Thing to Do


A gravel trail leads into the forest, past several educational signs

Pets are not allowed on this hike. A walk through the forest with mountain laurel in the springtime and an example of a columnar jointing geological feature. Limberlost is a fully accessible trail (see more specific information below).

This hike is also a designated TRACK Trail, featuring a self-guided brochure and informational sign that turns your visit into a fun and exciting outdoors experience for kids of all ages. To find out more information about TRACK Trails and to log your adventure,visit the Kids in Parks website

Distance: 1.3-mile circuit hike
Difficulty: Easiest (explanation of our hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Elevation Gain: 130 feet

Hike Description

  1. From the trailhead at the Limberlost parking area (mile 43), take the trail to the right of the trailhead and follow the greenstone path.
  2. Stay on the path to loop back around to your starting point. 

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


Pets are not allowed on this hike. 

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

The trailhead for this hike is located at the Limberlost parking area.

Year Round
Accessibility Information

Although pets are not allowed on Limberlost Trail, service animals are welcome. Limberlost is a fully accessible trail.

Length: 2338.3 yards/2138.1 meters
Surface Type: primarily crushed greenstone
Typical Tread Width: 5 feet/1.5 meters
Minimum Tread Width: 2.7 feet/.8 meters
Typical Running Slope: 3.5%
Maximum Running Slope: 10.3%
Typical Cross Slope: 1.6%
Maximum Cross Slope: 5.0%

Shenandoah National Park

Map of the Skyland area 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: March 22, 2021