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Best trails in Elkton

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Looking for a great trail near Elkton, Virginia? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Shenandoah National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Ragged Mountain Natural Area or Kemper Park. Ready for some activity? There are 18 moderate trails in Elkton ranging from 0.8 to 20.8 miles and from 1,384 to 4,045 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Elkton
Top trails (24)
#1 - Bearfence Mountain Trail
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 34 m
After parking in the Bearfence Mountain parking lot, cross Skyline Drive and follow the blue blazes of the Bearfence Trail. The Bearfence Trail leads up a steep slope that eventually turns into a scramble climb to the summit of Bearfence Mountain. Blazes mark the best scramble climbing route. The view from the summit is well worth the climb as it is one of only three summits in the park that has a 360-degree view. Getting down from the summit requires a short scramble climb, after which the Bearfence Trail returns to a normal hiking surface. The Appalachian trail can be accessed from either one of two right turns from the Bearfence Trail. The second right turn should be followed to complete the one-mile loop. The Appalachian Trail leads back down the mountain to Skyline Drive. The scramble climb makes this trail a unique hike to a great view. Anyone who is reasonably fit and flexible should be able to handle the scramble climb, but hikers who have issues with heights may want to skip this trail. Near the summit, the climbing path occasionally passes within eighteen inches or so of sheer drops. This is also definitely not the trail for families with kids small enough that they have to be carried, and older children may also find the climb difficult.Show more
#2 - Hightop Peak Trail
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
#3 - Fridley Gap Trail
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 39 m
There are two different entrance points for this trail. This map leaves from the main trailhead at Boone's Run and is about a 3 mile hike in before hitting the loop. If you wish for a shorter trek, start your hike from the end of Airey Road at Fridley Gap.Show more
#4 - Hightop Peak Loop via Appalachian Trail
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 5 h 2 m
NOTE: As of January 2020, please prepare for winter driving conditions on Skyline Drive. Please call to check the road status before coming: 540-999-3500. Show more
#5 - Frazier Discovery Trail
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 53 m
NOTE: As of July 2020 all of Shenandoah National Park is OPEN and has entered phase two of opening due to COVID-19. Please check the park website for more information and details: https://www.nps.gov/shen/phase-two.htmShow more
#6 - Rapidan Camp, Cat Knob and Hazeltop
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 36 m
This trail begins across the road from Big Meadows wayside. You start off on Rapidan Road, go a little over 1 mile then take a right onto the horse trail until you reach an intersection then take a left on Millprong.Show more
#7 - Saddleback Mountain and Appalachian Trail Loop
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
#8 - Hightop Trail
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
#9 - Big Run, Doyles River, and Frazier Loop
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 16.8 mi • Est. 9 h 30 m
#10 - Appalachian Trail, Hawksbill, Horseshoe Trail, and Rose River Loop
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 20.8 mi • Est. 11 h 25 m
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