Snead Farm Dickey Ridge Loop Trail

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Snead Farm Dickey Ridge Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Front Royal, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles
524 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


over grown


Please note that though this trial is easy to follow, certain portions are overgrown. Look out for the farmhouse. From there, stick to the right to stay on the trail.

2 months ago

if you're looking for some solitude, this is one for you.

5Jun18-weekday afternoon overcast 70° hike. The whole Loop took about an hour and a half with stops. Drank 2 liters of water along the way. This hike started off at the Dickey gift shop and an incredible view of the Shenandoah Valley. The only people I saw the whole time on this hike was in that area. I never saw a soul on the loop except for my poles haha. as far as Wildlife goes, there were a lot of bear warning signs... But all I saw were squirrels (and one platypus ;-)

I did the loop clockwise and it began by climbing for the first 20 minutes. this is where I broke the majority of my sweat. The trail is pretty even some rocky outgrowth. But It pretty much leveled out after that and was mostly downhill. There were a couple of Spurs I could not go to because I wore shorts....and I could see poison ivy creeping up over the trail. If I had the hike over again I would have work long pants for this time of year because of the poison ivy. When I got back to the parking lot, I just washed my calves and ankles with soap and water since the bathrooms were still open. all good :)

The only place the trail got tricky to follow (because the overgrowth) was at The Farmhouse itself. I started going left when I was supposed to follow the trail down to the right, over a recent rain made Creek and then join a big trail.

* Really nice peaceful hike, would love to do it again in the winter just to see how it looks then.

Happy Travels!
the RAWG

9 months ago

10 months ago

Pretty good trail to do with kids and dogs...well maintained. Counter-clockwise travel knocks out the steeper parts first.

11 months ago

Fun trail to do with your family. It has a couple of nice inclines/declines, but my 8, 6 and 4 year old boys were able to easily handle them. If you go clockwise on the trail and get to the TSA beacon, that is not the "summit". Go about 200 yards further on the main trail and you will not miss it.

11 months ago

It was good for what I wanted today. Would have liked more incline/declines, but just a nice hike/walk in the woods. Mostly deer for wildlife and my dog had fun. One nice overlook view on the loop.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Ok hike, pretty views at Dickies Hill but other than that not a hike I'd repeat. Went with Linda and Beth

Sunday, May 28, 2017

its a nice walk through the woods, short and easy. trail a little narrow sometimes so beware of ticks from the grass. only one really good view from the trail but there is a nice picnic area and visitors center for the family.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Not a bad outing to do with the family.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We brought our six month old lab here for his first hike in mountains. Having hiked some of the more "dramatic" hikes in the park, I didn't go into this one with a lot of expectation other than a nice walk in the woods. I was pleasantly surprised though. Not much elevation change but there are a couple of hills to climb. The walk up the path through the electrical poles was pretty cool. The farm itself was a nice stopping point. Not much to look at, basically an old barn but fun anyway. We kept going and came to a really nice overlook on Dickeys Ridge and took some pics. All in all nothing crazy but it did exceed my expectations.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

great views, enjoyed the mixture of trail.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

We like the trail however it takes a while to get to the outlook. Overall, it was a good hike!

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Started at the Dickey Visitor Center picnic area. Go along the picnic area road and across Skyline Drive onto the service road. Go straight until the service road goes up the hill to the right. You go to the left onto the Snead Farm Loop Trail, which will take you to Snead Barn and then joins to the Dickey Ridge Trail to take you around Dickey’s Ridge (and gives you a magnificent view of the valley). The total loop is about 3.5 miles. It does have some climbing in it. I did it in 45-degree weather (Jan 4, 2017) with rain jacket, sweat shirt, and t-shirt on most of the time except for the climbs, where the jacket and sweat shirt came off. Great trail for a moderate hike. You can add on the Fox Hollow Trail loop to add 2.5 miles to the hike. It joins the Dickey Ridge Trail. BTW, the park trails are open all year long unless the park is closed due to bad weather. And, you can take you dog on this hike with you.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A moderately easy hike to the Snead Farm barn, root cellar and the stone wall/foundation of the farmhouse. The hike up Dickey Hill is slightly strenuous, but the view of the Shenandoah Valley from the top is worth the effort. The trailhead starts on the east side of Skyline Drive, MP 5.1, across from the Dickey Ridge Picnic Area. There are restrooms that the picnic area. Blue blazes mark the trail.

Monday, October 31, 2016

This was selected as an easy trail for kids, and that turned out to be true (we just made it an out and back hike to Snead Farm to limit length, rather than doing the full loop). We also took the kids on the Fox Hollow trail, which I preferred, since it was a footpath through the forest rather than an old farm/utility road.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Good hike. A little steep at first once you leave the road going counter clockwise. Bring a lunch and a blanket and enjoy the view. It's obvious where that'll be.

Monday, October 10, 2016

I would agree with the other reviews on this being an excellent trail for a beginner/new hiker to the Shenandoah. I used to hike more and be in better shape and I'm trying to get back into it. If that describes you as well, know that this is a nice hike but it is not "leisurely" in many places. For a seasoned hiker this trail is a piece of cake. For those not used to hiking, know that this will push you at times, but hopefully you will keep wanting to come back for more!

Friday, October 07, 2016

great hike

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

It was a nice easy walk. Did it pretty quickly with my dog. Nice little viewpoint, and overall a very peaceful and well marked trail.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

An easy hike that's good for beginners. The Snead Barn had two Vultures waiting at the window.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

This was a great trail to take the kids on! Our dog had a blast too.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Beautiful trail even in the pouring rain. Highly recommend this trail for beginners. I would recommend taking the Dickey Ridge Trail up to the top then taking a left down Snead Farm Trail. We did not do the Fox Hollow Trail just due to being soaked and cold. We will return during better weather conditions to do this trail again along with the Fox Hollow trail.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

was a great hike, we ended up doing the dicky ridge trail to the Snead farm loop. this trail is good for beginning to mid level hikers. The views are great for such a short hike of about 4.5 miles!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Really fun and pretty easy day hike. Good for families too. A plus is that you park right in the parking lot of the store.

Monday, February 25, 2013

This is an excellent first trail for beginners and new comers to the Shanendoah Trail system. I suggest taking the Dicky trail back to the parking lot. It makes a nice circular loop.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nice hike for my 4 year old.Not many places to camp near there unless you follow dickey ridge for a few miles. But then theres no water source until you reach hickerson hollow

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nice short hike. I have seen bear on this hike more often than not. This weekend saw a sow and her two cubs, one was yelling from up in the tree.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Did this in conjunction with Dickey Ridge and Fox Hollow. The trail is relatively easy and the old Snead barn is interesting.

1 month ago

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