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Corbin Cabin and Nicholson Hollow Loop via Appalachian Trail and Indian Run Trail

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Shenandoah National Park

Corbin Cabin and Nicholson Hollow Loop via Appalachian Trail and Indian Run Trail is a 16.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Luray, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 16.9 mi Elevation gain 3,326 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

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Bird watching

Forest

River

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Waterfall

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Danny Rodriguez
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HikingOver grownRocky

The first 5 miles (clockwise) are probably the best. After that, it’s ~3 miles of overgrown, tick infested forest. We waded through thigh deep brush and grass for most of those 3 miles. I got 5 ticks and my girlfriend got 2. Got to see all the life stages of the deer and dog tick. Other than the hungry wildlife, the water crossings were easy. We did this in an afternoon at a fast pace. Camp sites looked very nice and spread out. Evidence of recent bear activity in the hollow itself.

Josh Gulch
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Hiking

Nice elevation change at points. I would strongly recommend carrying plenty of water as there aren’t many locations to top off. My wife and I did this in 2 days and even brought our dogs along for the adventure as well. You will run in to a few people along the trail but not many. Campsites are spread throughout so if you want to have your privacy you can. Part of this trail is private property but there are several signposts showing you this so it will not be a surprise. I would definitely recommend for a 2 day trail.

Edmund Breitling
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HikingBugs

This was a great trail! We went in late September and it was hot and buggy, but not many mosquitoes (which was nice). We camped on the top of Robertson Mountain which had a great spot to camp and a fantastic West looking view of the blue ridge and a beautiful sunset. We started the trail on the East entrance of the hike but if we were to do it again we would have started on the West entrance so that we could have the water hole on the second day to refill water bottles and splash about. Truly a great hike that could be done in a day if you start early and REALLY book it. We did it in 2 days, because it does have some strenuous assents, and we even got on the AT for .7 miles. Hurray! - Enjoy!

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Malinda Z
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Backpacking

I hiked this trail as part of a 3-day backpacking trip, so I started from the Old Rag Fire road and didn’t go up to Skyline. There is plenty of water along Nicholson Hollow, the trail follows the river. There is also a very small stream coming up the east side of Corbin Mountain trail, and another about .2 miles east of the junction of Indian Run trail. There’s also a small spring just south of the junction of Corbin Mountain trail and Indian Run. The trail is well-kept, weedwhacked even. Impossible to lose it. Saw two different black bears within a mile of Corbin cabin. Nice views from Corbin Mountain.

Luis Moreno
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HikingMuddyRocky

Got the the park late because of traffic twice from NC and they had already closed. Hiked 2.5 miles down to the river and setup my tarp/hammock. Stormed all night but I loved it, didn't get wet at all. Bright green moss everywhere, steep downhill, river /stream with nice flow, nicely marked trails. 2 other camping parties, one small group tent camping and one in Corbin cabin but otherwise didn't see anyone. Nice wildlife, saw a hawk, white trailed deer, and even a black & white spotted salamander.

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Samantha Metott
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Backpacking
First to Review

It was a good hike definately some big climbs, but water was available, well marked, pretty challenging climbing up to the blue ridge parkway, views would have been better without the fog and rain but it was great.

Keith Schofield
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Hiking
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Joseph Bergin
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Walking
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Joshua Moraczewski
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Hiking
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Hanna Romberger
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Hiking
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joseph mcbride
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Kate Best
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Backpacking