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Piedmont Overlook Loop



5.2 mile 8.4 kilometer loop
85% Runnable


Ascent: 969' 295 m
Descent: -973' -296 m
High: 1,788' 545 m
Low: 840' 256 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)


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Trail shared by Shawn MacDonnell

A moderate run with great views.

Shawn MacDonnell

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers


This route starts by going up to a great view of the surrounding area before hooking up with the Appalachian Trail (AT) and then starting downhill to another panoramic view. Sky Meadows State Park does a great job of marking and labeling the trails throughout.


From the trailhead, you'll come to a sign for the Piedmont Overlook Trail that will take you over a small set of stairs into a cow pasture. Follow this trail uphill to the first viewpoint; you'll see a bench underneath a tree.

After the viewpoint, continue along the Piedmont Overlook Trail until you reach a signpost. Follow the North Ridge Trail. It won't be long before you see another signpost pointing the way for the Ambassador Whitehouse Trail. After a little more than a mile, you'll find the signs for the Appalachian Trail (AT).

Follow the AT south until you come back to the North Ridge Trail. Run along the North Ridge Trail for about 3/10 of a mile and go right at the sign for the South Ridge Trail. After about a mile on the South Ridge Trail, there is a bench and another great view. Shortly after the view, you'll work your way downhill and see the Snowden Ruins. Finish the South Ridge Trail where it meets with the Boston Mill Road and after about a half mile, you'll be back where you started!

Flora & Fauna

Red-headed woodpeckers can be found in the park. There are also dear and bears in the park.

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Land Manager: Virginia State Parks

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Nov 11, 2018
Navindra Gunawardena
Nice trails with some mud and lots of leaves. Weaved in and out of this one, also went down the Appalachian trail, old trail to hwy 50.
Jul 14, 2018
Allie Passarello
walked most uphills (tougher than expected), second half was all downhill and so much fun. beautiful park 5.1mi
Nov 5, 2017
Alex F
5mi — 1h 10m

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Overlook of Sky Meadows from the Piedmont Overlook Trail
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Cows on the Piedmont Overlook Trail.
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Appalachian Trail South. with permission from RAllen
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