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Beautiful View. I didn't do the trail because it was 19 degrees and super windy. But I was able to make it to the view point which was excellent and right off the park area. Ill be back for a hike.

starts off pretty easy and can get steep in some parts. not a whole lot for views, but it is secluded and we ran into some bears. towards the end, there is some forestry going on and multiple trails and it starts to get confusing. you will not find the mine on this trail.

I saw no creek on the trail, but there was plenty of water all around. It was a nice walk in the woods....

I did not hike this entire trail. I just went to the overlook, and I was shocked more people weren't there. Just 0.1 miles off the road, it was a gorgeous view. The weather on the top of the mountain was cool and windy, which was perfect for setting up a hammock on a summer's day.

My previous review was for the short Thunder Ridge Overlook Loop before AllTrails merged it with this small section of the AT. I made it back today with my family so they could enjoy the wonderful view from the picturesque stone lookout on a beautiful summer day. I will be back to hike the Apple Orchard Mountain area and hopefully can included a longer portion of this scenic stretch.

beautiful hike all the way through!

Couldn't find the trail! Directions sent me to a dead end road at one point. There was an old road that looked like it could have led to it, but was afraid to park anywhere as its a residential area. Ended up hopping back on the highway and going to Wilson mountain trail.

Very private and the creek access is great

walking
Monday, November 28, 2016

It is basically just a loop from one end of the parking area to the other (milepost 74.7). But the view from the pretty stone lookout deserves four stars. Be sure to look north for the huge boulder field at Devil's Marbleyard (a future destination for me). The Appalachian Trail passes through here, and affords the opportunity for some great hiking...maybe a trek south to Apple Orchard Mountain (the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia).

mountain biking
Monday, November 14, 2016

It was a nice ride, but too early in the morning.

mountain biking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Nice ride. We camped here and got an early start.

great hike. beautiful. losts of water and a pretty waterfall at the end. gotta climb up rocks by stream to see full waterfall

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Loved it. Not too steep, perfect with pup and baby in a carrier. largely shaded, cool in the morning.

camping
Thursday, October 22, 2015

This place was absolutely beautiful! A small campground with secluded sites make for a great experience. Creek access from EVERY campsite, fire pit, lots of space and privacy, $10 a night! And a beautiful drive up to the campground. I will definitely be back.

camping
Monday, September 07, 2015

Loved this place! Bathrooms and showers were super clean and the environment was laid Bach and not too crowded.

I can't believe we're the first to review this amazing gem! North Creek is by far our favorite spot. We stopped here heading out of Shenandoah and can't begin to do it justice. The road to get there is mostly all paved and easy to navigate in car or SUV sun or rain.
We stayed at campsite #10 (#11 was the best but a guy had it locked up) the stream is accessible from most campsites (why we enjoy it so much!) and provides the best background music to a camping experience. We have a Platypus filter and the easy stream access means we're always full up. The dog loved it (the water blocks out bumps in the night that keep her up).
Was very wooded- we were able to set up our hammock right next to our campsite. Lots of firewood on the ground. Love the fire pits! It rained after we set up and my boyfriend was able to build a small fire and use the grate to dry logs for additional kindling. Also, because it's bear country there are posts for hanging items.
Though it rained the campsite dried very quickly, and with the dense trees, the warmth hung in the air and made for an enjoyable night in the tent.
The campsites themselves are large enough to have space but are very private from each other. The bathrooms are very clean and close by to our site.
The host was very kind and for $10/night we might be back every weekend.
We just can't tell you how much we love North Creek.

on Cave Mountain Lake

hiking
Friday, June 14, 2013

Anyone have pics to upload of this hike?

hiking
Friday, June 14, 2013

Oh but the way back down was easy all downhill..

hiking
Friday, June 14, 2013

This was a peaceful hike. My two kids and myself. We never passed anyone it was up hill wow feel the burn ha ha.. No it's not that bad my pack was a little heavy. I uploaded like 4 or 5 pics. The trail only goes up to the rocks and another trail. There's a flat area for a blanket to picnic. It's ok.. Nice to add it as another check mark done.. But I won't hike it again.

hiking
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I used this trail to lead me onto the appalacian trail. It's about 1.5 miles and up hill to the AT.

on Spec Mines Trail

hiking
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This particular trail won't lead you to the mines as I'm sure the forest service doesn't really want you playing around in them, however I live near this area and have made the trek to the mines themselves. As long as you are careful it is a fun journey with lots of stuff to explore once you get there.

Mostly down hill when you hike south but if you hike on through to Black bear wallow the last 5 or 6 miles are mostly up hill. The total hike is around 18 miles and almost kicked my butt! So.... stop at Jennings Creek or be in good shape. The day I hike was around 95 degree's I,m sure that did not help. Good luck!!!

on Spec Mines Trail

hiking
Thursday, January 06, 2011

Not a bad hike at the beginning. I started on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hike down isn't to bad as it is mostly down hill but once you decide to turn around is where the burn begins. I was actually headed out to see if I could find the mine itself which I didn't. All in all a great strenuous hike, no one there but the dogs and me.

camping
Friday, August 06, 2010

there is also a hiking trail on grounds, believe it was 4.5 mile loop, very nice ridge walk, came across a turkey skeleton with feathers..

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Monday, September 02, 2013