Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Luray with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked today. I actually missed it first time - kept going on orange blazed trail, and had to come back. Loring S. review down there is the most useful as far as direction goes. Except - there is no pile of rocks any longer indicating where you turn right on purple trail. Anyway, start with yellow blazers trail, then follow trail with orange blazes. If you keep follow orange blazed trail and it descending to overgrown trail down - you have missed the right turn to purple blazed trail to Strickler Knob. Come back. Purple trail is not that hard, just take it slow, find your footing, look for purple blazers on stones (I wish they repainted, and put more of those).

The view from the trail is amazing, but be aware that this trail is not rated difficult because it's steep, it's all rocks. At some points you will be jumping over gaps in rocks where the ground is at least 10 feet below. Also the trail is very confusing since there is no actual trail to follow, just a bunch of rocks and trees and a few trail markers. It's pretty dangerous, so be very careful. I ended up falling, getting cut up and bruised pretty badly and getting lost trying to get to a point where i could climb back up and find the trail. If you want to go here, do NOT go alone.

Views were hit and miss over the holiday weekend with the storms, ..but where they were there, very hard to beat anywhere on the east coast.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy stroll through the wilderness, well maintained walking path easy for very young kids.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike on a fall afternoon. We started further south on Christman Hollow Road in order to add a few miles to this hike and come up the creek. In retrospect, that did not add too much enjoyment as the drop down from the ridge to the creek/river is extremely steep and was rough sledding with all the leaves down. The last mile of the hike to the view is really enjoyable and the view to the south is impressive. Lots of friendly birds at the top. As the view is south to southwest, time your arrival to arrive earlier in the day or later in the afternoon to avoid the sun directly in your face as you take photos.

hiking
6 months ago

awesome hike with great views, it earns its 'hard' rating at the top

Fun

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail very flat. My wife was able to push our 2 year old in her carriage the entire way with no problem. There are plenty of benches along the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike. Variety of terrain but short enough for anyone in decent shape. Definitely would advise against if it’s raining. Difficult to spot the hard right at the top of the mountain so use some common sense and if you reach an apex and start heading downhill, turnaround.

on Strickler Knob Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Incredible hike with incredible views. It was worth the long drive for us to get there. Check out my full write up along with pictures and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/stricklerknob/

walking
9 months ago

Relaxing walk with lots of new benches and scurrying shrews. Leaves have begun to turn auburn.

A nice short level Trail even on a misting rainy day. Especially if you love trees. Don't be sad by the old fallen hemlocks. You'll see there's new growth growing up in and around them! You can connect to the White Oak Canyon Trail to make it longer.

hiking
9 months ago

This hike is well worth the view at the top. It is an uphill climb all the way, some parts steeper than others, but the trail was well maintained and easy to follow. A few areas were a bit muddy, most likely from past rains. It gets rocky the closer you get towards the peak so be prepared to maneuver rocks and climb a bit: because of this I would not recommend bringing dogs. The phenomenal view at the top makes the steeper parts of the trail worth it. Tracked my hike right at 5.5 miles, taking up two and a half hours: not including the time spent hanging out at the top.

scenic driving
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Beautiful drive any time of year through Shenandoah. Even more so in the fall when the leaves change color. A must-do drive if you live in the area.

Monday, July 10, 2017

We really enjoyed this hike. AllTrails thinks you've arrived at the Trailhead to this hike about a half mile too early, so keep driving and you'll come to the Trailhead on your right. There's room for maybe 4 cars to park here, but this hike doesn't strike me as one that is ever crowded. The first mile is steady and steep uphill, while the next mile is pretty flat and rocky, including a grassy meadow. Someone mentioned the burnt section of forest, which you encounter on the initial uphill; it really was a unique portion of the trail, at least for us. For the last roughly 2/3 to 3/4 of a mile, you will take the purple blazed trail (the orange blazed trail continues to your left, you will go right onto the purple blazed trail). This section of trail is very very rocky and requires some minor rock scrambling at the end when you're closing in on what I assume to be Strickler Knob itself. The views at the top are great, 360 degree views. The flies were pretty bad at the top, however, and there was no breeze to speak of. I imagine in cooler months, that the bugs would be minimal/non-existent, and you won't be swatting at them constantly like we were. All in all, this was a great hike, and one we would like to do again come fall time.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Nice easy stroll to stretch your legs. We saw a few rabbits... it's to bad that the old hemlocks are gone...they would have made this trail really interesting back in the day.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Great hike. Heads up: 1.5 miles in, traveling counter clockwise on this trail, there's a nest of angry yellow jackets. Bit our party and other folks we talked to on the trail.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Great hike. Heads up: 1.5 miles in, traveling counter clockwise on this trail, there's a nest of angry yellow jackets. Bit our party and other folks we talked to on the trail.

scenic driving
Thursday, June 15, 2017

I have been lucky enough to experience this drive 4 times...I will never tire of it. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

We saw a black bear this morning!

walking
Friday, April 28, 2017

The Limberlost Trail is wheel chair accessible, with lots of benches for sitting and enjoying the outdoors. We were amazed at the number of chipmunks. Park in the Limberlost lot MP 43. The nearest bathroom is at the Skyland Dining Room.

Monday, April 03, 2017

definitely a uphill all the way to the top nice little pond right before the intersection then the rocks scrambles to the end...differently suggest leave the dogs home (loved th view)......

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Nicely maintained trail, accessible. Recommend for gentle hiking and opportunities to see wildlife.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Probably one of my favorite day-hiking trails. It has a good length and there is a lot of rock scrambles and climbing which makes it even more fun. It is somewhat challenging but at the end of the Trail, there is a gorgeous view of the Page Valley.

do not bother with this one it's on private property on a private road.

road biking
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Beautiful views!

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

I followed the direction and it led me to the Shenandoah Woods which is a wedding venue and accommodations in Luray. Unless you a guest do not hike there.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

This was a fun hike with varied terrain. The area that had been cleared by a forest fire was interesting to see. There's a highland meadow you walk through, as well as more forested areas, and a lot of rock hopping. In general, it's a very rocky trail, so wear solid footwear with good ankle support; it would be very easy to twist an ankle on this terrain.

There is what I would classify as a very minor "rock scramble," and some very interesting rock formations. There are also some really nice surprise pullouts on the trail, including some excellent camp sites with great views of the Valley. Ultimately, once you climb to the top of the rocks at the end of the trail, you get excellent 360 degree views.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Easy trail for all. Even off road stroller friendly and/or wheelchair. Saw 2 deer as well!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Very nice and easy trail for all levels. Sadly, did not see any wildlife but it was a very pleasant walk for our whole family (ranging in ages 2-60+), followed by lunch at Skyland after. Also intersects with other trails, including White Oak.

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