Shenandoah Mountain Loop is a 16.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Augusta, Virginia that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length16.6 miElevation gain2,549 ftRoute typeLoop
BackpackingCampingFishingHikingRunningDog friendlyForestRiverWildlifeBlowdown
Waypoints (3)
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Camp and spring site
38.3716, -79.31761
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Trail intersection
38.37721, -79.332
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Trail intersection
38.32666, -79.37316
Weather
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Activities (10)
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stu grosvenor
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CampingOver grown

I have never in my whole life seen a more poorly made and poorly maintained trail. The trail crosses over a wide and deep stream no less than 12 times... you WILL get your shoes wet. Once you cross it is extremely difficult to refind the trail, as there are no markings and trail is completely overgrown. The first 2 hours of this hike felt like bushwacking. No views whatsoever. We didn't see a single other person our entire hike.

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Katrina M
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Matt Tucker
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BackpackingGreat!

This trail has everything—wildflowers, River fording, meadows, mountains, and just enough challenge to make you feel really successful at the end of your trip. Highly recommend going clockwise and starting your trip from the confederate breastworks—the southern trail has approximately 10 river crossings and you 100% will get your boot soaked even if yours are waterproof. There are no campsites on the northern trail until your round the corner at the northernmost point—after that, the two miles of trail feature a handful of well-set up campsites; the closer to hiner springs the drier the campsite will be.

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David Folsom
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Jazmin Eve
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Camping

Great hike! Camped out for a week. There’s no quarantine like the camping quarantine. No cell phone service a lot of the time. If you like if the grid this is for you.

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Jason Bain
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Hiking

Brian Peak, Don Hines and I took a like up to the spring head, then down the stream as it rose in depth from our ankles to our thighs as we descended the mountain.

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Garry Collins
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HikingBlowdownOver grownRocky

After doing the Ramsey's Trail Loop two weeks ago I decided to try this one before it became overgrown. it's your typical wilderness trail, modest maintenance, no blazes, few views. I enjoyed it. the first half up the same valley as the other loop. I counted this time, 14 stream crossings. That's not counting creeks, these are fully submerged feet crossings. On the Shenandoah Mountain Trail part of the loop you have look for tent spots after the first couple (counter clockwise). Nice hike, very modest climbs. Poison ivy is starting to show. Fresh signs of bear.

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Stewart Jollymore
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Hiking

East ridge is terrible.

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Ryan Fortenbaugh
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

Did this as a one night outing w my son. It was nice trail, wouldn’t consider it as difficult backpacking/hiking. However, the trail isn’t very well maintained and not marked very well. The AllTrails gps was very useful. Our campsite was awesome (the meadows) and we only saw a few other people the two days we were there, so that was nice that it wasn’t crowded. We did the loop counterclockwise, lots of stream crossing the first half of the loop but not a big deal. Lots of nettles to deal with on the first half of the loop as well. Overall an enjoyable one night outing. Could be better w some trail maintenance and markings.

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Steven Kaminski
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Backpacking

A great hike with numerous stream crossings make this an adventure in early December with Pennzoil. We traveled counter clockwise. Some experiences worth noting on your hike: shoes will get wet, be prepared for cold and think ahead to how to endure hiking with wet feet. One crosses the creek too many times to take time to bring water shoes and remove / put them on each time. There is a great site at Jerry's Run as you head up toward the ridge (lots of widowmakers) and only a couple more sites after. Once the trail steepens you won't have but one or two sites to choose from and I don't recommend night hiking as the top portion is difficult to follow (even with daylight). The ridge camping spots are numerous with water close by -- looks to be very popular from the number of fire rings and trees-as-benches. This is the last area for water for some miles. We camped the second night at the intersection of Jerry's Run Trail where there was a site on the ridge and another on the left under the large hemlock (lots of space there and a fire ring too). Water was found about a 1/4 further on the trail trickling out from above and left of the trail. There are no more camping spots beyond Jerry's Run Trail area as the trail returns hugging the mountain side. All downhill making an enjoyable return to the parking lot. Other sites note the huge amount of thistles and poison ivy on this trail in warmer months -- no issue in early December with either.

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Jate Bernard
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First to Review

Lots of stream crossings (20+)

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Margaret Helber
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Stacey Folsom
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Eric Mazur
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Jamie Kopp
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Matt Midgette
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Erich Rainville
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