G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Area via Appalachian Trail

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G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Area via Appalachian Trail is a 16.9 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.

16.9 miles
3,418 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers



2 days ago

I run from where you enter at Freezeland and Fire Trail back to Manassas Shelter and it is pretty nice going. Some areas you HAVE to walk either for elevation or rocks. Nice Ultra training area. There are Deer and Bear so running isn’t the smartest move but it works for me. Very few people maybe 1 or 2, a couple times a week.

1 month ago

nice 5 Mile round trip out and back up to the Manassas Gap shelter. Good water flow a few times throughout the way. Very muddy this time of year and I'm glad I had ankle support because of all the rocks. Great path ran into some thru-hikers. one of them named Maverick just like in the movie haha
drink 3 liters of water on this hike.

happy travels!

9 months 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.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

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
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

nice ..

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.

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

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

First real hike reasonably intense!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Great show - the Trillium were in bloom

Friday, January 15, 2016

Over- nighted this one!!

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

rock climbing
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

recorded Track - Mar 25, 02:33 PM

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