Compton Peak Summit via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews
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Compton Peak Summit via Appalachian Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bentonville, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
643 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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1 month ago

Agree with Lacey. LOTS of rocks form the pathway most of the way. Although no scrambling involved, they're just not comfortable for walking. But quite lovely view at the end. Out of shape 60-something and made it up without much trouble otherwise

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I'm torn btw 3 & 4 stars. We did this hike in the fall two years ago. Totally different experience in the summer time! Lots and lots of uphill. Very rocky in some parts which made it a tad difficult w our pup. The overlook view is nice but not my favorite in the park. There are 2 lookout areas, next to each other but it was a bit crowded with people eating lunch. The columnar jointing was super cool to see. Not sure I'd need to see it a 2nd time but glad we saw it! Tough steep downhill and a lot of the rocks were unbalanced so we had to take our time getting to the viewpoint. The hike back down to the car was a piece of cake after all the uphill.

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2 months ago

We completed this trail last week. This trail was reminiscent of the Crabtree Falls further south. There was not much traffic in mid-afternoon. The view was fantastic! We did the other trail with the rock formations. Saw a large buck (!) below those formations.

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Short and sweet. Beautiful views.

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2 months ago

a couple scrambling areas on the left of the "T" GREAT views to the right. Saw a young bear and several deer. Went on a Friday mid day and little traffic. park in the Compton gap lot trail starts across the street.

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3 months ago

Nice variety of terrain. Overlook is awesome.

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