Turk Mountain Trail

EASY 144 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

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

blowdown

bugs

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.

2 days ago

I wish I had headed left instead of right to begin the hike! I didn’t have a signal and I had only discovered this trail while I was driving on Skyline Drive. I figured the trail would be directly off the parking lot. Unfortunately, I hiked on the Appalachian Trail, which in this location is pretty flat and unrewarding.

hiking
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

Fun trail! Rocky in bits but nothing you can't step over. The very end is a boulder scramble but the view is more than worth it!

hiking
bugs
over grown
29 days ago

Finding the trail head was slightly challenging for an “out of towner” not used to the way VA marks some of its trailheads. The AllTrails directions perfectly brought us to the parking lot, but there are multiple trailheads of if looking to hike Turk Mtn make sure you go to the head across the road, and veer left. Afterwards it is easy to follow the trail. Only complaint was it was very buggy and the trail was slightly overgrown. Would be hard to pass other hikers or large groups on a busy day. Downside was we were .1 from the summit before encountering a bear and decided it was best to turn back. Absolutely plan on coming back another time (maybe earlier on a weekend) so that we won’t be the only hikers on the trail, and hopefully less chance of running into a bears way. Trail is easy and quick to the top, if only we had been able to make it all the way.

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over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Decent trail. Decent view. Lots of elevation gain but it makes the walk back easy.

1 month ago

Great quick hike, a good little workout since it's all uphill! I love heading to this spot for an early hike with the dog, it's a great feeling to be up there and have the place to yourself.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view! When you park cross the road and take the path to the left. The path was rocky at times and when you get to the top you have to do a little rock scrambling. Definitely apply some bug spray because we found several ticks at the end of the day.

6 months ago

Quick, short hike. Rocky and steep at times, but overall the short distance makes this an easy hike. I combined it with part of the AT to make it a little longer. View at the end is worth taking the hour and a half detour. Hiked in November with three small breed dogs. They did not have any problems.

8 months ago

Really beautiful summit! I would rate this more as a moderate, but I'm also a bit out of practice. Definitely feels longer than expected because it's all up hill. Well worth the workout though!

8 months ago

It was a good trail. Other reviews are accurate in that the last bit is a little challenging if you are out of shape or have wee legs. Great veiws on a clear day in early October.

8 months ago

Decent trail, not a lot of space at the overlook though. Probably would have rated the trail higher but the summit was too rocky for my dog to walk around on. Easy hike though if your looking for something quick and easy.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice quick hike.. great views from the summit

hiking
9 months ago

Definitely would have rated this moderate. You go down 400 feet before an uphill incline of that and more. Lots of rocks on the trail and the last bit involves climbing over giant rocks. Still I beautiful view though.

hiking
11 months ago

Fun hike! Beautiful scenery. The boulders at the top are challenging to younger hikers. I would rate this as moderate for young hikers.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

It’s a fairly easy hike and the views are great! I will say the last 1000ft are fairly rocky and might be tedious for anyone with bad or weak knees. The bugs are also getting bad up toward the top so I highly recommend some bug spray!

Friday, May 25, 2018

before you make the final right turn near the top there are some boulders on the left that offer a good view and some fun climbing. lots more room here than at the top so an ideal spit for lunch.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

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

Sunday, April 01, 2018

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.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Great hike with my dog. Highly recommend

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Awesome views on the summit!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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

Friday, October 20, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Amazing view at the top. Overall good hike.

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

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
Sunday, September 24, 2017

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

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