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

hiking
4 days ago

generally a great hike but lots of downed trees on the trail right now. The Mosby highway crossing early on is a little unnerving.

beautiful cool day for a gorgeous hike!

Forty six degrees in late January seemed like a good idea for this hike, and it was despite no sun. Parts of the trail were snow or ice covered, but it was little problem for two oldtimers. We enjoy creek crossings, and there are a few, though it's cheating when there's a bridge. Steep, but not too bad. We'll be back in the spring.

5/5 for the challenge
2/5 for the views

The best way to describe this hike is that it is an incredible stamina builder. The views are a bit lacking except for Buzzard Hill and Bear's Den vista-wise. Although, the forest had a spooky feel to it thanks to the occasional ruin that you pass along the trail. Thanks to the recent rain and snow melt there were plenty of springs flowing through, and sometimes down the trail. This trail might have a different feel to it when the trees are in full bloom causing green tunnels, and I cannot wait to find out!

hiking
6 months ago

Gap Run is an ok trail, and you can make it a bigger loop by adding the north ridge (a little more difficult) and then back on south ridge to Boston Mill Rd. However, you get better views by simply doing the Piedmont Overlook trail.

Just a nuisance piece of the trail - no views, the trail is routed well below the parallel ridge line above instead of near the top so every spur ridge must be climbed up and down. Trail is well-maintained but boring.

1st time hiking this trail. Only did partial, my new waterproof hiking shoes were killing my toes. Love this trail, fun, challenging, and all the stream crossing. Would definitely come back with different shoes.

Very nice and relaxing stroll. Not much change in elevation. Very quiet.

We hiked from VA 601 to VA 605 today, and this was a great 7.5 mile hike. Didn’t seem hard to our group of 6, ranging in age from 48-60 something. We loved it! Never seen so many bloodroot. The bluebells were beautiful. Many creek crossings - super day on the AT.

Great and tough section of trail and the AT groups in the area have done a great job maintaining it, especially since the wind storm in early March blew over some of the big trees. Be extra cautious during or directly following rain as this is a rocky section with lots of dead leaves in some areas that could prove to be super slippery.

You can day-park your car at the Bear's Den hostel endpoint for $3 (or hitch a ride back to your car pretty easily)

13.6 miles from Bear's Den Parking Lot to Rt 50 parking lot. There were some blow down areas due to the wind storm on 3/3/18, but ATC was out there starting to clear the trail. Tough as always but worth the time and we had a beautiful day.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Our first time in Sky Meadows State Park and hiking their trails. beautiful vistas all around. Most of the trailhead start well inside the park and feed into each other at the visitor center. We brought our young dog and she had a good walk, especially when she cooled off a bit in the small stream. We took the Snowden trail which is it's own loop through the woods, up and down equally. Nice in the shade, a little buggy today, but not bad. All and all, a great Independence Day outing. A note of advise, get to know your trail map so you can choose. I found the map a little more confusing than the trail markers.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

This is an easy and pretty woodland loop at the end of Boston Mill Road, which we then took to get back to the visitor center/farmhouse area to complete our beautiful morning of hiking at Sky Meadows.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

We completed the trail near the end of our loop with the Piedmont Overlook and North Ridge Trails. We enjoyed the sounds of the flowing stream as we descended through the woods. However, my favorite portion of the trail was when it emerged to striking rolling meadow views framed by wonderful summer cloud formations and lots of beautiful wildflowers.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Took this as an alternative route to Piedmont Overlook. It offered nice shade on a 92 degree day, but it lacked the views you get on the approach up the Piedmont loop trail. Still a nice walk in the woods, though.

hiking
Sunday, January 10, 2016

A nice trail, but I hope you were planning to do Gap Run. That is how you get to it.

hiking
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Other than being listed in the wrong park, this is a nice walk.

hiking
Monday, January 04, 2016

This trail is in Sky Meadows State Park, not Shenandoah National Park. It starts behind the visitor center on 710. Take it to the Snowden Loop Trail.

hiking
Monday, January 04, 2016

Another one of the park's short trails. You will need to take Gap Run to get to it.

hiking
3 months ago

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