Thing to Do

Traces Trail

A concrete post at the head of a trail that reads: Traces Trail

A hike that follows a trail around Mathews Arm Campground. Along the way, you’ll see traces left behind by former residents of the area.

Distance: 1.7-mile circuit hike
Difficulty: Easiest (explanation of our hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
Elevation Gain: 333 feet

Hike Description 

  1. From the Mathews Arm Campground registration parking area (mile 22.2), take the blueblazed Traces Nature Trail around the campground. It will loop back around to your starting point.


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


Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.

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

The trailhead for this hike is located at the Mathews Arm Campground registration parking area.

Year Round
Accessibility Information

This trail does not meet ADA accessibility guidelines.

Shenandoah National Park

Map of area around Mathews Arm 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: February 10, 2021