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Madison, Virginia Map

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

Didn't do the loop but did the trail to Big Meadow. Still came to 7.2 but was out and back. The map at the trailhead didn't show a full loop ( it was cut off) and we didn't feel like risking a longer hike than planned. Still a nice walk and not too difficult.

Great trail.....last mile and half is a good workout but there were a lot of great views during the winter months. My favorite part was the Laurel Thicket.

3 months ago

it is secluded and a nice hike but not a great view for the effort.

One of the best hikes

6 months ago

7 months ago

this is really a beautiful trail. We chose it as a second hike because we couldn't find the Pine Hill trail. We only had a few hrs and did 7 miles. It's a great trail area for family because you can go as far you want and always have a creek near by.

This hike is great. Swimming holes, waterfalls, a great view, and a cabin. When including the spur to the cabin, the hike becomes 8.1 miles with a 2130 foot gain. It was recommended that I go to the overlook first and follow it up with the cabin, and I'm glad I followed that suggestion. The falls are not quite as magical as White Oak Falls, but the view is 10x better and the solitude can't be beat.

trail running
10 months ago

Nice easy trail to put in some comfortable miles (for seasoned trail runners). I went out 4 for 8 miles RT, and could have easily gone farther with a lot more trail ahead of me -- connects to the AT. This trail section is moderately wide single track in many areas, narrow in some sections. Almost entirely under tree cover for nice shade, but not much for views.