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Didn’t do the whole trail maybe 40% if it and the views were underwhelming. At least for the eastern side of the loop.

Great trail through a beautiful forested area. The Trail slopes gradually and evenly to the camp with excellent footing and hiking conditions. Add the Laurel Prong, Cat’s Knob, and AT to make a superb loop of nearly 8 miles length. The only tough section is around the back of Cat’s Knob. The deck is at times a jumble of rocks so the surface is uneven, but don’t lose heart. You’ll soon be back to a beautiful section of the AT that has a 2 miles stretch of gradual downhill taking you home to the Milan Gap parking lot.

4 months ago

The displayed trail starts at Boone's run, and is about a 3 mile hike in before hitting the loop. There is a campsite right at the intersection of the trails, as well as an AT shelter about 2 miles in. The trail is VERY wet and involves a lot of stream crossings, and overgrown trails. The trail has many variations, one being the AT, another being a light blue blaze that will take you up to Massanutten Ridge. I would recommended starting this hike from
a little further down Cub Run road, where there is an access trail that is only a mile and will take you to the same campsite.

After a short meadow walk, a number of downhill (and then uphill) climbs, and three water crossings, we were rewarded with a great history lesson at President Hoover’s camp. Enjoy the Prime Minister’s Cabin ... great stories and history. The climb back to the start (this is an out and back) is mostly uphill ... but you get the fun of crossing the river again three times.

6 months ago

While we had fun on this hike, the terrain varied like our emotions on the hike. The actual trail begins at the trail head of Boone’s Run which lead to some confusion. The trail is hard terrain and requires boots as it has insane changes in elevation, but amazing views and water scenery. There is no parking except on the street or by a shooting range.

A moderate hike with some fun history. Chose to do this as a loop to add a couple extra miles. I prefer hikes with a hike up to a payoff and then a gentle return but this hike is easy, leads to a payoff, then the work is back up. Overall rewarding thanks to the rangers operating the site and providing a unique history lesson around the site.

on Powell Mountain Trail

10 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. It's a great uphill climb and when the leaves are off, a great view. The trail is marked with light blue rectangular blazes. There is a concrete post marking the start of the trail.

11 months ago

You'd never know somebody could be so happy finding a trail. About a year ago this time last year, I entered the Kaylor's Knob (or Ridge) Trail at the Massanutten overlook in the afternoon for what I thought would be an out and back short run, having never been on the trail before. Well it was a little late in the afternoon and all I had on were my running shorts and a tee shirt. Somehow I missed the "end" of Kaylor's Knob and never turned around. I thought I was doing a big circle, but little did I know I was just going farther and farther north into the woods. It finally got too dark for me to see safely, so I sat on the little path, (prayed a little that it wouldn't rain) and spent the night shivering in the woods. Why didn't I call someone? - I was "that guy" in this case - no phone on me! as I thought I would be back at the overlook in no time. At 6:23 a.m. the next morning (I remember the time precisely) I started off again. It was only about 25 minutes later I came across some overnight campers that were camping not too far from the path entrance off of Airey Lane. The park rangers who picked me up said they help find about one hiker a month, but I was the farthest from where I had entered from anybody in a long long time! So anyhow, I've been searching for this path (I'm not from the area) a couple times I've been back and yesterday I finally found it! I had never asked the park rangers where it was they picked me up - I just kept searching the maps and I knew it was a long way from Massanutten . I would do it all over again - but next time will be much more prepared. Thanks for reading - I loved the path btw. I'm not sure what the section after Kaylor's Knob is called heading towards Fridley Gap, I think it called Second Mountian Trail , but there were some pretty knarly paths and dangerous slopes and rock formations. If you get a chance and are in up for it - go for it!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Decent hike - scenery a bit lacking.

lovely hike in September. 4 miles round trip to president Hoover's presidential retreat in the woods. nice waterfall just before the camp. guides at the camp to give tours. very unexpected and interesting. Non poisonous snakes around the camp so watch your step.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Really gorgeous during the summer, though a bit tough to find initially. We started at the South River Falls Trailhead, took a right on the AT and then a left onto the forest service road. From there, it's fairly easy to follow. Not too many steep areas or difficult terrain, though parts of the trail are fairly overgrown. We did see a fair amount of bear droppings, and from what we saw/read, the trail is good for seeing wildlife. Overall, it's an easy hike, and a good way to spend the afternoon.

In the first mile, just after we entered the wood line we ran into a pair of 2 year old bears. One hung around the trail. We kept our distance but had a nice encounter.
We went down the horse trail to Rapidan Camp. We had some trouble at a stream crossing but, caught the trail again on the other side.
When we got to camp, we were the last hikers of the first day of touring the Brown House, Hoover's residence.
Our hike back up was tedious. We took the fire road out. 6 miles up hill.

Nice trail. Terminated at Rapidan Camp. The Park Service had a presence at the camp today so we were also able to tour the Brown House which was an added bonus.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Lots of different trails and variations. Okay view wherever we ended up in 30 minutes. Great river rock scramble and rock scrambling up to our view

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

so many great options for different hikes. certainly my favorite in Virginia. It doesn't have to be any close to 15 miles to see plenty of beauty.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

This is a great little trail. Tough at first but provides relief once you reach the summit. The trail head is difficult to find - there is a concrete trail marker about 15 ft off the road on the left side. Drive past the little white church on your left about 50 yards, it is hard to spot. We parked in the church lot.

The hike was very secluded, which is nice. Beautiful mountain views and I'm sure we would have encountered a lot of wildlife if the fall leaves did not make so much noise with every step. Great hike, good workout, hard to find (which is nice), beautiful experience. I would certainly do this one again.

So cool to see the history. We went in November. Cold and VERY windy at the meadow but as soon as you get going on the trail it was perfect. Less than 20 yards from a peaceful doe. Great baby waterfalls. Awesome cabins to explore.

Monday, November 07, 2016

know it like the back of my hand a home away from home

Nice trail to Rapidan Camp. I enjoyed exploring the camp and learning the history of it.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Went around 4/5pm and started on the loop and set up camp off the trail before sundown. It was a gorgeous view from where I was. Woke up early the next morning and finished down the other side to the gravel fire road, I think it was called something "bear" road, it's been a couple years so my memory isn't so sharp. But my hike turned into a 22 mile hike overnight and it was the greatest experience I have ever been on.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Completed loop trail from Camp Overlook area on 2.20.2016. A nice 1/2 day hike.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tried to go yesterday and there were hunters everywhere!! Is that normal for George Washington forest?

Monday, October 26, 2015

This is a great trail. I am the Oversser for the PATC on this trail and I love it because it offers solitude, a great forest setting and wildlife.

The trail was cleared top to bottom on 10/24/15 and we saw no one on the trail on a day when the rest of the park was inundated with people.

I personally like starting at the bottom on 759, and having a more downhill experience on the way back.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Explored many times with camp horizons day hikers and backpackers. Love it! Good swimming hole about 1.5 mi in, and wild blueberries just a short side hike up to the ridge.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

This was my first trek in George Washington National Park. Very well marked orange purple orange trail loop & very technical with eleven stream crossings. I loved it!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

very nice trail. Exelent views.

After not hiking all summer we were looking for something of a warm up and this was a good choice. Being with our dogs who aren't very people friendly we chose parts of the trail that hadn't been used in a while. We left there pretty scratched up from briars but we got to see quite a few deer grazing.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fridley Gap was my childhood forest playground. Everytime I go there I feel nostalgia. Fridley Run and Boone Run are absolutely beautiful to hike along and through. The three mountains on the trail each have amazing views and the side trails leave extra adventure waiting for you to take them. Check out thr swimming hole and what I call the pyramids (rock formation in one of the Runs, that looks like the side of a step pyramid). I highly recommend this hike.

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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Beautiful views in Shenandoah! Please check out the Hoover cabins while here. There is a bus that will take you down (you can catch this at Big Meadows) to secluded cabins where President Hoover would come vacation to get away from the busyness of the White House. Such a historical landmark!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Great for a stroll around the meadow but there is much better hikes around this area . Definitely don't pass up parking and taking a good look at the meadow. Great photos and usually a deer or two strolling around :)

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