Millers Head Trail

EASY 16 reviews
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Millers Head Trail is a 1.4 mile loop trail located near Syria, Virginia. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.4 miles
351 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running

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. Turn into the Skyland Lodge parking area at milepost 42.5 passing the stables, veering left and parking in the grassy area at the gravel road on your left. Hike up the paved road a short distance to the trailhead post.

2 days ago

What a hidden gem! We did the trail as a late afternoon filler hike and we are so happy we chose it. We stayed at Skyland numerous times and never once even heard it mentioned. We only encountered one other family on the trail, out and back. Fairly short trail but it was a fun trail for the kids with lots of rocks to climb down and up, pretty untamed, but you never felt unsafe. The view was spectacular. With the vantage point being out on an outcrop, the view was at least 180 degrees, including being able to look back toward the mountains. The first portion of the trail is pretty lame with there having been a cell tower, lots of cleared trees, and a road running parallel for the first 500 feet. I thought we made a mistake at first in choosing this trail, but it soon became pretty neat. In my view, it's at least as good as Stony Man, the main attraction at Skyland. If you have walking issues, then this is not a trail for you, but my kids are generally bored on an overly groomed trail. The directions are pretty bad on this site (but that doesn't warrant giving THE TRAIL a one star, which is just ridiculous), but the confusion may be in part because of the fairly new *gravel* road. Park on the grass at the Skyland Amphitheater, walk back to the *paved* road you drove in on, take a left, walk 100 feet, look to the left, and, Voila!, there's the sign for the trail (right across from the nearest Skyland cabins you see from the Amphitheater).

1 month ago

An easy walk-in/walkout trail (not a loop) along a ridge line to a stone observation platform with gorgeous views including Stony Man. Takes off from Skyland Resort near the stables.

7 months ago

Nice, short hike. Rocky in a few parts, but altogether a nice enjoyable hike with great scenery along the way.

8 months ago

good little trail, a little steep and rocky in some parts. did this in the mist and fog, so we didn't get to see the overlook, but still a good little jaunt. super slick with wet leaves.

8 months ago

Pretty good. Great view at the end.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Nice hike to a teriffic Vista. My wife and I did it with our young twins in carriers.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Easy hike that begins at Skyland and ends with a nice view. I recommend combining this with Stoney Man Trail on the same day/afternoon.

Monday, November 09, 2015

We also could NOT find the trail from these directions. Turns out it is many miles away at the Skyland Lodge on the Skyline Drive.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

We tried to locate this trail using the "Directions" function and it led us to some farm half an hour from the actual trail. Be advised, use the "Tracks" function to find maps to this trail. We did not get to hike it due to false directions.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Another easy trail with a beautiful view at the end.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A little trail with a big punch line! Get up on the rock at the end for an incredible view. We saw a ground hog and a couple dear. Another time down this trail we saw a bear on the way back. The first time was a ranger guided sunset hike. The ranger shared so much knowledge that we missed the sunset.

7 months ago

10 months ago

Saturday, October 29, 2016

recorded Millers Point

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sunday, January 18, 2015