice. Trail marking could have been better. There were some spurs off the main trail that had us guessing from time to time but the app corrected us a few times. Like someone else said Little Calf Mountain had some nice views. Calf Mountain summit was a little disappointing. No views,no vista a pile of rocks

Justin T
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Hiking

It’s not closed as of 6/7/20. Most of SNP is open except Old Rag and the campgrounds. Great hike and good for younger kids, not that steep or challenging.

Sarah Chaps
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Hiking

Great, easy trail. Enough incline to get the heart rate up, but not enough to smoke you. Pretty vista from Little Calf MTN Summit, Calf Mountain Summit left something to be desired. close to South SNP entrance.

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Chip Hemcher
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HikingRocky

No major issues here, the view was not stunning but the meadow up top made up for it. We should have taken a blanket. It was a great hike and time I only give it four stars because of the view. Great for dogs and kids!

Meredith Ralls
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Hiking

Excellent way to hike the AT without trying too hard! My mom has a bum knee and bad hips and is out of shape and it was hard for her but she did it. Lovely view at the summit, about 1.5 miles from the parking area. There are porta-potties at the trail head too.

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Heather McManamay
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Hiking

An excellent shorter hike for all ages. A good amount of shade and a nice view at the top of Little Calf Mountain. Trail was in great shape after last nights rain.

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Mike Zabek
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Hiking

Nice easy hike. Not a huge view but a decent panorama on little calf. Nice flowers at the beginning. Mostly a very gradual build up to the top.

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Aaron Trovato
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Kirk Millikan
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Hiking

Easy hike with a nice view at Little Calf Mountain. Calf Mountain itself (where this hikes turns around) is nothing special. Trees cover the summit so there are not any views. A small pyramid of rocks marks the approximate summit of Calf Mountain, but it's not much to see. The views from Little Calf Mountain and the wildflowers (including common milkweed, not sure about the others) between the Beagle Gap parking lot and the tree line are the highlights of this short hike.

Tracey Gerlach
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Hiking

Great mostly shaded trail that worked with kids. Wish I had my wildflower field guide with me-lots to see!

Darrell Cynthia Pacansky
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, well maintained. The shelter area is very clean. Easy hike for kids included!

Charles Smith
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Hiking

Nice easy hike for anyone. If you only want to go to little calf mountain summit it is only around .75 miles.

Chad McGill
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Hiking

Nice easy hike for all ages and abilities. Alltrails has a shelter listed just past the summit on the right. I never saw that one. Walked about 30 minutes past the summit to a sign on the left for a shelter. While on the app, I read a review to look for two large oak trees; you can't miss them. Walk another 5-7 minutes past the oak tress and you will see a sign for the shelter about 1/4 off the trail. There is a nice spring just a few yards from the shelter. You can drop your pack at the shelter and walk back to the spring for water, which was the only source of water we saw.

Mark Bartlett
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Hiking

Nice easy hike...

Jessica King
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Nice, easy hike with a lovely view at the top. The actual summit is not 1.35 miles from the parking area, probably about half that.

darin zeoli
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Hiking

Parked at Beagle Gap parking area. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Be careful at a couple of points where another trail breaks off - just look for the white blazes and you're good. Final view was pretty with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy. The trail wasn't steep not very rocky - but there was one area of switchback to keep it interesting. Lots of shade until you get to the top. The trail was well marked so easy to follow.

Lucy Bragg
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I love this little outing ! Of course it is a section of the AT so you can go further then the summit. Great place to take kids ! Easy gradual hill. When getting to the grassy calf mountain summit, it's a nice little place to have a picnic. If you go further , the calf mountain shelter is a total of 2.2 miles from the parking area. It's nice to see. Also if you pay attention while going towards the shelter, maybe about 1/2 mile or less, on your right, you will see a big old old oak tree, then further from it , another one , which is broken up a bit. Also notice all the old apple trees when you first start this trail from the parking area. Some are in the field when you are first ascending upwards towards the woods and then some are along the trail . Lots of bee balm grows in the field also! I love this trail ! Also you will notice a stone fence meandering across this trail a couple of times! Love it!

Caroline Dunworth-Griffin
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Hiking

It was very foggy when we went,m so there was not much of a view at the top, but through the woods was gorgeous.

Craig Turner
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Easy hike but through some nice woods and a nice scenic view at the top

Tyler Wilkinson
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Hiking

Nice little hike to a valley at the summit. View from the top is nice, lots of butterflies and wild flowers (not sure when peak bloom is). Good hike for all skill levels.

Sheldon Bell
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Hiking

Hiked on 16 July 2017. Nice hike to summit. On way back down encountered a very large adult black bear accompanied by a juvenile black bear about 50 yards before trail left the woods and opened into the meadow above parking area.

William Hughes
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Hiking

We had a pleasant hike from the Beagle Gap parking lot at MP 99.5 to the summit of calf mountain. There were port-o-pots at the parking area. The trail starts in a meadow area, with remnants of an old apple orchard, and the heads into the woods. There is a good view to the east at the top.

Jonathan Erdman
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Hiking

This is a great trail for families and children. The grade is gradual and trail offers decent views of Beagle Gap. We hiked late winter and while the weather was fantastic the trail was very muddy. It is a well-worn path due to the amount of traffic and tends to be more like a swamp in some spots. The summit was not rocky like most of the Shenandoah NP summits. It was more like a large meadow. It was perfect for letting the kids run and explore. Would make a great picnic spot. We will hike this one again in the future.

Doug Kavolius
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Great spot for a quick lunch or a hike to the Meadow to study.

Katie W.
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Hiking

First half is a good somewhat easy hike. Not for little kids or people having trouble with inclines. Was a nice outing. Good for people who aren't big hikers.

Chris Werner
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Hiking

Nice easy trail - only about 3/4 miles to the view at the summit, which is in a nice meadow. Not sure what the 2.2 miles they talk about is. We kept on the trail until the highest elevation (another 3/4 miles or so) but it was in the middle of the woods and headed down and back towards Skyline Drive after that. But all in all it was a nice hike with lots of plant and insects (butterflies etc) and a few critters to boot. Good hike for small kids.

William Eure
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Hiking

Just a few miles from I-64. Great day hike. Just a couple of miles of hiking. But this one has nice inclines in a couple spots. Beautiful views and meadows. Worth an hour or so.

Fergus Clare
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Hiking
First to Review

This is a fun trail, light trail with one moderate incline before crossing over the AT. The entry at Beagle Gap leaves you nested inside of a beautiful, cleared area with fantastic panoramas. There are many old apple, peach and pear trees along the trail and in the meadows surrounding the entry. Bring the dog, some lunch and get into some wandering. After you cross the AT, the trail opens up into some amazing old growth overgrown meadow areas. Enjoy!

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