Hike Blackrock Summit

A sunset at a scenic view with a rock formation and valley in the distance.
A sunset from Blackrock.

NPS/Neal Lewis

Hike Blackrock Summit

Difficulty rating: Easiest
Distance: 1 mi/1.6 km
Elevation gain: 175 ft/53 m
Trail features: Take a short hike to a talus slope geological feature with beautiful views.
TRACK Trail for Kids: Blackrock Summit is a part of the Kids in Parks program! Learn about participating in the TRACK Trail program at Blackrock Summit.

Blackrock Summit is an easy 1 mi/1.6 km hike leading to a talus slope with sweeping views of the mountains and valley beyond. From the Blackrock parking area at Skyline Drive mile 84.4, follow the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) south. At the trail post, turn right and continue to the boulder field where you can see the layers and quartzite patterns on the rocks and a beautiful view. Continue south on the A.T. around the slope. At the intersection, turn left onto the Blackrock Hut Road-Trayfoot Mountain Trail and follow the trail back to the parking lot.

Map: Loft Mountain Area

The Blackrock Summit Hike is an easy 1 mi/1.6 km hike.

An average pace is:
1.5 mph for easiest trails.
1.4 mph for moderate trails.
1.3 mph for moderately strenuous trails.
1.2 mph for strenuous and very strenuous trails.
Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. 
The park entrance fee is required.
The parking area for Blackrock Summit is at mile 84.4 of Skyline Drive. 
Accessibility Information
Service animals are allowed on Blackrock Summit.

Last updated: August 24, 2020