Sugarloaf Loop via Appalachian Trail

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Sugarloaf Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bentonville, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.5 miles
915 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers

Friday, October 27, 2017

Begin at the trailhead at Red Byrd cabin. It's near mile marker 22. Follow trails doing left turns. Trail is long inclined but also long flat areas. Not incredibly beautiful but a nice walk in the woods.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Beautiful hike through ferns and mountain laurel with a few vistas.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nice hike. It took us about 2.25 hours to do the loop. Nice walk through the woods with a couple of nice overlooks up along the ridge on the AT. The inclines were all that steep so not too hard of hike.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Not many vistas. Sort of uneventful. Mostly flat with a few hills which will get you breathing.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Great winter hike. Good views and elevation changes not bad except where you zig zag back up the AT heading south to complete the short loop.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

We started on the Piney Branch trail and decided to take this loop instead. The best part was walking a little bit of the Appalachian Trail. Very easy walk. Made the whole loop in about two hours.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Easy trail, lovely at this time of year! The leaves were vibrant and contrasted amazingly with the bright blue sky. We started where these directions had us drive to at Rattlesnake point overlook. From there we started on the Appalachian trail and then turned left onto Piney trail, then left on pole bridge link trail, left onto Sugarloaf trail which looped us back to the Appalachian trail and back to our starting point. The trail is pretty clearly marked you just have to remember to keep turning left, therefore completing the loop. But we passed many people so I think others start from another way but we enjoyed this way which brought us downhill and then up to the top of the ridge on the Appalachian trail. The slope is very gradual making this a very simple hike.

Monday, September 05, 2016

My friends and I were looking forward to a moderate hike for a few hours but we were actually kind of disappointed. I don't know what trail people are going on that is several miles, but if you go up and park in the east or west parking lot, it's a very short hike (took us like 10 mins) up to the top of the mountain. We ended up parking at the very bottom of the mountain and the walk up on the road was the longest part. We went up to watch the sunset and it was very beautiful, we were just disappointed by the brevity of our hike up.

Friday, October 09, 2015

First time on this trail. I love little devil stairs and i will use this trail to return to the skyline parking next time

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Very nice trail but you do really need to have your map and or GPS with you. While there are trail markers, they are not plainly marked and don't always match up with trail names on the map. Other than that it was a very peaceful trail. I did run into a few people towards the end of the hike but that was around 9AM. I took longer than needed because I was doing nature photography. If the trail markers were better I'd give this a 4.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It is poorly marked on the maps and because of that I ended up doing a 10 mile hike instead of a 5 mile! If u hike this trail pay close attention to your markers!!!

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

recorded Sugarloaf Trail

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013