Fridley Gap Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elkton, Virginia that features a waterfall 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.

Length9.1 miElevation gain2,680 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyBackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeRockyScramble
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There are two different entrance points for this trail. This map leaves from the main trailhead at Boone's Run and is about a 3 mile hike in before hitting the loop. If you wish for a shorter trek, start your hike from the end of Airey Road at Fridley Gap.

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AllTrails User
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Hiking

Well maintained trail with some beautiful vistas and several creek crossings. Steep grade and rocky at times so wear good shoes! Trekking poles would help too. Especially if you have arthritis like some of us do :)

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Wesley deHart
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Elizabeth Schack
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Backpacking

I took my mom on an overnight hike on this trail back in November. The elevation gain and multiple close calls in terms of almost falling into streams made this a challenging adventure for us, but the cozy river-side campsite and out of the way overlook that we had all to ourselves made it feel very worth it.

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C U
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Hiking

We hiked this starting at Boone’s run (no parking that I could see, you have to pull off in the shoulder). With the snow melting, super muddy but easy in the beginning. That said, the stream crossings were tough for someone like me (4’11” = short legs ). Super difficult to cross because I couldn’t just step into rocks, I had to jump (slipped twice into water). That said, absolutely gorgeous views and wish we had completed more of it. Went with two kids who scrambled like goats and had a blast. Would recommend but if you are short like me, bring an extra pair of socks and some sturdy poles or sticks.

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Thomas Leyba
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Brandon Hoffman
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Hiking

it's a beautiful hike to do in the snow, but the 9 miles are considerably harder than when its dry. also there are 5 or 6 stream crossings that flow pretty heavily after rain or snow. they are passable though. my legs are going to take awhile to recover

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Tiffany Mongold
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Hiking

Very nice well marked trail. Never seen another hiker.

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Regan Sanford
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BackpackingOff trail
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Edith Lopez Estrada
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HikingRockyScramble

1) This is a national forest, not a national park so check for hunting season dates. We heard plenty of gunshots nearby & walked by a deer who was recently shot and left on the trail. 2) The whole loop is actually about 10.5-11miles. First section before the loop is 2 miles. 3) Make sure to go before the trees shed. The leaves on the ground made it really slippery & it was hard to see rocks/holes along the trail. 4) I didn’t see any viewpoints at the top of summits. Best views were the creek & small waterfalls.

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Eric Danzeisen
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HikingRocky

Lots of leaves in the fall

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Veronika McKenney
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HikingScramble

We hiked this trail starting from Boone's Run. Once we hit the loop (after 2 miles of easy walk by the stream), we hiked the loop counter-clockwise and would highly recommend going this route. The descent to the campsite was rather steep, rocky and very slippery because of the leaves. The small waterfall by the campsite was beautiful but to find the trail to continue the loop was very hard. You need to find the plastic orange ties. The hike through the notch followed the stream but was not very enjoyable, not really a trail, very rocky. The ascent was gradual which was a nice change. There were some nice views from the top but not a huge WOW factor unlike other trails in the area. Once we completed the loop, we decided to take a different route back and followed the 1 mile trail to the road. Very steep but offered some gorgeous views. Once we hit the gravel road, it was a welcome smooth walk back to our starting point.

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Blue Shepherd
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Hiking

Enjoyable hike!

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John Hintz
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Hiking

We did the loop starting from Airey Lane. Has some steep sections to it! Markers aren't the best in some places, but we're able to follow the trail. Very scenic, great terrain, loved it!

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Nate Ledwith
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Hiking

Great trail, just challenging enough to feel like you accomplished something. Be careful where the trail splits near the campsite: it’s easy to go the wrong way. Trust your AllTrails, if it looks like you’ve gone the wrong way, you have.

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Skip Swartley
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Hiking

Good slow start with some decent climb to the loop

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Phil Kniss
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Stefan Reed
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Kelly Sarley
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Backpacking

We chose this trail for a short 1-night backpacking overnight trip. We entered the trail from the northwest (Airly Lane), where there was plenty of room for parking in the lot. We found many great campsites along the trail and great views from the outlook areas. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow the purple/orange markers. We saw a handful of day hikers with their dogs walking the trail. Loved the part of the trail right at the beginning, which parallels the creek. At the fork, you cross back over the river and hike uphill for about 2 miles before hitting the first overlook. Again, we only hiked a few miles up the hill to camp for the night. It was super easy to head out the next morning to hike back down. We can’t wait to bring our kids (ages 10 and 13) next time we come!

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Heidi Weidemoyer
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BackpackingMuddyRocky

We did this trail as a one-night backpacking trip. According to my Garmin (which I find more accurate) the loop as we did it was 11 miles. It's not easy; my boyfriend was very worn out at the end of the first day as there are a lot of long, relatively steep inclines and declines and he doesn't have great hiking legs. We did this trail starting where All Trails suggested and did the loop counterclockwise. There are several camping options with fire pits. We wanted to camp at the top of the ridge (the Overlook as I labeled on our map) at about mile 6. The spot was taken so we kept going down about a mile and camped by the next stream where there were 2 nice established sites. On the second day we hiked the rest of the loop and took the short to Cub Run Road. This was really steep, but avoided most of the wet trail we experienced climbing the first 2.5 miles the first day.

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Suzanne Fox
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HikingGreat!

This trail was beautiful, and we didn’t even get to the loop! Constantly crossing the creek was fun, and you can wade in it if you don’t make it to the swimming hole. The forest was dense and filled with mountain laurel, which was really nice. Definitely a moderately hard hike, because some times you have to cross the creek, so not recommend for anyone who doesn’t want to get wet or scramble from stone to stone.

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Afton Tucker
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BackpackingBugsRocky

It was ok but there wasn’t any wow factor.

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Mike Johnson
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grownScramble
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richard colonna
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Hiking

Beautiful hike through mountain laurel pine and a spring fed mountain stream. Water holes and small falls. Quiet

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Kate A
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HikingRocky

We hiked in via Airey lane from the north, found the loop no problem. We started off counterclockwise which was the move, since the main climb was good footing and the decent was on the logging road-like trail. We saw lots of wild blackberry and blueberries in the second half of the trail, just starting to grow. Lot of different terrain, although watch your footing on the rocky decent near the end of the loop on the north side. Took us 4:40 to go 7.7 miles.

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