A hiker begins his journey to the top of Old Rag Mountain.
Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; others penetrate deep into the forest and wilderness.
With such an abundance of trail options you will certainly be able to find something to fit your interest and ability. Maps have suggested ability descriptors. Whenever you hike be sure to wear sturdy shoes and take plenty of water.
Most trailheads are located along Skyline Drive. A few, like Old Rag Mountain
are best accessed from the boundary.
- Old Rag Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in the park. It is also the most challenging. Before embarking on this hike visit our Old Rag pages for important information about planning your hike.
- Limberlost Trail (milepost 43), is often enjoyed by people with mobility challenges. The trail was originally constructed to meet ADA accessibility standards; however, the requirements have recently been revised. Shenandoah National Park has plans to upgrade Limberlost to meet the new standards. In the meantime, use this description of the trail to determine if it is appropriate for your use: This circuit hike of 1.3 miles is for people of all ages and has a 5'-wide crushed greenstone walkway on a gentle grade with frequent benches, a boardwalk, and a bridge. The trail passes through forest and a stand of mountain laurel - stunningly beautiful when it blooms in June.
In order to better protect the fragile plants that live on some of Shenandoah's rock outcrops, the park has implemented some very limited closures. Small areas of Little Stony Man, Hawksbill, and Old Rag are closed to public access.
Printable Maps with closures:
Little Stony Man
Several commercial businesses
are permitted to offer guided hiking and hiker support services in Shenandoah National Park.