Advanced Level Trips

 
Advanced Level Trips
Nights Trip Title Description Winter Entry
1 Pass Mountain and Piney Ridge Boundary hike circuit, seldom-camped wilderness ridge for solitude at night Yes US 211
1 Riprap and Wildcat from the boundary Seldom-camped area on a popular circuit; views, cascades, swimming hole Yes Rt 612
2 Paine Run, Riprap, and Moormans River Excellent views, geology, swimming holes; side trail to a waterfall No Rt 661
2 Mount Marshall Boundary, Bluff, and AT, 2 nights Flexible hike from the boundary, wilderness forest with many side trip options Yes Rt 625
2 Thornton River and Piney Branch Homesites, poplar forest, cascading mountain streams, small waterfalls No MP 25.4
2 Swift Run, Pocosin Hollow and Slaughter Ridge Waterfalls (83' high), mission ruins, early spring wildflowers, early fall color Yes MP 65.7
2 Hogback Mountain and Thornton River Views, poplar forests, park history, and fishing stream (open for harvest) No MP 19.4
2 Mount Marshall and Bluff, 2 Nights Flexible hike through a wilderness forest with many side trip options No MP 12.3
2 Nicholson Hollow and Corbin Mountain Simple circuit, wilderness area, cascades, park history, and swimming holes No MP 38.4
3 Swift Run, Pocosin, Laurel Prong and Slaughter Waterfalls (83' high), mission ruins, Bearfence Rocks, Rapidan Camp Yes MP 65.7
3 Winter Trip from Madison Run See beautiful wilderness areas with outstanding views while staying dry. Yes Rt 663
3 Flexible Trip in the Nicholson and Hazel Wilderness Waterfalls, park history, cascading streams, swimming holes No MP 33.5
3 Paine Run, Riprap, Wildcat, and Moormans Rivers Excellent views, geology, swimming holes, side trail to a waterfall No Rt 661
3 Furnace, Paine, Jones, and Big Run from the boundary Spectacular mountains, three waterfalls, wilderness valley, and geology No Rt 663
3 Simmons Gap and Big Run Wilderness valley, excellent camping and fishing (open for harvest) No Rt 628
4 Winter Trip from Simmons Gap Use the AT to access the Big Run wilderness area while staying dry. Yes Rt 628
4 AT through SNP, average 22 miles per day Entire Appalachian Trail through Shenandoah NP: Wolfe to Tom Floyd shelters Yes MP 105.4
4 Jones Run, Furnace, Lewis Peak, and Big Run Spectacular mountains, three waterfalls, wilderness valley, and geology No MP 81.1
5 Jones Mountain to South River, Staying Dry Mostly mountaintop trek from boundary; also waterfalls and park history Yes Rt 662
5 Jones, Furnace, Lewis Peak, Big Run, and Brown Mtn. Spectacular mountains, three waterfalls, wilderness valley, and geology No MP 81.1
5 Central District Highlights Peaks, valleys, rivers, waterfalls, park history -- see it all! No MP 33.5
6 AT through SNP, average 17 miles per day Appalachian Trail through Shenandoah NP with Doyles and Jones waterfalls: Wolfe to Denton Yes MP 105.4
6 South District Highlights in 7 days Great views, waterfalls, swimming holes and wilderness areas No MP 81.1
7 South District Highlights in 8 days, short first day Great views, waterfalls, swimming holes, and wilderness areas No MP 81.1
7 South District Highlights in 8 days Great views, waterfalls, swimming holes and wilderness areas No MP 81.1
8 South District Highlights in 9 days Great views, waterfalls, swimming holes and wilderness areas No MP 81.1
13 AT through SNP, average 8 miles per day Advanced-level Appalachian Trail hike - Difficulty finding camping and water No MP 10.4


 

*Road and trail conditions, boundary access and natural events such as wildfires or ice storms could close any trail at any time. Please have a back-up plan in mind if your particular route is inaccessible when you arrive.

*Number of Days - The top of each trip plan records the number of days for which the trip is specifically written. However, many trips have longer or shorter options at the end of the trip plan, under "options".

*Distance is always in miles.

*Entry Point – Shenandoah National Park has trailheads along Skyline Drive, intersecting roads, and the boundary. “MP” indicates a Skyline Drive milepost. The Skyline Drive has mileposts every mile along the drive, starting with 0 at Front Royal, proceeding to 105 at Rockfish Gap near Waynesboro. “Rt” refers to a State Route number. While a few of these State Routes have highway signs directing you to a trailhead, the vast majority of the boundary trailheads have no signs. You will need a good map in order to find most route numbers and trailheads. Finally, “US” refers to a US Highway, if a trailhead is directly off of a US Highway (for example, Pass Mountain Trail on US 211). Click here to find more information on State Route and US Highway boundary trailheads.

*Districts - N is North District, between Front Royal and US Highway 211 at Thornton Gap; C is Central District between US 211 at Thornton Gap and US 33 at Swift Run Gap; S is South District, between US 33 at Swift Run Gap and US 250 at Rockfish Gap; A is all districts.

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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