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Dickey Ridge Loop

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 4.1 (16) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A pleasant loop visiting many remnants of Shenandoah National Park's agricultural past.


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4.9

Miles

7.9

KM

87%

Runnable

2,433' 742 m

High

1,720' 524 m

Low

833' 254 m

Up

829' 253 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

The route visits many remnants of the park's former agricultural past, including an old farm cemetery and the Snead Farmstead where an intact barn still remains. On the return leg along the Dickey Ridge Trail, a great view of the Browntown Valley is had just below the Dickey Ridge summit.

Description

From the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, head east across Skyline Drive, proceed through meadow to Dickey Ridge Trail and bear left. In 0.3 mi., bear right onto Fox Hollow Trail. Though each trail segment is fairly short, you'll enjoy the shaded route. The trees are dense in this area, and you'll be able to slow down to appreciate the mixed beech and oak forests.

At mile 1.2, rejoin Dickey Ridge Trail and bear right. You'll only be on the Dickey Ridge Trail for a short way, but enjoy the scenery along the way. At mile 1.7, bear left onto Snead Farm Loop Trail and in 0.8 mi. arrive at Snead Farm. This part of the trail is gently rolling, but you'll be gaining elevation here.

At mile 3.2 rejoin Dickey Ridge Trail ad bear right and in 0.3 mi., pass the Browntown Valley overlook. This is a great place to stop to catch your breath as you appreciate the view.

At mile 4.3, bear left onto access road and proceed across Skyline Drive to foothpath through Dickey Ridge picnic area to visitor center.

Contacts

Shared By:

Luke AT with improvements by Carole Rice

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  4.1 from 16 votes

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More fog along Dickey Ridge.
Dec 21, 2015 near Front R…, VA
View from the top.
Jul 22, 2019 near Front R…, VA
Dickey Ridge
Sep 25, 2016 near Front R…, VA
You'll enjoy scenic views of the forest and its undergrowth on the Dickey Ridge Trail.
Dec 21, 2015 near Front R…, VA
Fox Hollow Trail at Dickey Ridge.
Dec 21, 2015 near Front R…, VA

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