Frazier Discovery Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Frazier Discovery Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Island Ford, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

1.4 miles
465 feet



nature trips




2 months ago

Great hike. The views were beautiful. We did come up on a black bear descending a tree in front of us and ended up circling back. The trail was clear, mostly dry and we only saw four others on the trail.

2 months ago

Shenandoah marks this trail as “easiest” and I would disagree due to the fact that the trail is a bit steep at some points and you are going up the entire way to the viewpoint. The view is amazing though! We saw a black bear cub along the trail right near the road to the campground. Short climb with a big pay off!

6 months ago

Great hike with amazing views! Easily marked. We took the left side up and watched the sunset from the second overlook. Absolutely gorgeous, and the hike back down in the dark wasn’t bad either. Can’t wait to go back & take the kiddos.

7 months ago

Short and easy hike with kids, with impressive views at the top! The outcrop is rocks were icy when we went (January) and slippery, but the kids thought playing on them were great fun!

8 months ago

Really well-marked trail with easy/moderate elevation climb. Our young children (6 & 4) hiked this fairly easily. Big payoff at the summit for the amount of work you put in to get there!

9 months ago

Fairly continuous elevation. It's a walk up to the summit and then back down in a loop. Went with wife and 3 yo daughter and had a lunch on top overlooking a great view. Two separate spots on the trail to have a great view from the top of the summit. Daughter had me carry her most of the way, but she had hiked a longer trail the day before and might've just been too tuckered out. Feel like a child could safely walk alone for the majority. Most of this trail is not near steep runoffs so fairly safe. One side has a fair amount of rocks. We went 12/23 and were the only people on the trail the entire time we were there..

10 months ago

Pretty good trail

25 days ago

2 months ago