G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Area via Appalachian Trail

EASY 27 reviews

G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Area via Appalachian Trail is a 17.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Linden, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
17.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3602 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

13 days ago

The trail shown here is a nice way to get in from the south end of Thompson. Once in, there are numerous other trails looping through, some with moderate elevations including part of the AT. They do not have blazes but are easy to follow and loop around, so download or bring a map (or take a pic of the map at the kiosks). You can enter the area from the west as well, and from the east near the lake. Never very crowded when I have been here, and beautiful.

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14 days ago

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rock climbing
3 months ago

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8 months ago

Positives - The incline up the north trail is pretty decent, so a nice workout on glutes.

Negative - I really came for the "view" on my workout but there wasn't a scenic view at all.

trail running
8 months ago

The AT is pretty much always awesome. Prefer the bigger mountains (and associated views) just a bit farther away but this is a great place to hike and run whether it be north or south on the AT from here.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

nice ..

backpacking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I am section hiking the AT, this was one of the longer days. Dropped a car at Tucker's Lane off RT55 in Linden, VA then drove to Sky Meadow park as the jump off. It's 2 miles up hill to get to AT. Once on the AT its very moderate through out. Total hike was about 12 miles.

hiking
Friday, October 07, 2016

It was a moderate trail. I recorded about 6 miles but my map only started to record the return trip which was 3.2. It was fun not many people and I saw about 10 dears. There might be some bears around, I saw lots of scat on the actual trail but didn't see a bear (thank god! ).

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Great walk