Powell Mountain Trail

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Powell Mountain Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Elkton, Virginia that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,272 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash




Monday, December 18, 2017

I really enjoyed this trail. It's a great uphill climb and when the leaves are off, a great view. The trail is marked with light blue rectangular blazes. There is a concrete post marking the start of the trail.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

This is a great little trail. Tough at first but provides relief once you reach the summit. The trail head is difficult to find - there is a concrete trail marker about 15 ft off the road on the left side. Drive past the little white church on your left about 50 yards, it is hard to spot. We parked in the church lot. The hike was very secluded, which is nice. Beautiful mountain views and I'm sure we would have encountered a lot of wildlife if the fall leaves did not make so much noise with every step. Great hike, good workout, hard to find (which is nice), beautiful experience. I would certainly do this one again.

Monday, October 26, 2015

This is a great trail. I am the Oversser for the PATC on this trail and I love it because it offers solitude, a great forest setting and wildlife. The trail was cleared top to bottom on 10/24/15 and we saw no one on the trail on a day when the rest of the park was inundated with people. I personally like starting at the bottom on 759, and having a more downhill experience on the way back.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Powell Mountain Trail is a little used trail, that ascends from Jollett Road in Elkton, VA to a scenic overlook on Skyline Drive, in the Shenandoah National Park's central district. The initial climb is a little steep, but gradually provides relief as you walk along the Powell Mountain summit. There used to be a sign marking the summit. We could not see it on this hike. As you proceed, the trail descends into a valley, where you will enjoy solitude and very little human traffic. Signs of wildlife abound on the trail. On each hike, we see a wide variety of animals: grey fox, red fox, hawks, deer, birds, turkeys, bear, etc. The hike continues with a gradual ascent and terminates at a Skyline Drive overlook, currently under re-construction. The woodsy smells, solitude and wildlife make this hike a great escape that you will want to repeat. For Appalachian Trail access, back track on Skyline Drive about a half-mile, the cut across Skyline Drive near the Meadows School Trail. You can also return via Skyline Drive south, to Meadows School Trail, then continue down Jollett Road about two miles. For videos of wildlife sightings in the area, visit http://www.BruceMoose.com then click on the VIDEOS page. A convenient parking spot is at the little white church, about 75 yards from the concrete trail marker, at the base of the mountain. To ensure continued good relations with the church, it is a good idea to park as far out of the way as possible. Church is in service around 6PM on Sundays.

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