Turk Mountain Trail

EASY 90 reviews
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Turk Mountain Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crozet, 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 September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

blowdown

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. At mile 94.1, park on the east side of the Drive and begin on the Appalachian Trail. Take it for a short distance until you see the trail post for Turk Mountain.

21 days ago

Great hike. Loved that it wasn't heavily travelled. Fun rocks to climb on and sit on at the top. Great views!

21 days ago

I love this trail, but it is not that easy, not great for kids or older folks. Lovely views the entire hike up during winter/early spring and amazing views all the way around from the top. Very rocky toward the top.

29 days ago

Great hike with my dog. Highly recommend

3 months ago

More of a moderate then easy hike for kids. Otherwise great hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome views on the summit!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, took around 1.45h with breaks to enjoy the wonderful view.

6 months ago

Beautiful views at the end of the trail of the valley. Well worth your time!

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing view at the top. Overall good hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice little hike. Nice views and some opportunity for scrambling before the end of the trail. Moderately crowded on nice weekend days. Took about 2 hours up and back.

hiking
6 months ago

Two beautiful views at the end; short but challenging hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike, loose rocks and very rocky on the last incline. Beautiful view on the way up, and once you reach the top. Enjoyed this hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Hike starts on the opposite side of skyline drive from the parking lot. Loose rocks on the incline. View from summit is very nice, even on an overcast day. My father and I enjoyed this hike a lot!

9 months ago

Awesome views, dog-friendly - saw several dogs on the trail. Rocks at the top make for a fun little scramble.

hiking
10 months ago

That 2nd mile uphill along the rocky trail with no breeze on a humid day...whew! The payoff out along the rocks past the trail post...worth it! The views and the breeze were welcomed with open arms. The mountain laurel were in peak bloom and the viburnum were on their way. I also saw a lot of Indian Pipe poking their heads up. This area will be ready for blueberry picking in several weeks. Since this was a shorter hike, we drove up to BlackRock Summit Trail for additional 1.6 miles and amazing views!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

good trail for a quick hike close to the south end of the park. take the time to climb out on the talus past the summit marker and enjoy the views.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Great short hike, view is really good.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Great hike. Might be challenging for new hikers due to the incline but the view at the top is spectacular.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nice little trail. Did this one in November. Very still, quiet and calm

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Short hike - when you reach the final right turn to go up for the last bit of the hike, look left and check out the large rock scramble area first. You also have an opportunity for a second great view there and some fun. Good if you want to be up and back in under 1.5 hours. Top view is slightly anticlimactic.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Nice short hike, view at the summit was little disappointed.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

With a 9 and 7 yo. Just enough for them. Fairly easy hike. Awesome views.

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Great view and breeze. Definitely worth adding to your list!

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fairly easy hike and the view is definitely worth it!!

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

Views at the top are amazing!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Great hike with my girls and the dogs. Fantastic western overlook

cross country skiing
Monday, November 09, 2015

Great, I'd definitely do it again :)

hiking
Friday, October 23, 2015

Perfect shorter trail with outstanding view! Be sure to climb out to the end of the rock outcropping for the best views. Moderate climbs, some parts rocky, some flat, all beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, September 26, 2015

This is a fun hike with a rewarding view waiting at the end. The trail is generally narrow, and it's rocky in stretches. I loved hiking this trail, and the peak is incredible. I also enjoyed hiking a stretch of the AT on my return.

hiking
Monday, June 15, 2015

Definite 5 star hike. Downhill at first but then steadily upward with some slight rock scrambling at the very top to see the view of the valley, which is magnificent. About 1.2 mi to the top with a gradual 650 foot elevation change. Actual time spent hiking (not stopped) for us was about an hour up and back.

hiking
Saturday, July 05, 2014

This is a great introductory trail for anyone considering a more challenging hiking experience. The trail has varied terrain from star to finish and the distance is just right. The summit makes it all worthwhile which is why I gave it a 5 star rating. You will not be disappointed by Turk Mountain!

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