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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 22, 2020

Did the loop plus the saint marys fall trail, about 15.5 miles, over two easy days this past weekend (9/19 weekend). Looks like they very recently cleared a lot of the trails (last week or so as the clippings still had green leaves) so no problem with overgrowth. No bugs at all made it a great weekend.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 21, 2020
Off trail

We did this loop as a day hike, didn’t feel it deserve a hard rating though. We missed the trail several times and ended up hiking more than 15 miles!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 20, 2020
HikingFeeGreat!

This was a great, not too strenuous hike! My friend and I got there on a Sunday around 10:30am and there was plenty of parking. It’s a $10 fee to get into the park and they prefer cash, but luckily their card machine was working for us. For the hike, we went up the Piedmont way - I know a lot of people take the other way up through the forest first, but we really enjoyed the way we did it! I think if you go up the forest first, which I believe is the North Ridge trail, there’s a lot more sustained uphill. Going up via Piedmont gets you to the top fast and then you can enjoy your way down. I will say after the Piedmont part, there isn’t much expansive scenery, just mostly the trail in front of you, but it was still pretty and definitely worth it!

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Dan Reece reviewed Kennedy Peak Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 19, 2020
HikingBugsGreat!

I’ve been hiking this trail at least once a year since 2007. It has the best combination of length, unbelievable views, and convenience to get to the trailhead either at the Page Valley Overlook switchback or at the Camp Roosevelt parking area. Be mindful that my preference is to go in the direction of the Mt. Kennedy trail. The last 4.75 miles of the hike once you descend from the Mt Kennedy peak and fire lookout tower is incredibly steep in places (25%+ grades) with loose rock. It’s much easier to descend this part of the trail versus ascending.

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Paul Stetson Rice reviewed North Fork Moormans River
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 19, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 17, 2020
Camping

Did it as an overnight; camped at Gravel Springs. As pointed out, when going clockwise the Bluff Trail is way way after the app states. It's very well marked. Saw only one person each day; six people at Gravel Springs. Keep in mind that the only views are on the AT portion, so if its foggy at the time you hike (early morning) you won't see anything at all on this hike

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Matthew Fritts reviewed Kennedy Peak Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 13, 2020
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Patrick Cory reviewed Kennedy Peak Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 13, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 13, 2020
Hiking

Second half of the Mount Marshall Loop, from Big Devil Stairs around past Granite Spring Hut and over South and North Marshall on the Appalachian Trail back to Jenkins Gap. Pleasant hiking, three stars because three road crossings, foot traffic from two parking areas on the way. No water from Granite Spring back to Jenkins Gap; drink up and bring 1 liter per person. More in the recording notes.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 12, 2020
Hiking

Enjoyable easy overnight if you start in the afternoon and hike clockwise 7 miles to Big Devil Stairs, where there are good campsites and lots of water en route and just after. We saw no one the whole day, and lots of mushrooms and flowers. Just four stars because of flat straight trails with no views; those are at the end down the Big Devil Stairs trail, and on the second half of the loop. Important: The right fork onto Bluff Trail occurs well AFTER the USGS and All Trails maps say, and is super-wellmarked and obvious with a National Park Service post. Also, at the beginning from the Jenkins Gap parking lot you'll want to walk along Skyline Drive to the trailhead, since as others have said there is no good access downhill from the Appalachian Trail. For more on that, and a good campsite, see the recording notes.

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David Mann reviewed Box Turtle Trail MTB
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 5, 2020
HikingGreat!
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David Mann reviewed Tall Oaks Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 5, 2020
HikingGreat!
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
HikingGreat!

All up hill then all down hill. Carried 45lbs so the uphill climbs portions made it that more difficult. Solidified my commitment to buy trekking poles. Some portions of the trail were heavily trafficked but that did not take away from a wonderful hike with a great vista overlook.

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Jill Dalton reviewed North Fork Moormans River
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
HikingGreat!

Bring water shoes and come very early! Absolutely beautiful!!

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Web Crasher reviewed Box Turtle Trail MTB
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
Mountain biking

This trail will challenge your cardio system - a few MB technical options. Felt like lots of incline on a very hot day !

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Karen Ellis reviewed Tall Oaks Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 4, 2020
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Adam Ninteman reviewed North Fork Moormans River
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 4, 2020
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Matt Harbison reviewed North Fork Moormans River
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 26, 2020
Hiking

The posted trail here is only the beginning. It is well worth walking a full 2 miles (each way) to see a beautiful 30 foot waterfall and swimming hole. Packed a lunch and spent a few hours there. Well worth it.

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Terri Hewitt reviewed North Fork Moormans River
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 24, 2020
HikingGreat!

Great trail! 2 miles in and 2 miles back under green canopy. Crosses the river several times so wear water shoes and shorts. The falls at the end are really nice and the water is super refreshing. Butterflies and botanicals abound. Get there early on a weekend to get nearby parking. The trail traffic was light at 8:30am going in but at 11 am going out it was pretty heavy with lots of families. Watch out for the random stealthy jogger. Enjoy!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 23, 2020
Hiking

Boring. Very little scenery.

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Paul Davis reviewed Kennedy Peak Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 22, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 17, 2020
HikingGreat!

This was more like 5.5 miles, according to Strava. Great hike, lots of different terrain. I recommend not going up through the meadows like most people do but when you start, keep walking down the long road and go up through the forest. Then come down through the meadows, past the overlooks. Wonderful way to finish.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 12, 2020
Hiking

Well marked trails, with lots of options for shorter or longer loops. Heavily trafficked on a summer weekday. Plenty of cool shade except for short sections (the first uphill and Potomac overlook area).

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Caroline Brown reviewed North Fork Moormans River
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 10, 2020

We didn't have the time to get to the falls. We had time for 1 mile out and then back; distance was misrepresented. A nice one nonetheless but will go back for the full experience sometime.

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Cait K reviewed Kennedy Peak Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 8, 2020
HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRocky

If you are not an avid hiker do not try the loop trail. The ascent to Kennedy Peak was uneventful. Saw three campers total. The fire tower lookout was cloudy so we did not see much but a nice spot to eat snacks and drink water. At this point I would recommend doing an out and back. We did the loop on the way down. There were two overgrown sections with thorns everywhere!! Hard to navigate with a large dog. Also had to crawl through two trees that fell together. There were so many spiders we walked with sticks in front. We saw a black bear that sprinted away in terror too. Very muddy and rocky. It came out to 9.4 miles not 8.5. Make sure you go left at the trail post for Stephen trail (yellow) and then left again at the cabin where you see orange blazes again before the road. This last mile is all uphill and narrow. Hard to share with three passing horses. Maybe we could have gone straight and continued onto orange at the trail post 1 mile from the peak but that did not match the trail on all trails. Parking was unmarked and only one car at 6:30 am. It was jam packed at noon with people waiting for spots.

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