Feathercamp Ridge Trail Loop is a 10.2 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.

Length10.2 miElevation gain2,004 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Mary Beth & Jerry Sheets
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Out hike was nothing noteworthy. Return hike on Iron Mtn Trail was enjoyable.

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kyle walker
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Lennox Clack
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Lennox Clack
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David Calloway
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Brian Pedersen
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Nice trail. Followed the advice of others and did it in reverse. Very quiet, only saw one other person.

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Danny Ward
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Jim K
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Great loop trail on the AT and the old (pre-1972) AT, now called the Iron Mountain Trail. This loop is somewhat misnamed because the Feathercamp Trail, which follows the Feathercamp Branch creek to the ridgeline, is different from the Feathercamp Ridge trail, which is a separate trail on the ridge that is not followed during this loop! Three suggestions: First, taking the loop clockwise avoids the crushing all-up hike up the Feathercamp, in favor of a more gradual ascent. Descending the Feathercamp is a far more pleasurable experience. Second, the western edge of this loop is improved by taking the Beech Grove trail all the way up to the Iron Mountain instead of following the AT west, which basically just parallels the road during this stretch. Third, if you do the loop clockwise, you can take the spur trail to the Sandy Grove shelter area, which is a great place to stop for a snack and rest before descending the Feathercamp. Trails are all in good condition. Some people complain that the Iron Mountain is now a mountain bike trail, but that has actually significantly improved trail conditions over the years. This trail never got enough hiking traffic to be well maintained, and used to be full of deadfalls and overgrowth. It's a pretty pleasant hike now along the ridge, with occasional views and still very light traffic overall. With slight modifications, this is a great day hike.

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Susan Singleton-Dye
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Nice long hike. Where Chacos because you cross the creek at least 8 times.

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Istvan Karsai
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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.

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Susan Mize
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Jason Czelusniak
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Istvan Karsai
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Shane Rixom
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Fred Dulin
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Stacy Wharton
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Christy Brown
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