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Furnace Mountain Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grottoes, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Length7.7 miElevation gain2493 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Shenandoah National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

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Zack Perdue
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Karla May
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We loved the gradual incline with the rocks to climb on and the babbling brook next to us most of the trail.

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Jean Stephens
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Scott Polack
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Rosie Kostka
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Tiffany Mongold
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We went counter clockwise so started on Furnace Mtn it’s pretty much up the entire trail we did the Furnace Mtn summit then onto Blackrock Summit for lunch the headed down to parking lot where you pick up the northbound AT trail cross skyline again at Madison Fire Rd parking area and continue on the AT which then goes to Big Run Loop trail eventually you will come to a marker for the Austin Mtn trail. Austin Mtn is tricky and lots of rock slides to scramble your tired legs across! Great trail and views however please be physically fit to do the entire loop!

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Megan Raynes
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Lovely trail with plenty of breathtaking views. Rocky terrain can be a bit tricky, but worth it!

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Maddie Brothers
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super great hike, only saw a few people along the way. breathtaking summit. decent 8 mi round trip. completed it in about 3 hours. Will be back again and again

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Abe Hartzler
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Leanna S
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Out & back Blackrock Summit to Furnace Mountain peak, 7 miles. A fun trail to keep you on your toes as there are a lot of rocks, fallen leaves and some washout. Definitely a slippery scary hike if raining/wet. Descended from Blackrock to Furnace, but the return ascent wasn't bad! Easy .5 to Furnace Mtn peak off the trail

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Allyson Scott
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This trail was more interesting than I was expecting. Had thought it was going to be mostly in the trees the whole way up, but was nice narrow / curvy / rocky terrain most of the way with couple spots where it was open to see view outward. Once you pass the short trail to the summit and continue up, it can seem like a slow never-ending ascent. Although this trail ends at the Mt Trayfoot / Furnace Mt trail intersection, I would definitely recommend continuing over to Black Rock overlook if have not done so before which would make this a more worthy ending and the .7 mile connector trail is rather easy.

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Alexandra Garcia
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I loved this trail. Fallen leaves added an extra challenge - slips on the inclines. The turnaround point of this trail isn’t particularly exciting; I was expecting another summit but it was just a trail junction. The view of Furnace Mountain was beautiful... still good foliage yesterday. Loose rocks are also a challenge but overall the trail was easy to moderate in difficulty. The sunset was a great addition to my hike yesterday.

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Andrew Brown
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Adam Dovell
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Definitely no trail anywhere near where the All Trail GPS says. Trekked through thick brush for 2 hours trying to find anything resembling a trail, but found nothing. I am thinking people who reviewed this trail either hiked up the fire road, or hiked from a different trail head. Also, covered in ticks. This is the only trail in my life I wish I never came near. Please stay away, or upload new GPW coordinates if there's a trail maybe a mile away from here that is blazed.

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Conner Grant
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The trail itself is definitely full of rocks and overgrown but it was still a really nice hike! As long as you spray some bug spray on you won't have any issues. We took our 70lb dog with and he loved it, only found 2 ticks on him after the hike was over. Really clear markings on the trail so you know you are still going the right way and overall a good trail! Go early in the day to avoid the heat in the summer. We got there around 8am and it was perfect weather for the hike.

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Jennifer Eager
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I'd recommend this trail in cool weather. We were vacationing in July and it was hot and humid--so the fact that you're basically climbing a staircase that never ends makes it pretty uncomfortable. Very rocky terrain. Nice views but you have to stop to look or risk tripping over rocks. If you want a good workout, though, you'll enjoy it.

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Pete DeSmit
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Tiffany Mongold
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Moderate incline most of trail. Some views available would be awesome in late fall or winter.

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Nick Branson
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This trail rocks! As in, it's 80% rocks. It's a fun time, about a mile-and-a-half to the peak, but be prepared for nonstop rock action. Great views and a nice creek at the trailhead to cool off coming or going. GPS may try to take you left immediately before the trail parking area. Just ignore it and continue straight. Park by the chained "Private property" sign or parallel across from there, then walk to the trailhead (which is easily located on the right before some stepping stones leading across the creek).

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Thomas Rea
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Though it is like climbing several light house stairs, the views and reward at the top are worth it. Plus the second half is all down hill! My elementary school daughter and I (her out of shape Dad) love this hike. Be sure to bring towels as you may want to cool off in the stream once done.

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em g
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This was a great trail! The reviews on here had us confused though, people said you had to cross the stream by a fallen tree, but if you walk further down the road past the sign you will eventually find a little path that has a perfect row of rocks in order to cross the stream. We had dogs with us and one crossed it no problem the other needed to be carried across. The view at the summit was incredible.

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Norm Rabkin
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Parking near trailhead is tricky. Don’t park on gravel road next to gate/chain. Park about 159 yards before there in area at side of the road. Access to trail requires crossing a stream - over a fallen tree.

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Michelle Shank
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Awesome trail! Very scenic!

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Carmen Wolcott
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Pleasant hike! Steady incline but not treacherous! Woodsy & pleasant along the way with okay views! Traveling w 2 others (ages 24 athletic but not experienced hiker & 9 year old, fairly experienced hiker) and both traversed it fine! We had to turn around about 2/3 in due to impending storm! *PARKING NOTE! Stop and park about 1/4 mile short of gps destination! Park on the right side where the road widens or a chained area on the left that says private property! If you continue straight one the one lane - it stops at a chain across the road & you have to back up to the widened area!

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Ryan Jagielski
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Great hike, if it is the rainy season be warned there is a stream you will have to cross

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