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hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
4 days ago

Started off pretty nice and then turned out to be forest road after forest road. Toward the end it was so muddy from the logging trucks that you had no choice but to muck through the mud. Good for miles, but I will not be recommending it to any of my friends.

Did this as a trail run to include the full sky meadows loop about 6.5/7 miles. There is nothing special about the trail overall. The overlook is very beautiful. Trail is well kept. Keep an eye in the blazes as it changes throughout the trail. This was perfect for a run. First incline is steep, especially for a start. Gets your heart rate up then a good balance of incline and decline. Took just over 90 min to complete the full 7 miles. Fun afternoon run. 7.00 parking fee per car. I will be back to lower my time

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fee
5 days ago

Did this as a trail run. There is nothing special about the trail overall. The overlook is very beautiful. Trail is well kept. Keep an eye on the blazes as it changes throughout the trail. Use gps or grab a map as this is not a marked trail. This was perfect for a run. First incline is steep, especially for a start. Gets your heart rate up then a good balance of incline and decline. Took just over 90 min to complete the full 7 miles. Fun afternoon run. 7.00 parking fee per car. I will be back to lower my time

Did this as a trail run to include the full sky meadows loop about 6.5/7 miles. There is nothing special about the trail overall. The overlook is very beautiful. Trail is well kept. Keep an eye in the blazes as it changes throughout the trail. This was perfect for a run. First incline is steep, especially for a start. Gets your heart rate up then a good balance of incline and decline. Took just over 90 min to complete the full 7 miles. Fun afternoon run. 7.00 parking fee per car. I will be back to lower my time!

Easy for the most part. Today was quiet but at some parts the trail is shared with bikes. Good to know.

hiking
5 days ago

I saw two other people on the trail today, probably because it’s a cooler day and a little misty.

Very nice park. the trails are ideal for horses, so hiking is a breeze. I don't think this should be a moderate, it is definitely easy. Very clear signage and wide, well maintained trails through mostly pine and some hardwood forest.

Easy hike with some cool sights. The bridge, the cave, and the creek were all captivating. The waterfall at the end seems like it would be incredible if you could actually see it from the platform.

Great trail. Would suggest going counter clockwise once you get to the loop. Went on a Sunday, did not see another soul on the trail. Talk about social distancing.

hiking
7 days ago

A simple and straightforward gravel trail wide enough for vehicles to pass through. There are a handful of benches along the route to sit and look at birds. A small snake was seen on the trail during the hike. Trail halfway point brings you to a beautiful stretch of beach along the Potomac with a boardwalk overlook. Expect to see walkers and people fishing in that area. There are a handful of picnic benches at the beach as well, and racks for canoes/kayaks/SUPs. Trail worked well for a jogging stroller, young kids enjoyed it most of the way.

Probably my most favorite shortest hike EVER! Hiked back in winter time. Saw 3 ponies!

On Saturday took Backbone to Spur to Majestic and enjoyed the incredible footbridge. Making a 7 mile loop. Trails were plenty shaded after Backbone and we were lucky to have a nice breeze on an otherwise humid May Day. Had to wait 5 minutes to get in as Park was at capacity. Can’t wait to go back and explore more trails.

Easy shady trails

hiking
7 days ago

Nice easy trail with great nature scenery. Competed with my teenage kids and 70-year old parents! Lots of water, from lake views to steams to walk in.

Pretty views. Bridge still out, and think its ofd that at the end we had to go in the road? TONS of ticks. But - always like being near water, and still getting the forest feel.

The park map lists this as easy. it is definitely a moderate trail. I would have benefited from bringing a walking stick on the way back down. it can be a little steep in places which is hard on the knees. I had to stop and take a few tests. There are a few benches along the way where you can sit. Beautiful view at the top!

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

This is a great trail! I loved the rock scrambles but man did they hurt the feet after a while! Thankfully I have a great pair of hiking boots that saved my feet, I highly recommend not wearing Chacos or sneakers on this trail (we passed some people who made this grievous error). Save yourself some blisters and pain :). I uploaded some pictures and as you will see, I couldn’t have asked for a prettier day!

Not great for hiking.. parts of the trails were labeled bike only and the trail overall was poorly marked

hiking
7 days ago

Shorter hike with amazing views of the Natural Tunnel. The trail takes you to “Lover’s Leap,” which gives views of the tunnel ridge and mountains in the distance. This and the tunnel hike were the best within the park.

I really enjoyed this loop! The views from Wildcat Ledge were amazing. Very steep climb up. Took the advice from a previous hiker and did it counterclockwise. I missed the turn to the Point Trail and had to backtrack. Loved the Point Trail! I was pretty much alone except for a few mountain bikers.

hiking
8 days ago

Took my family (ages 5 to 53) and it was perfect for everyone! Saw lots of frogs and snakes and turtles, pretty and very kid friendly!

A decent hike with nice views. Trails offers a variety of scenery from meadows to woods. Next time I will reverse the route and hike North Ridge to AT to Ambassador Whitehouse/Piedmont to make it a little more challenging.

Great trail with nice views! It was pretty steep at times, so I would say this is on the upper end of moderate. Due to foot traffic, we started on the North Ridge Trail. Trail was well marked. Overall a nice hiking experience.

hiking
8 days ago

Busy, but not overly crowded for a time of social distancing. Recommend families walking at inconsistent pace go clockwise around the trail; virtually everyone starts at the beach. Two sets of stairs and narrow boardwalks are slight challenges for strollers during busy times. Views are great, trail is well-marked.

hiking
8 days ago

Busy trail next to the water. On the weekends the music from passing boats is a little annoying.

hiking
8 days ago

Good views of the lake, and a good variety of scenery. Only complaint is it is busy and close to the beach so you hear kids yelling and screaming on portions of the trail.

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