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over grown
rocky
2 days ago

The trail itself is definitely full of rocks and overgrown but it was still a really nice hike! As long as you spray some bug spray on you won't have any issues. We took our 70lb dog with and he loved it, only found 2 ticks on him after the hike was over. Really clear markings on the trail so you know you are still going the right way and overall a good trail! Go early in the day to avoid the heat in the summer. We got there around 8am and it was perfect weather for the hike.

Good trail. Pretty mild elevation change. At the summit there is a large rock scramble.

I'd recommend this trail in cool weather. We were vacationing in July and it was hot and humid--so the fact that you're basically climbing a staircase that never ends makes it pretty uncomfortable. Very rocky terrain. Nice views but you have to stop to look or risk tripping over rocks. If you want a good workout, though, you'll enjoy it.

hiking
bugs
8 days ago

Supposedly a good place to go fly fishing but getting a spot in the river is difficult. Lots of mosquitoes and lots of ticks. Saw a black bear but it didn't notice us so we just went on our way.

take the extra 1/2 mile to the summit, not worth it if not IMHO

Amazing summit! The views are impressive but the massive rock piles will make your jaw drop! See for yourself...

I hiked this trail a couple years ago in a downpour! It seemed like a cool trail so I went back to check it out again, this time during a dryer period. Well, obviously the waterfalls were not nearly as impressive due to the lack of rain. The first two miles are an easy downhill decent followed by two miles straight back up out of the canyon followed by about 4 miles of relatively flat terrain on the AT. Saw two black bear cubs along the way which definitely boosted morale!

Very accessible, short trail with a gorgeous payoff! Our 4 year old enjoyed hiking it alongside us.

Great trail, saw two timber rattlers on the trail near the reservoir there were a few camp sites about 6 miles in if you head towards the reservoir in the beginning of the loop other than that there weren't any campsites that I could see. some water crossings. Not a bad hike, I would take beginners on the lower side of the loop good introduction to backpacking. The AT was typical and a little more challenging over all a great time. definitely bring water for the AT side gets pretty dry.

This is a great trail to take with people who don’t really want to be out hiking very long, but are physically capable of handling slippery rocks and uneven surfaces. Wonderful views! About 3/4 of it is shaded when leaves are on trees. We saw a snake right in the trail, which was interesting, but waiting for it to move on meant others caught up to us and it got a little crowded.

hiking
22 days ago

5 stars for the view.

I would recommend this trail to people with children, beginner hikers, or just someone with a little bit of time on their hands. The hike to Chimney seemed more downhill than uphill most of they way, so more incline on the way back. It took me less than 40min to get there. Some areas of the trail were narrow, and I was brushing against bushes while walking. The view was nice, but I feel like other trail offer better. I was the only person, so I had a private vista. I would imagine it would feel a little crowded with a large group. I ended up hiking a bit father down the trail to get some more distance in. I got to the trailhead sometime between 830-9am and there were a few cars in the parking lot. I did not see anyone until just before the summit, another solo hiker and a couple. However, on my way down I passed a lot of people: a group of 15, three groups with children, two adorable dogs, and a couple solo/small groups. The parking lot was overflowing when I got to my car. Someone was patiently waiting for a spot, so I left quickly. I think I would be more likely to do Turk Mountain trail instead, if wanted a short hike. However, I plan on coming back and doing the Riprap/wildcat loop. Wildlife: I saw one deer on the trail. The area was restricted for overnight use. I spoke to a ranger and she said they have spotted a mama bear and her cub in the area, so hike with caution and be smart.

hiking
over grown
scramble
24 days ago

It was a wonderful day for this hike. I decided to hike this trail counter clockwise and found it a nice hike. The top of Black Rock is one huge rock scramble with a 360 degree view, well worth it. Trayfoot mountain trail was a nice descend, but was very over grown. The only water sources are at the begin of the trail, so bring water.

hiking
over grown
25 days ago

Hike counterclockwise from Blackrock Gap. Fine hike if you just want to get into the woods. Only good view was Blackrock Summit, but can do that as a small hike. Saw a bear on our way out near Blackrock Gap. See hike report at: https://travel2walk.com/2019/07/07/virginia-hikes-blackrock-trayfoot-mountain-paines-run-loop-june-22-2019/

By far the best hike I have done in Shenandoah. It is quite the trek (closer to 13 miles if you go to the Furnace Mountain summit) but the views are spectacular. Make sure you do the detour to the top of Furnace and leave time to admire Blackrock Summit.

Very simple little loop hike with an amazing view for the payoff. I hiked it with my dog and it was very easy for her to manage all the rocks. Though the summit parking lot looked busy on a Wednesday afternoon, we only came across 3 other people on the trail. We were warned that there were several copperheads just off the trail on some rocks around the bend, but (thankfully) didn’t see any.

Nice Trail. As other commentors noted, it got VERY tight in spots where the scrub bushes began to encroach on the trail. the views from the overlooks were beautiful and the trail was well maintained and not too rocky. saw a big black snake and hears birds all around. there were bear warnings for further out on the Riprap Trail but we didn't see any. parking lot was full when we got there - there was an overlook 50 north of the trailhead so I suppose overflow parking could go there.

hiking
1 month ago

Ok loop no views. not terribly strenuous but you should be in ahape.

Awesome quick hike! Both views at Calvary and chimney are amazing! keep on mind the rocks can be slip, so please be careful!

mountain biking
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

3 stars for the Great Mountain trail, but go no further! I usually take this trail to the Little Flat Mountain Loop. In the past, I hike a bike up, then head down the hill for a lovely and technical downhill. The hike up is brutal, but usually rewarding. This time out, the trail was almost completely overgrown in some areas, not to mention several trees down. This made biking difficult at best, and hiking just annoying. Further, avoiding ticks will be nearly impossible (found 6 before they got me on the way up alone). The bugs were not too bad, but I had a horse fly that was “encouraging” me to keep moving each time I tried to take a break. This along with ticks and overgrown trail.... that’s a no from me dog, I’m out. Please note that 3 stars is for the short entrance trail, but many people continue on, hints mah rant. PS, there was a guy working on the GMT, so maybe some backup will arrive and take care of the rest? Thank you awesome bulldozer bro!

Beautiful trail! Insanely rewarding for only a mile hike, especially if you do the rock scramble to reach the summit. You get beautiful views if you don’t wish to climb rocks, but I’d say it’s definitely worth it to get the 360 view. Probably the most beautiful smaller hike we did.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

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closed
over grown
1 month ago

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