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Beautiful hike along the river. Stream crossings weren't difficult at this time. Numerous varieties of wildflowers, largest mountain laurels I've ever seen! Terrific canopy of tall trees. Steep enough to feel it, but not so much that it's challenging.

hiking
28 days ago

Great hiking trail with 3 water crossings leading to Rapidan Camp, headwaters for the Rapidan River and President Hoover's summer retreat ( predecessor to Camp David). Even better if you can catch one of the volunteers there to give you the history. 4 mile round trip from Milam Gap parking area.

We just completed this trail earlier today. We started on the blue trail (laurel prong) and made our way to hazeltop/the AT. We set up camp on laurel prong which was lovely. The area is lightly trafficked and near a water source which was great. The trail itself is fairly easy. Going from Laurel Prong to the AT is harder due to the uphill climb, but it was not too strenuous. If you're looking to go camping or take a nice hike, this is a great place to do it!

on Mill Prong Trail

hiking
1 month ago

A long hike next to a river. It's nice spending a few miles by the water but unfortunately there are little to no memorable spots along the way. The view from Bear Church Rock is truly great but then it's time to repeat the monotonous 3.5 mile hike back down. Not bad hike but also not a very memorable one. There better options in the Shenandoahs but if your looking for something new then give this a try.

Great hike. Hike was close to the water most of the way. Wasn't too hard until the last part. Ran into a bear, which was exciting.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

did this loop in reverse last week. went the a.t to the laurel prong to the mill prong. dunno if my GPS was off but we got nearly 9.5 miles and 1900 ft of ascent. nice trail, the mill prong was more scenic, the downhill to rapidan camp was like skiing on mud. This was my wife and I's 1st long hike through mountains and it didn't disappoint