Mount Marshall Loop via Appalachian Trail

HARD 6 reviews

Mount Marshall Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 12 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Huntly, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2365 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
14 days ago

1 month ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Good elevation, cool millipedes, lots of ticks, nice backcountry camping locations, not much water on the AT, and cellular connection for AT&T.

backpacking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Overall this beats an out and back hike but there are a few miss leading things to keep in mind on this loop.

- The AT crosses Skyline at 3 different parts of this section… all of which provide a better starting location as far as parking.
- It could have been the snow but I never saw a clear connection between the tail head at the north end of the Mt Marshall trail and the AT.
- The Mt Marshall Trail ends at skyline and if you walk up the hill directly in front of you the AT runs parallel to the road a few hundred feet up.
- I imagine it is a bit difficult to find the Mt Marshall trail head without GPS coming from the AT so I did it in reverse.
- Decent amount of running water on and across the trail due to snow melt.

- Trail connections for reverse loop were as follows: parked at Jenkins Gap, Skyline to Mt Marshall trail head, up the hill on the west to the AT, AT to the 3rd crossing of Skyline where it meets up with the Bluff trail, Bluff trail to Mt Marshall trail, and then up skyline back to Jenkins Gap.