Limberlost Trail

EASY 39 reviews
#30 of 135 trails in

Limberlost Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Luray, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
62 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. Park at the entrance to Old Rag fire road at milepost 43.

hiking
6 days ago

Easy trail very flat. My wife was able to push our 2 year old in her carriage the entire way with no problem. There are plenty of benches along the trail.

walking
1 month ago

Relaxing walk with lots of new benches and scurrying shrews. Leaves have begun to turn auburn.

2 months ago

A nice short level Trail even on a misting rainy day. Especially if you love trees. Don't be sad by the old fallen hemlocks. You'll see there's new growth growing up in and around them! You can connect to the White Oak Canyon Trail to make it longer.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Heads up: 1.5 miles in, traveling counter clockwise on this trail, there's a nest of angry yellow jackets. Bit our party and other folks we talked to on the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Heads up: 1.5 miles in, traveling counter clockwise on this trail, there's a nest of angry yellow jackets. Bit our party and other folks we talked to on the trail.

6 months ago

We saw a black bear this morning!

walking
7 months ago

The Limberlost Trail is wheel chair accessible, with lots of benches for sitting and enjoying the outdoors. We were amazed at the number of chipmunks. Park in the Limberlost lot MP 43. The nearest bathroom is at the Skyland Dining Room.

hiking
9 months ago

Nicely maintained trail, accessible. Recommend for gentle hiking and opportunities to see wildlife.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Easy trail for all. Even off road stroller friendly and/or wheelchair. Saw 2 deer as well!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Very nice and easy trail for all levels. Sadly, did not see any wildlife but it was a very pleasant walk for our whole family (ranging in ages 2-60+), followed by lunch at Skyland after. Also intersects with other trails, including White Oak.

hiking
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Great hike to do with kids, especially if you have the Shenandoah NP scavenger hunt book. The kids will really enjoy finding the cool rock formations and smelling the new birch trees. We saw a mother deer and young fawn on the trail, took a ton of pictures, and generally had a nice, relaxing walk. As per other reviews, it's very level gravel - perfect for a scavenger hunt.

hiking
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Great easy trail. As a local of Luray and a veteran to the park, I have encountered the greatest animal density on this trail. From black bears to rattlesnakes to deer and everything In between. Great place for bird watchers because the trail runs through the Limberlost swamp which provides habitats for great birds and animals in general. This trail is a Great night hike. Light up and grab the GPS( not that you'll need it) but you will be surrounded by animals and nature on this trail especially at dusk! The only downside is during peak seasons at the park this trail can get crowded by the public. So make sure you choose your times wisely.

hiking
Friday, June 28, 2013

This is the easiest of the three easy trails at Skyland but it is not as scenic as Millers Head or Stoney Man.

hiking
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I agree with the other reviewers that this is one of the easiest trails in SNP. But it does not offer the big panoramic views of Millers Head or Stony Man, both of which are almost as easy. What it does offer is abundant wildlife. And it does connect with White Oak Canyon Trail if you want to see some beautiful waterfalls.

hiking
Monday, May 27, 2013

This was an extremely easy hike. Very enjoyable to hike with small children. We saw a ton of wildlife and the kids enjoyed catching newts. They were also tickled when they found a very large rabbit sitting right next to the trail on a log that was not afraid of us in the least. We will definitely do this stroll again! Great way to spend a Sunday evening!

walking
Sunday, October 21, 2012

Definitely the easiest trail in Shenandoah National Park, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. It was a great change of pace to rest my limbs from other more intense trails like Dark Hollow Falls. You should check it out if you're in the mood for a stroll.

hiking
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This is one of the easiest hikes in Shenandoah national park. The trail is level, has a crushed rock surface, and is ADA accessible.

The scenery on this hike is pleasant, passing through several forest ecosystems. If you have hiked this trail in the past, however, as we did in 2002, you'll notice something missing: hemlocks. The trail once passed through a stand of impressive old growth hemlocks, but the trees have been killed by the hemlock woolly adelgid. Since the trail is ADA accessible, the park service has (understandably) removed the dead trees so that they don't pose a danger to hikers.

The trail is good for wildlife sightings. It's hard not to see white-tailed deer here, and we were able to spot a doe with its week-old fawn. If you're into rocks, there is a nice example of greenstone with columnar jointing near where the trail meets the White Oak Canyon trail.

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