“Seldom traveled in its entirety, the SMT is a backcountry adventure.”
— Shenandoah Bicycle
The section of this trail most commonly traveled is the Southern Traverse. The section North of Rt. 250 is not often traveled as it travels through the Western boundary of Ramsey's Draft Wilderness Area. From Rt. 250, this trail is taken to access Road Hollow.
The SMT is a historical landmark, predating the civil war.
The Southern Traverse section of Shenandoah Mountain Trail (447) singletrack picks up after a 4 mile fire road climb on Benson Run Rd (aka USFS 173) from Deerfield Valley. At the saddle, catch the trail heading south. The route will climb up towards the summit of the The Bump at 3634 feet. This section of singletrack has long straights that are twisty and smooth with some sections with large boulders scattered throughout.
The only intersection to worry about along the route is the Jerkemtight juncture. There are 2 different singletrack trails heading off the west side of the ridge and 3 jeep trails heading in different directions. Look for the 2 singletrack trails. The Shenandoah Mountain Trail (447) is the one that heads more southerly. Marshall Draft Trail drops straight down the western slope towards Sugar Tree road.
Continue on the Shenandoah Mountain Trail (447) as it drops a bit to meet up with the ridge again. The route then skirts around North Sister Knob at an elevation of 3,292 feet and then coils up onto South Sister Knob at 3088. From here you'll begin a sustained 1,100 foot descent. The trail ends at Scotchtown Draft - Route 627.