Piedmont Overlook Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Delaplane, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
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Beautiful wooded area, strenuous uphill hiking.
We stumbled on this area by accident. We had a few good hours to hike, which brought us to Sky Meadow. Hiking up Piedmont is slow going, but the views are worth the trek. We followed the recommendations of others on this loop. At the top of the Ambassador Whitehouse trl is a beautiful view of Paris below. The trail intersects with the AT, but then turns back into the woods onto the North Ridge trl. Very glad to take the South Ridge trl down. It meets up with the Snowden trl, where you can see remnants of the old homestead.
Excellent views. On our first visit we climbed up the meadow (benches for kids to take a break) and came down in the woods by the stream. We knew next time to go up in the woods by the stream and go down the meadow and enjoy that view! My 6 year old had no problem and could of hiked much farther. It was a bit much for my 3 year old. Very well marked trails. Just a fabulous park! This park can get very busy. We arrived at 11 AM on Presidents' Day and were told the park was closed due to overcrowding. One of the park rangers directed us to the GR Thompson state wildlife management area on Leeds Manor road about a mile away where we parked for free, hiked and had a fabulous time, but definitely not the views of Sky Meadow.
This hike is in Sky Meadows State park (nominal $5 entrance fee). Beautiful expansive views definitely worth the entrance fee.
When you get the park trail map you realize that this 4.7 mile loop is actually made up of 5 trails (one of them being a small segment of the Appalachian trail). Because of this you definitely need the state park trail map to navigate! Having said that though this park's trails is very very well marked with actual trail names for every one of the trails along the way. Every turn is very well marked!! Trails are well-kept except for part of the yellow trail (which was our last trail in the park) This Trail had some washouts but not real bad. All the trails are the width of small jeep.
The parking area is just great with plenty of room for a lot of cars and where we parked there was a low stone wall that you could sit and put your hiking boots on (very nice).
The hike is a combination of expansive views and in-the-woods hiking.
We do a lot of hiking in Virginia and this by far has been the best marked trails that we've encountered in the state so far!!!
We highly recommend this hike and don't think anyone would be disappointed in this one!
Love the climb and the view. Vertical meadows are a switch for this former flatlander.
Love the trail network at Sky Meadows. The views on the Overlook trail are pretty epic. Definitely a rigorous climb. :)
The cool thing about this trail is it connects with a few others. Hiked Piedmont Overlook to Ambassador Whitehouse to Appalachian South Trail to North Ridge to South Ridge and then finished on Boston Mill Road to connect the loop. Although it was overcast, the views were beautiful. I would love to hike this trail again. My roommate also brought his dog, a few rocky parts, but very well maintained trails and mostly grass fields. Stopped at Paris View for some time just before connecting with the Appalachian Trail.
Beautiful views. Exquisitely maintained. Windflowers. Benches. Memorial garden. AT hikers and other friendly people.
The hike starts off going uphill through a cow pasture. I'd say the first 1/3 of the hike was just all uphill. Some nice views along the way up though! I went on a Sunday morning on a holiday weekend, and there were plenty of people, but mostly spaced out. There are so many trails that I only ran into a dozen or so other people. Overall, I enjoyed the hike and would do it again!
Fun trail. North ridge trail offers more of a challenge.
Great trail. Vertical climb all the way up to the top. Beautiful view!
Offered great views on a clear, hot day. Wildflowers in bloom, blackberries and raspberries growing on the side of the trail and lush undergrowth this time of year. Always worth the walk.
We really enjoyed this hike with our dog. The trails are marked well and the views are awesome.
Great hike, extremely well marked and plenty of options to wander around. The map on this site isn't the only option, probably 20+ miles worth of trails scattered around.