Saddleback Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
#105 of 118 trails in

Saddleback Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sandy Bottom, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1246 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

Fairly level climbs and descents--nothing too steep, slippery, or narrow. No sweeping vistas, but a pleasant hike nonetheless. There is a small spring and a shelter with picnic table on the Saddleback Mountain trial portion of the route. The little cemetery spur isn't marked on the trail, but if you find it, there are a few older and a few renovated headstones.

The directions posted here about the trail are accurate, and you can park right on Skyline Drive where the AT crosses at the US 33 entrance.

Trail is dog-friendly.