Thing to Do

Frazier Discovery Trail

A sweeping panoramic view from a rock cliff over green trees to blue mountains in the background.

Pets are not allowed on this hike. This hike features several picturesque overlooks as it passes through woodlands of varying ages on Loft Mountain.

Distance: 1.2-mile circuit hike
Difficulty: Easiest (explanation of our hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 429 feet

Hike Description

  1. From the north end of the Loft Mountain Wayside Parking Area (mile 79.5), cross Skyline Drive and follow the blue-blazed Frazier Discovery Trail.
  2. Go right at the intersection and follow the steep uphill grade.
  3. Turn left where the trail joins the Appalachian Trail, staying on the blue-blazed trail.
  4. Turn left again at the next trail post to descend to your starting point. 

The average hike duration does not take into consideration fitness, exploration, rest, contemplation, etc.


Pets are not allowed on this trail.

An entrance fee is required to get into Shenandoah National Park.

The trailhead for this hike is located on the north end of the Loft Mountain Wayside parking area.

Year Round
Accessibility Information

Although pets are not allowed on Frazier Discovery Trail, service animals are welcome. This trail does not meet ADA accessibility guidelines.

Shenandoah National Park

Area map of Loft Mountain including notable roads and trails.

Download the trail map
Click the image to download the trail map. Print it out at home or save it to your phone to take with you on your hike.

Last updated: November 7, 2022