Turk Mountain Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Crozet, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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

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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.

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rocky
12 hours ago

Great trail and well maintained. Mostly shaded which was great with the sun and 80° weather today. Gets rocky towards the summit but offers amazing views! Mostly uphill.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and sweet

hiking
2 months ago

Short fun trail, well maintained. Little rock scramble at the top.

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rocky
2 months ago

This was a great trail but please be smarter than i was :) The 2.5 trail is one way- according to my Apple Watch total was 5.1 miles from beginning to marker and back! But the dogs and I loved it. It was beautiful and the weather yesterday was great!

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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scramble
2 months ago

Nice trail. Easy to navigate. Uphill most of the way. Beautiful views at the summit.

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2 months ago

Great short hike and the summit view is awesome. There are overlooks along the trail that are also great views. The trail is well worn and the summit gives a chance for scrambling over some large boulders. This is a very popular hike and the parking lot gets full.

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rocky
2 months ago

Trail was in good shape and well maintained. Couple downed trees but easy to step over. Although easy, rocky terrain made it a little uneasy for a novice hiker and a baby in our untested Osprey Poco AG. Good little up and back though with a cool cave and some great rocks to scramble out to for photos.

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2 months ago

Great trail for beginniners. Very nice view at the top. Trailhead starts across the road from the parking lot.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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scramble
3 months ago

Great short trail. Not too tricky, gentle inclines, some rock scramble at the top. Very nice day in February, not cold, not crowded. Hung out at the top for quite a while enjoying the views. Will do again.

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4 months ago

I love this trail! Going during winter time means less foliage and able to see more views. It was foggy and wet though. Be sure to go out on the rock scrambles and outcrops—gorgeous views!

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5 months ago

Did this one on an unseasonably warm (67F!) late December day, it was gorgeous - all the benefits of being able to see through the bare trees, without the cold! If you do it anticlockwise as I did, you have a docile first couple of miles then a long 3.5 mile slog of sustained elevation gain; going clockwise would probably feel easier overall, but you leave yourself with more work to do in the last few miles. I had done Turk Mountain on its own before but it’s definitely worth adding it in here for the views and the summit satisfaction.

scramble
5 months ago

Excellent trail, there are several rock scrambles with great views.

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely! Well marked, fairly crowded but considering it was Saturday around noon not that bad. Couple of rock scrambles you can climb out on for good photo ops.

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rocky
6 months ago

Nice hike through the woods and good visibility with the trees "undressed". No bugs - yeah! Start out on the AT trail and when you reach the concrete marker, hang a right onto the Turk Mountain trail. There is writing on the marker but it's pretty tiny. Trail is fairly narrow, covered in small/medium sized rocks and leaves. Downhill for about .5 mile then uphill to the lookout. There's not a lot of room at the top so on a busy day you may have to wait your turn. Beautiful views! We both enjoyed the hike ... 59 year old active woman and 70 year old fairly active man. Seems to be more a moderate than easy trail. Took us 45 minutes up and 45 minutes down - with stops for pictures.

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rocky
6 months ago

I took my 9 and 12 year thinking it was easy, and I’d say it’s more moderate. However- the kids did it and were fine with it so maybe I’m the only one whining! Nice and rewarding views on top.

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Awesome trail in southern end of Shenandoah National Park. Moderate difficulty with great panoramic westward views from the summit. Several scenic switchbacks leading up to the top. Plan for about an hour ascend, and 30 minutes descend.

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rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Good hike..borderline easy..I'd say Moderate..but nothing too tough. Great views and rock scramble at the top

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rocky
7 months ago

A bit of a workout, but a rewarding hike with a nice view.

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rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Nice short hike with wonderful views at the summit. Scrambling is optional at the summit as a bolder field extends down from the summit for several hundred feet.

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rocky
7 months ago

This trail is very popular and has high traffic from 11AM-3/4PM, I would suggest going very early in the morning.

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7 months ago

Awesome quick hike in the blue ridge mountains! Be sure to finish all the way to the top (there’s a fake end to the hike with decent view very close to the top)

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rocky
7 months ago

trailhead across street from parking lot, trail had some rocky portions near the top, is a nice short trail with a good view at the top

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rocky
7 months ago

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