Frazier Discovery Trail
ElevationAscent: 420' 128 m
Descent: -420' -128 m
High: 3,318' 1,011 m
Low: 2,899' 884 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“An awesome, self-guided interpretive trail with a view with the option to continue up Loft Mountain.”— Larry W. Brown
Features Fall Colors · Views
From the mouth of the hollow, the Rockytop ridge rises to the left, and Brown Mountain, with cliffs and talus slopes, rises to the right. Straight ahead is the Big Run watershed. From the mouth of the hollow, the Rockytop ridge rises to the left, and Brown Mountain, with cliffs and talus slopes, rises to the right. To the far right, on the east side of the Blue Ridge, is part of the Ivy Creek watershed.
Return to the trail and continue on the loop. After 0.1 mile, turn left and take the Frazier Discovery Trail away from the AT. (Continue along the AT to the north toward Loft Mountain for a longer option returning on the Ivy Creek Maint Hut Trail). Watch for a miniature natural amphitheater under an overhanging ledge. Except in dry weather, water drips from the ledge, and there's a tiny pool of water at its base.
A few yards beyond the amphitheater look for the remains of an old chestnut log to the left of the trail. If you look carefully at the far end of it, you can see a groove around it. This was the result of "deadening," in which trees were girdled to kill them so that light could reach the ground and grass could grow. The loop ends when you get back to the fork in the trail.
Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail description. If you're interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.
Land Manager: NPS - Shenandoah National Park