Dickey Ridge Trail

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Dickey Ridge Trail is a 18 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Front Royal, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

Distance: 18.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,766 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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nature trips

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walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

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hiking
1 month ago

If you’re looking for a nature trail but not willing to pay the 30 bucks to get into Shenandoah National Park, this is the place to go. It’s a beautiful hike down a peaceful stream and there’s tons of wildlife. Highly recommend.

trail running
2 months ago

Ran up to Dickey Ridge visitors center. Good trail to blast up and down if you hit it at the right time. Not tech and would be good for someone getting into trail running.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Starting out at the Front Royal entrance the first 1.5 miles is easy before starting uphill. Definitely has up & down hills through the entire trail that can give you a workout. I like how you can pick up other trails off of Dicky Ridge trails which is nice. As always have to watch your footing in some areas.

hiking
2 months ago

Black bear.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Nice hike, trail was muddy in spots from all of the rain from the previous days. Need to get an early start. Fun!

4 months ago

Started across from the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center and headed downhill making for a 4.5 (ish) mile hike one way. Trail is well marked and runs alongside a stream. Encountered several groups of people hiking the trail. I definitely want to do this trail again in the spring. I imagine it's even prettier then.

walking
5 months ago

Along a stream and just beautiful. A nice workout without being hard.

6 months ago

Went up December 10. Very thin frosting of snow on the trail that burned off by 11 am, even so it wasn't slippery. I'd guess that with a little thawing there may be muddy patches, but when it's 35 degrees and below the ground is firm. Even with leafless trees, most of the trail up to the lodge on Skyline (closed) is sheltered from wind. Good trail for running, well maintained and clear even this time of year, and it's not to steep to safely carry some speed downhill, but of course watch for uphill hikers.

7 months ago

Jumped on the trail head just before you get to the park entrance. Easy hike around 1.8 miles in until you hit the roadway. You can cross over and continue if you want, but we decided to turn back because we were pressed for time. Loved hiking along the creek and we timed as the leaves were turning. Beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

All up hill from the start, no significant decline until you turn around. Not many views, just deer and bears. It's a great trail to train for mileage and incline.

hiking
9 months ago

it's a beautiful hike with a stream that keeps you company in the beginning. you...i can see nature at its best. We saw pretty does grazing on the side of the trail. The hike isn't difficult, a little up hike but not hard at all. ENJOY!

trail running
9 months ago

Great trail to hike with the family or if you want to go running, I would recommend.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

I did this as a point-to-point from Compton Gap to the park entrance. it was approximately 10 miles with 900' of elevation gain. Heading in the opposite direction, it is a far more difficult hike. The highlights are a stop at the visitor center and the definite possibilty of seeing a bear.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

My favorite trail starts 1 mile from my door.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Nice trail LOTS of deer today. Good cover on a drizzly day. Starts out closed up brush then opens up with sparse but expansive woods. Took my dog for the Dickey Ridge Trail to Snead Farm Loop around and back.

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Great day for a hike, only went up 4 miles but it was a good moderate uphill trail!

trail running
Saturday, March 12, 2016

I wouldn't classify this as an easy route if you decide to run it. Long climbs. You'll hit the first couple thousand of feet fairly quick. Nice route to work on your speed hiking;) Fun descents and little traffic if you go in the early AM. I started at the Shenandoah Entrance(road parking) and turned back at Hickerson Hollow. 16 round trip with over 3,300ft of climbing. Solid.

hiking
Monday, October 19, 2015

Had a wonderful quiet fall day this week along the trail. Love the park in the fall!

hiking
Saturday, September 21, 2013

I hiked the northern half of Dickey Ridge along with the Snead Farm Trail and Fox Hollow Trail starting from the Dickey Ridge Visitor ctr parking lot. I was rewarded just a few minutes in when I saw two deer no more than 15 ft away. They casually ate leaves while I photographed them; they must have been pretty used to human traffic as they did not run off. All in all it is an easy hike with moderate inclines at a few spots. There is a nice mtn. view on Dickey Ridge Trail south of the fire rd. I'm sure all of these trails will be extra special when the leaves are changing.

hiking
Friday, June 29, 2012

I hiked Ridge today or the majority of the ridge and there was a lot of forest fires but nevertheless it was still a good hike and saw lots of bears... trail isn't that much to see but nevertheless an easy hike with some moderate trails. Unfortunately not many views just a lot of bears and other wildlife

hiking
Saturday, January 07, 2012

Did this trail in conjunction with the Snead Farm Trail . Trail is pretty easy. The loop too the farm was interesting....the barn is still there but only the foundation of the home exists. Connected to Dickey Hill a bit from there. Then followed that back to the start near the parking area. I actually did the Fox Hollow trail after that.

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