Compton Peak Summit Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bentonville, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Skyline Drive milepost 10.4 (Compton Gap) there is a trail to Compton Peak, perhaps the first large mountain accessible from the North entrance of Shenandoah National Park.
Great short hike...bit of a climb but not to tough & fantastic views at end. Trail is quite rocky so be careful but other than that just a great hike in Shenandoah!
Nice short hike. Good views to the west but views on the eastern spur were not so great.
Nice short hike, very dog friendly. Easy to moderate. Wasn't too busy on this warm holiday weekend. We recommend that you go both east and west at T. When you go east, be sure to walk past the overlook rock to the bottom of the rocks and look back up. Otherwise you don't appreciate the Rock formation you were standing on.
Nice trail, good rock climbing here and there.
This trail exceeded my expectations. The terrain was rocky and interesting throughout the climb, and the columnar jointing below one of the two viewpoints was especially impressive. You really don't get a sense of the scale of this rare geological feature until you're standing right below it (photos don't do it justice). This is a great trail if you're looking for something easily accessible from the North Entrance of SNP (just 10.4 miles in).
I love this trail. The hexagonal shape rock formation found off the east 0.2 mile spur trail is called Columnar Basalt - the result of gradual cooling of lava from a volcano.