Wild Oak National Recreation Trail (716)
ElevationAscent: 6,003' 1,830 m
Descent: -5,989' -1,825 m
High: 4,333' 1,321 m
Low: 1,603' 489 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 74% (36°)
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“A big mountain backcountry loop commonly used for running.”— Shenandoah Bicycle
The trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail since 1979. It is commonly backpacked in either direction as a 2-3 day trip but can be completed in 1 day by trail runners or strong hikers.
A local trail running club sponsors a trail run every February requiring four loops on this trail. It is called the "WOT 100," though the distance is longer, due to trail changes over the past decade.
There is a section of the trail that passes within the Ramsey's Draft Wilderness Area between Spring House Ridge and Dividing Ridge that mountain bikers are prohibited from using. The trail ascends Shenandoah Mountain into the upper reaches of the Potomac River Watershed and teeters along the edge of the James River Watershed to the south.
Just off the Lookout Mountain section of TWOT, there is a great overlook as the trail approaches the North River, and a suspension bridge that crosses the river near the end.
The SVBC has done considerable amounts of trail rehabilitation on Lookout Mountain, Chestnut Ridge, and Horse Trough Hollow. Wilderness portions of this loop are maintained by members of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.
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Land Manager: USFS - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests