Sky Meadows Gap Run Via North and South Ridge Loop

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Sky Meadows Gap Run Via North and South Ridge Loop is a 4.9 mile loop trail located near Delaplane, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1072 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

views

wildlife

rocky

Great Blue Ridge Mountain hike, just off the Appalachian Trail A very nice hike through wooded, moderately steep terrain. The paths are well maintained, and fairly heavily traveled. This is a very popular park, so you can expect to run into other hikers here, especially on the weekend. There are many trails in the area to choose from, ranging from less than a mile to a loop of about 8 miles. The park trails connect up to the Appalachian Trail, south of where it heads into Ashby Gap. This hike covers a popular loop: up the Gap Run Trail to the North Ridge Trial, then down the South Ridge Trail. Most of the trails are well shaded by tree cover, though there are a few nice scenic overlooks that are open. The Gap Run is steeper than the South Ridge, so you may find it easier to follow the same route we did; a little tough going up, but nice and gentle on the way down and back. There are many facilities here, but the park is mainly geared towards hiking. See http://www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/skymeado.htm

10 days ago

16 days ago

Took Piedmont Overlook to Ambassador Whitehouse to Appalachian Trail to North/South Ridge. Great views and varied terrain. Piedmont Overlook trail is pretty vigorous on the way up but you're rewarded with a great vista and lots of trail options. Well marked and maintained.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous views. Kids handled it.
Loved the views. It was a gorgeous day and not
Too crowded.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike with amazing views!

6 months ago

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7 months ago

Beautiful. Can't wait to go in the spring

10 months ago

11 months ago

Beautiful scenery, rolling hills, lush fields, historical buildings, and lots of wildlife. I wish I'd had more time to explore. Definitely recommend. Just remember to check for ticks.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Absolutely amazing! So many trails that intersect, choose your own tracks. Trails are very well maintained and marked. We had a blast and definitely intend on going back to Sky Meadow State Park to do more trails.

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Monday, May 09, 2016

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

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Friday, May 06, 2016

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Great views at the overlooks and a nice, varied terrain to keep things interesting. A good family hike. We went straight up the Piedmont Overlook Trail (rather than Gap Run), and then to North Ridge, followed by South Ridge to bring us back to the parking lot. A nice 5.25 mi hike with the kids. Going with the Piedmont Trail rather than Gap Run adds a little bit of mileage, but I think it's worth it for the views you get. Next time, I would probably try it in reverse, ending with Piedmont Overlook. Saw two deer within roughly 20 feet of us. Lots of evidence of deer throughout the highland meadows.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Been here many times, great hike. Trails are usually maintained however the past summer was rough. Maybe they were short on volunteers?