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I love this trail. It has decent views, rugged terrain, and decent elevation gain. I highly recommend doing this hike clockwise, as AllTrails suggests. A clockwise attack is not only easier, but you save most of the views for the end which is a good pay-off. The fire road portion is boring, but you only have to endure it for about a mile right in the middle of the loop. If you are super anti-fire road walking, you can always skip it via the Meneka Peak Trail that makes the loop a little shorter by cutting through right at the ridge line (also avoiding a 500 ft elevation loss/gain right in the middle of the hike).

hiking
1 month ago

First off do not follow this map, it is not an actual trail. You have two options: Option 1 - follow the fire road and take a right onto Simons Graveyard trail, follow it until you come up to a T and go left and follow the Blue markers until the top; Option 2 - stay on the fire road until you come up to the Pink markers on the right and follow that until you come to a T then go left and follow the Blue markers. Trail is not Easy it is more in line with Moderate/Hard. Rough estimate for both trails is Blue out and back is 7.6 miles, Pink out and back is 7.4 miles. Hope this helps everyone and the trail really needs re-mapped so people know what they are in for.

This hike is absolutely wonderful when the mountain laurel is in full bloom. We didnt care that it was too foggy to see anything at the overlook today. The flowers made up for it.

The initial ascent is very rocky. After you get up to the top, it's fine. Once you hit the Tuscarora, it was not rocky at all.

Just dont go to the overlook as an out and back.

hiking
2 months ago

Mountain Laurel was in full bloom on Memorial Day weekend in 2018, surrounding and papering the well groomed trail surface. We clocked the distance for a bit under 9-miles and passed through or over mountain spurs to the peak. There were no other hikers on the Kennedy part of the trail (about 7 miles) on a holiday weekend. The view at the peak was excellent when we were there.

Parking is good and the trail (actually a circuit) is well marked by orange, yellow (or tan?) and brown blazes. There is camping at several locations.

We will definitely do this trail again.

This is probably skewed because I had to carry two children the last mile but I just didn't enjoy it. There weren't really that many great views and it was so brutal on the feet with all the rocks. When I say rocks it's not fun bouldering or anything, just uneven and hard terrain that even really good boots can only stand up to for so long.

It is a pretty gentle climb, be ready for water crossings. After several inches of rain the night before the crossings we're all still manageable.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Very rocky and steep inclines. Lots of wildlife including deer, squirrel, toads, newts, corn snakes, and even a box turtle!! Signal Knob's view is amazing too as well as the TV tower up top Mt Massanutten.

horseback riding
3 months ago

Beautiful trail! love going up by the reservoir, and all the creek crossings♡

hiking
3 months ago

80% rocky but great views and a great workout . went counter clockwise , saw many nice and recently used primitive campsites but there is a sign in the parking lot stating no camping so I am confused but worth while trail nonetheless

walking
4 months ago

Nice hike. It is a well maintained trail. Fair amount of horse droppings along the lower trail. Even after reading the previous reviews, I missed the turn down from the upper trail. The turn is marked with white survey tape on a branch and the trail markers Change from orange to yellow. I recommend using the apps gps function for this transition. Enjoy the views.

hiking
4 months ago

Good day hike, and with most of the views facing north around the mid-way point, you can start this clockwise or counterclockwise in the morning and your photos will still mainly have the sun to your back. I did not give this five stars as the firebreak road can get a bit boring and other than the outcropping on signal knob, there are not that many views and. because signal knob is so far north in the ridge line, most of the views are just a flat populated valley.

Lots of rocks on the trail, lots of debris and very little pay off.

We opted to check out Elizabeth Furnace since we had a nice break in the weather. We’d heard good things about the park so figured we’d give it a go but ultimately didn’t care for the trail we did. There are some pretty cool features and it was great to be outside but the trail ends in an intersection of other trails and doesn’t offer much else. If we ever do this one again it will be to link up with the Buzzard Rocks trail.

Side note: as someone previously mentioned, the trailhead is hidden away. It is directly to the RIGHT of the covered table area. Follow the light blue blazes.

best app for all the trails, deff the best I have had, good job!!!

hiking
5 months ago

A difficult trail due to the rocky terrain. However, the views of the valley offer a great reward. One of my local favs.

Very rocky trail... great workout.

very rocky, but worth the hike to the top. Great views, have done this hike 5 times and still look forward to doing it again.

hiking
7 months ago

Cold day (17F) with a light layer of snow. Well kept trail with worthwhile view at the top. Nice way to end 2017.

8 months ago

Great trail with good elevation change. The late fall views are amazing. Make sure to have enough water and sturdy footwear.

camping
9 months ago

Hiked up Friday afternoon camped on Meneka Peak. Then hiked to Signal Knob and back down Saturday.

camping
9 months ago

I put five stars for excitement. I had hiked the entire trail several times, but never camped overnight. This time my soul mate and I decided to try it. We hiked in counterclockwise and set up our tent and hung our bear bag. We then hiked up to Buzzard Outlook for a nice afternoon jaunt. We got back to camp and had dinner. We went to bed quite early, as we had a busy week. We planned to head to the top of Signal Knob in the morning. About an hour after we got into our tent, the sound of heavy footsteps woke us up. Our ursine friend poked around our camp for about twenty minutes, circling our tent and sniffing it. It bounded off, obviously spooked by something (perhaps our halted breathing or our racing hearts). We got up to examine any damage and found a couple of toothmarks in a water bottle and in our hanging water filter. We went back to sleep after our heart rates lowered substantially. We were awakened several hours later (presumably by the same bear) and were “entertained” by its roaming around our tent again. It wandered off after this second foray after twenty minutes. We got up (we didn’t get much sleep) about 7 and packed. We’ll hike the rest of the trail some other time.

trail running
9 months ago

Just ran this (October 2017) and want to give a fair warning to others: it is tough. Ran counterclockwise, like others recommended, and had several (10+) near-misses for ankle sprains and hyperextended knees primarily because the trail is very rocky and the footing uneven.

I brought 64oz water and kicked it about two miles before getting back to the parking lot. Overall, this is a really fun and challenging trail to run. Very lightly traveled and the view from the top is great.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views. The first two miles to the peak is a moderate hike, the last .5miles is moderate to difficult and very rocky.

10 months ago

It was a nasty day but we could imagine it would have pretty views. It was extremely peaceful

hiking
10 months ago

Completed this 9 mile loop clockwise in 4 hours, beginning from the lower parking lot. Both trails (yellow and orange) were marked clearly. As to the confusing spur trail below Kennedy Peak some have complained about, it had been blocked off with rocks and branches. One complaint I had was the constant presence of mosquitoes even in late September.

hiking
11 months ago

I liked the trail quite a bit. For a person in his 60s whose knees are not what they used to be, it's still a great walk. Just have some sticks ready to help with balance if you're as flat footed as I am. We saw two people in two hours so I'd say that's pretty light traffic.

Good elevation gain. Feel like you're really working out in a pretty environment! Not the best for little children.. Maybe for a mile or so.

11 months ago

Pretty easy stroll with a beautiful view at the top. Just a little tip- there's a switchback that is easy to miss and go the wrong way around the peak.

Solid hike make sure you a lot at least 6 hours took me 5 but I jogged some of it gets hard but pays off !

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