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Dickey Ridge Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (6)

A parallel trail to the Skyline Drive along Dickey Ridge in northern Shenandoah National Park.


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9.2

Miles

14.8

KM

87%

Runnable

2,570' 783 m

High

610' 186 m

Low

2,599' 792 m

Up

667' 203 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Starting from US-340, the Dickey Ridge trail parallels Skyline Drive as it steadily ascends its namesake ridge, passing the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center at mile 3.8 and cresting Dickey Hill ca. mile 5.2 at an expansive overlook to the west of the Browntown Valley.

From there, the trail descends to Low Gap before ascending gradually to Lands Run Gap and then continuing steeply up Carson Mountain to its southern terminus at the Appalachian Trail AT, just north of Compton Gap.

Along the way, runners will enjoy the rolling trail, as most grades are somewhat moderate. Beautiful Appalachian scenery flanks both sides of this trail, and runners will be captivated by the local tree and shrub populations.

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  4.0 from 6 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
Shenandoah!
Dec 21, 2015 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
The Hickerson trailhead is marked by this post.
Apr 16, 2017 near Front R…, VA

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Oct 25, 2019
David Eastman
Three deer Lots of squirrels One bear!!! — 2h 01m
Feb 15, 2019
Nicki P
Warm day before the storm, not as muddy as I thought it would be but a fair amount of down on the trail after mile 2. Enjoy it! 7mi