Saddleback Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail [CLOSED]

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Shenandoah National Park

Saddleback Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 9.5 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elkton, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.5 km Elevation Gain: 348 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

closed

Many trailheads in this park are closed due to COVID-19. Please check the park website for up to date info on which trails are accessible.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail beautiful day in February Only passed one person on the entire loop. Good terrain not to rocky

hiking
over grown
11 months ago

It was a race against the storm. I hiked this trail late in the afternoon, with thunder off in the distance. I only met one other hiker, so if your looking for solitude then this is it.

hiking
over grown
Mon Apr 08 2019

A nice walk, but no real views or features to make it memorable. Many downed trees, most were cut to make the trail passable, but a few had to be walked-around or pushed-through.

hiking
Wed Jan 03 2018

I agree with Chris that the hike didn’t have the spectacular vistas of other hikes, but for a cold, snowy day the view of and through the trees was wonderful.

Tue Oct 24 2017

It was great to be on the AT during parts of this trail. IMO the trail waa easy because it was never steep or rocky. I didn't need my ankle high hiking boots on this trail like on rocky trails.

hiking
Fri Mar 24 2017

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.

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2 months ago

running
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

recorded AT ~ Saddleback

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Sat Jun 01 2019

hiking
Wed Apr 24 2019

hiking
Sat Mar 23 2019

recorded Hightop Peak Trail

hiking
Sat Mar 23 2019

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Fri Feb 15 2019

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