Feathercamp Ridge Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Feathercamp Ridge Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Damascus, Virginia that features a river 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
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1768 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
6 months ago

Hike of 2 parts. First part along Feathercamp Ridge trail was a steady slog uphill in a dark forest, crossing the stream multiple times. It had rained quite heavily 2 days prior which added to the oppressive atmosphere and darkness. We reached a clearing with a small campfire which was a welcome relief to see some natural light. A short section further brought us out to a gate and a road from where we turned sharp left to join the Iron Mountain bike trail. V pleasant walking with some glimpses of views through the trees. The trail either hugged the mountain side or one was walking on the ridge itself. At Beech Grove, we made a left for a short steep descent back to the main road and the parking lot for the VC trail. Not a bad hike all in all. Wish in a way we had stuck to the original plan in following Istvan's track which was a little longer and probably would have had us emerging off the AT at the same endpoint. Our route ended up being 6.8 miles as a pleasant loop.

9 months ago

Nice long hike. Where Chacos because you cross the creek at least 8 times.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a nice forest hike. If you want a bit shorter (below 7 miles) loop without walking on the road, then see my recording.

hiking
2 months ago