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Piedmont Overlook Loop

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 4.3 (34) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A moderate run with great views.


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5.2

Miles

8.4

KM

85%

Runnable

1,788' 545 m

High

840' 256 m

Low

969' 295 m

Up

973' 296 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

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.

Description

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. Take the trail! After a little more than a mile, you'll find the signs for the Appalachian Trail (AT) and some glorious meadows.

Follow the AT south until you come back to the North Ridge Trail. Run along the North Ridge Trail for about 4/10 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 deer and bears in the park.

Contacts

Land Manager: Virginia State Parks

Shared By:

Shawn MacDonnell with improvements by Scott C and 1 other

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  4.3 from 34 votes

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Photos

Overlook.
Sep 5, 2016 near Shenand…, VA
Lots of blackberry bushes in bloom
Jun 11, 2020 near Shenand…, VA
Overlook.
Sep 5, 2016 near Shenand…, VA
View along Boston Mill Road
Jun 11, 2020 near Shenand…, VA
Looking down the valley as we came down Piedmont Overlook
Jun 11, 2020 near Shenand…, VA
Overlook of Sky Meadows from the Piedmont Overlook Trail
Nov 12, 2019 near Shenand…, VA

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Nov 1, 2020
Matt Hoover
Sep 12, 2020
Ronan Kelly
Added the Old trail on to this which was much narrower and less visited than the main trail. Weather was perfect for going around this though. 7.5mi — 2h 40m
Sep 9, 2020
Brea Silberbauer
6.4mi — 1h 32m
Aug 21, 2020
Maia C
First trail run since April. 80 F/75% humidity. Missed the turn onto South Ridge trail so had to backtrack STEEP uphill. Doubled elevation gain. 6.4mi — 1h 52m
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