Birding · Views
This loop run really checks all the boxes for beginning runners or folks looking for an easier outdoor experience without sacrificing what makes Shenandoah National Park so special. To be able to connect a handful of easy trails into a loop with a gradual climb and pretty impressive view from the top is why this run has become a must-see. With that in mind, parking can be hard to find and you'll rarely find yourself alone on the trail or at the summit.
Need to Know
Beware of wasps along the trail. It can also be buggy, so long sleeves or bug spray can be helpful.
Given that all these trails can be traveled in either direction, this loop can be reversed. Check out the elevation profile as the high point of the run is actually on the Trayfoot Mountain Trail/Blackrock Hut Road
to the southeast of Blackrock Summit.
This loop heads from the parking area off Skyline Drive in the counterclockwise direction, up the AT and down the Trayfoot Mountain Trail/Blackrock Hut Road
. From the Blackrock Summit boulder field, this leaves a little more elevation gain to the highpoint.
Flora & Fauna
Songbirds, butterflies, snakes.
Shared By: Zander Göpfert