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South District Hikes In Shenandoah

Shenandoah National Park

A tall rock formation jutting out of the forest.
Topic(s) Geology, Rock Landscapes and Features, Scenic Views, Trails
Activities Hiking
Type Active, Solitary/Remote, Inspirational, Outdoors
Parks Shenandoah National Park

The South District is the most remote area of Shenandoah National Park. Whether you are looking to take a shorter hike to rugged talus slopes or a longer trip into the Wilderness, your adventure starts here.


Directions

The South District of Shenandoah National Park spans from the Swift Run Gap Entrance Station at U.S. Rt. 33 to the Rockfish Gap Entrance Station off U.S. Rt. 205 and I-64. Most hikes are accessible via Skyline Drive, though some are accessible from the park boundary. Locations are given by mile markers along Skyline Drive. Learn more about directions to Shenandoah and maps of the Park.

Facilities and Services

Most facilities are services are open from spring to fall and close during the winter. Make sure to check operating hours and seasons before your trip.

• Food and water: Loft Mountain Wayside has food and shopping options. The only picnic grounds in the South District is Dundo (mile 83.7).
• Restrooms: Restroom facilities are available at Loft Mountain Wayside, as well as picnic grounds and campgrounds. Some facilities close for the winter season.
• Camping and lodging: Campgrounds in the South Distric include Loft Mountain Campground and Dundo Group Campground. Learn more about lodging and camping.

Featured Hikes
  • Shenandoah National Park

    Hike Frazier Discovery Trail

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Skyline Drive mile 79.5
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    Scenic view over rock to mountains below.

    Hike to a viewpoint over the South District of Shenandoah National Park on the Frazier Discovery Trail. This loop hike is 1.2 miles and includes a short, but steep, climb to the viewpoint.

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  • Shenandoah National Park

    Hike Blackrock Summit

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Skyline Drive mile 84.4
    • Duration: 1 Hour
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    A dramatic sunset with nearby rock formations and a distant valley.

    See a spectacular view to distant valley and mountains and examine up close geology at Blackrock Summit. This easy 1 mile loop leads to a rocky talus slope and scenic view.

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  • Shenandoah National Park

    Hike Riprap

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Skyline Drive mile 90 or mile 92.1
    • Duration: 2–9 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    A prominent rock formation surrounded by bare trees.

    The Riprap-Wildcat Ridge Loop is a very strenuous 9.8 mile trip that features scenic views, geology, small cascades, and a swimming hole. For an alternate, shorter hike, take the 3.4 mile hike to Chimney Rock.

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Last updated: December 5, 2017