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Visited on a beautiful summer Saturday and not a single other person was on the trail the entire time. Starts narrow with little rocks and then widens and mellows. Beautiful stream parallels the trail about halfway down. Just past the little bridge at the end to the left was a little double two foot falls into a little pool, maybe 18 inches deep. We lounged on the rocks and dipped into the pool. Cold water. Fun hike! No waterfalls or springs as marked.

1 month ago

first "real" hike for my almost 4 year old. make sure to grab a kids' map at the trailhead; my daughter enjoyed following along with the landmarks. we saw several chipmunks and squirrels and a box turtle, plus heard a lot of birds. incline is just enough to get some work in but not tiring

This has a tag for hot springs but it doesn’t mention them in the description. Does anyone know if there is hot springs there?

if you're looking for some solitude, this is one for you.

5Jun18-weekday afternoon overcast 70° hike. The whole Loop took about an hour and a half with stops. Drank 2 liters of water along the way. This hike started off at the Dickey gift shop and an incredible view of the Shenandoah Valley. The only people I saw the whole time on this hike was in that area. I never saw a soul on the loop except for my poles haha. as far as Wildlife goes, there were a lot of bear warning signs... But all I saw were squirrels (and one platypus ;-)

I did the loop clockwise and it began by climbing for the first 20 minutes. this is where I broke the majority of my sweat. The trail is pretty even some rocky outgrowth. But It pretty much leveled out after that and was mostly downhill. There were a couple of Spurs I could not go to because I wore shorts....and I could see poison ivy creeping up over the trail. If I had the hike over again I would have work long pants for this time of year because of the poison ivy. When I got back to the parking lot, I just washed my calves and ankles with soap and water since the bathrooms were still open. all good :)

The only place the trail got tricky to follow (because the overgrowth) was at The Farmhouse itself. I started going left when I was supposed to follow the trail down to the right, over a recent rain made Creek and then join a big trail.

* Really nice peaceful hike, would love to do it again in the winter just to see how it looks then.

Happy Travels!
the RAWG

I did this as a point-to-point from Compton Gap to the park entrance. it was approximately 10 miles with 900' of elevation gain. Heading in the opposite direction, it is a far more difficult hike. The highlights are a stop at the visitor center and the definite possibilty of seeing a bear.

My favorite trail starts 1 mile from my door.

Pretty good trail to do with kids and dogs...well maintained. Counter-clockwise travel knocks out the steeper parts first.

11 months ago

Nice secluded trail. Damp, so lots growing, but I imagine it gets very muddy if it rains.

Fun trail to do with your family. It has a couple of nice inclines/declines, but my 8, 6 and 4 year old boys were able to easily handle them. If you go clockwise on the trail and get to the TSA beacon, that is not the "summit". Go about 200 yards further on the main trail and you will not miss it.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It was good for what I wanted today. Would have liked more incline/declines, but just a nice hike/walk in the woods. Mostly deer for wildlife and my dog had fun. One nice overlook view on the loop.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Nice trail LOTS of deer today. Good cover on a drizzly day. Starts out closed up brush then opens up with sparse but expansive woods. Took my dog for the Dickey Ridge Trail to Snead Farm Loop around and back.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A great family trail. Not much by way of views but you see the family cemetery and the walk has just enough incline to be interesting but not so much to be daunting. Families with dogs make this loop all the time.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The walk through the woods was peaceful. The kids enjoyed looking for the various items that the visitor center provided. All in all, decent trail and nice start to Shenandoah.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Ok hike, pretty views at Dickies Hill but other than that not a hike I'd repeat. Went with Linda and Beth

Sunday, May 28, 2017

its a nice walk through the woods, short and easy. trail a little narrow sometimes so beware of ticks from the grass. only one really good view from the trail but there is a nice picnic area and visitors center for the family.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Not a bad outing to do with the family.

on Dickey Ridge Trail

Monday, February 20, 2017

Great day for a hike, only went up 4 miles but it was a good moderate uphill trail!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We brought our six month old lab here for his first hike in mountains. Having hiked some of the more "dramatic" hikes in the park, I didn't go into this one with a lot of expectation other than a nice walk in the woods. I was pleasantly surprised though. Not much elevation change but there are a couple of hills to climb. The walk up the path through the electrical poles was pretty cool. The farm itself was a nice stopping point. Not much to look at, basically an old barn but fun anyway. We kept going and came to a really nice overlook on Dickeys Ridge and took some pics. All in all nothing crazy but it did exceed my expectations.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

great views, enjoyed the mixture of trail.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

We like the trail however it takes a while to get to the outlook. Overall, it was a good hike!

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Started at the Dickey Visitor Center picnic area. Go along the picnic area road and across Skyline Drive onto the service road. Go straight until the service road goes up the hill to the right. You go to the left onto the Snead Farm Loop Trail, which will take you to Snead Barn and then joins to the Dickey Ridge Trail to take you around Dickey’s Ridge (and gives you a magnificent view of the valley). The total loop is about 3.5 miles. It does have some climbing in it. I did it in 45-degree weather (Jan 4, 2017) with rain jacket, sweat shirt, and t-shirt on most of the time except for the climbs, where the jacket and sweat shirt came off. Great trail for a moderate hike. You can add on the Fox Hollow Trail loop to add 2.5 miles to the hike. It joins the Dickey Ridge Trail. BTW, the park trails are open all year long unless the park is closed due to bad weather. And, you can take you dog on this hike with you.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I did out and back from 522 to comptons gap , aside from the cold there is a whole lot of elevation including lots of switch backs . Not sure who called this trail easy but I would rank it more on the moderate side and if you do out and back the last ascent is pretty brutal . Once you get to the fire road in the park I would say that is easy and not steep . The rocks at the top before you get into the park is pretty awesome ! Pretty bad ass section of the AT and I would recommend it if you like the elevation .

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A moderately easy hike to the Snead Farm barn, root cellar and the stone wall/foundation of the farmhouse. The hike up Dickey Hill is slightly strenuous, but the view of the Shenandoah Valley from the top is worth the effort. The trailhead starts on the east side of Skyline Drive, MP 5.1, across from the Dickey Ridge Picnic Area. There are restrooms that the picnic area. Blue blazes mark the trail.

Friday, November 11, 2016

A short and easy loop past some historical ruins, and a family's cemetery. Interpretive brochures are available at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, MP 4.6 on Skyline Drive. Blue blazes mark the trail. Restroom are available at the Visitor Center.

Monday, October 31, 2016

This was selected as an easy trail for kids, and that turned out to be true (we just made it an out and back hike to Snead Farm to limit length, rather than doing the full loop). We also took the kids on the Fox Hollow trail, which I preferred, since it was a footpath through the forest rather than an old farm/utility road.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Decent trail for a quick family hike at the north end of the park. Very doable for 4-year-old legs. Forested the whole way, so it doesn't offer views of the valley, but the forest itself is scenic and pleasant.

on Fox Hollow Trail

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Quick loop that will kick your glutes in gear with the incline that "doesn't stop!" Kidding! Not bad, just some uphill that keeps you working to close the loop!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Good hike. A little steep at first once you leave the road going counter clockwise. Bring a lunch and a blanket and enjoy the view. It's obvious where that'll be.

Monday, October 10, 2016

I would agree with the other reviews on this being an excellent trail for a beginner/new hiker to the Shenandoah. I used to hike more and be in better shape and I'm trying to get back into it. If that describes you as well, know that this is a nice hike but it is not "leisurely" in many places. For a seasoned hiker this trail is a piece of cake. For those not used to hiking, know that this will push you at times, but hopefully you will keep wanting to come back for more!

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