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Story of the Forest Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Syria, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 173 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No dogs

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Reviews (71)
Photos (67)
Recordings (49)
Completed (151)
Kenneth Grimm
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HikingGreat!

My RECORDING was 2 point 5 miles. -We were staying at the Lodge and needed to get supplies at the Wayside. - Instead of hiking the Story Of The Forest we decided to record something a little different. - We climbed over Blackrock and connected to the AT heading south towards Lewis Springs. - At the intersection we went up the Fire Rd. to Skyline Dr. - Stopped at the Wayside and headed back via the Park Rd. Trail. - ( Trail-head at mile marker 51.2. )

Nicole McCroddan
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HikingIcyMuddy

a few sections have iced over, but still an easy, short walk

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Yma Sseh
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Hiking

Not much to say. Just a walk through the woods.

William Derr
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Hiking

This trail was a great one to do with young kids. We went in the evening and it was cool and breezy. We saw lots of deer and had a close encounter with a black bear. We never found the part of the trail that connected back to the road. We were about to look at a trail marker when we noticed the black bear in the brush to the left of the trail no more than 10 feet away. We picked up our pace and headed straight through some campsites to the campground road. I think the intended path back to the road would have taken us right toward the bear, so it is probably better that we detoured.

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Sharon A.
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Hiking

Nice, easy, relaxing walk through nature.

Sydney Cannice
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Hiking

Very short and easy trail. Pretty flat. If you like a nice calm walk in nature, this is perfect for you. Didn’t take us long to complete at all.

Walter DeBoer
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Not really worth the effort. Not particularly interesting. Half the hike on the road or sidewalk.

Joe & Maylin Jones
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Hiking

This is a quiet, easy, beautiful walk through nature, starting at the Big Meadows Campground. Deer and songbirds were plentiful, and we heard (but did not see) a nearby barred owl calling “Who cooks for you.”

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Jen Byrd
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Hiking

Fun little jaunt with our toddler, and very friendly deer. But if it was just me, I'd go elsewhere. A nice short hike, but nothing spectacular that made it stand out. Lots of road noise at certain parts too.

Katie Storer
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This one was a nice hike to do with young kids. My 2 year old daughter was able to do large portions of it as it's flat and the trail well-marked. We went out and back instead of the full loop to avoid walking alongside the road.

Brian Hallen
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Walking

Great walk.

Lisa Shifflett
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Very nice trail. Very easy

Vanessa Dupree
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Great wildlife views! The deer practically walk right up to you. Easy trail. I would take this trail from Big Meadows campground to the visitor center & on to Big Meadow.

Lisa Shifflett
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Nice trail to get from the campground to the meadow

Alyssa Coldren
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Really nice family trail for the first half. I agree with previous reviewer about second half, paved trail that doesn't offer as much.

Renee Sharpe
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Hiking

This was the perfect walk if you have small children! It wasn't completely flat but not too hilly for the toddlers. There was lots of interesting stuff for them to see and a small stream that runs through. My only suggestion and a change that we will make next time is that when you reach the Story of the Forest/Big Meadows junction (where the picnic table is) I recommend turning around and back-tracking. Otherwise the trail takes you to a paved path next to the road that is boring and not good for kids. Also, I noticed that someone has put waterfall pictures on here, that is only if you take this trail down to Dark Hollow Falls and isn't actually part of this trail.

I.m. P.
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Hiking

I parked at Dark Hollow and took the trail up to the amphitheater. The roads closer to the camp grounds and amphitheater were closed. Most of the trial was snow covered...probably 6-12". Made for a good leg workout. I'm sure this is cake normally.

Elena Tate
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Hiking

This one was too easy after some of the hiking we did up here. Very nice hike. I would like to do the ranger guided hike some time.

Alan Bourne
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Hiking

An easy nature trail at Big Meadows. Although it is named Story of the Forest, part of it is open. Lots of wildlife. It was mobbed with people today because of the 4th of July holiday.

Thomas Feller
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First to Review

The best part of this trail is that there is not formal "trail". Hiking through the meadow is beautiful - something unusual in Shenandoah since most of the hikes are in the wooded areas. While we didn't hike it during the early morning or late afternoon, I've been there when I've seen people walk up to the deer in the field almost close enough to touch - it's amazing. It makes for a nice stroll, and following the wildlife trails can be fun, especially for kids. Since it's all open it also offers options for families to let kids explore a little bit on their own, but never get out-of-sight. Great to let them build a little confidence while still under the watchful eye of mom and dad.

Evan Ryder
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Carolyn Outside
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SueAnn Persick
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Dave Eagle
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Joel Harrison
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Tasha Chambers
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Alex Deluna
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Eve Hellerick
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Miki Friedmann
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