Millers Head Trail

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Millers Head Trail is a 1.6 mile loop trail located near Syria, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
357 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

Park on the grass at the Skyland Amphitheater, walk onto the grass on Skyland Lower Loop (the main road the amphitheater road is off of), take a left, walk 100 feet, and look to the left to see the trailhead. (Route follows these directions to the trailhead exactly).

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6 days ago

If you’re staying at Skyland Lodge this trail is easy to find but if you’re looking for it from Skyline Drive you won’t find it unless you turn into Skyland. It’s an easy trail that goes out to a little observation point with very nice views. Warning for anyone with bee allergies - the observation point was swarming with bees when we were out there. Be careful! This is a great trail for a quick filler hike.

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1 month ago

What a great little hike to an amazing view point. Not super hard, but takes an hour and a half to go out and back while enjoying the view. Some elevation change, but do-able for our family of 8 and 11-year old kids and a dog. Absolutely deserted at 10 am on 4th of July week! Take advantage of this hidden gem!

P.S. Why are there two descriptions of the same hike on AllTrails?

hiking
2 months 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).

3 months 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.

9 months ago

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

10 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.

10 months ago

Pretty good. Great view at the end.

hiking
Friday, March 24, 2017

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

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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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, June 28, 2013

Another easy trail with a beautiful view at the end.

hiking
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.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

recorded Millers Point

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

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Sunday, January 18, 2015