Hiking Shenandoah National Park
by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Bert & Jane Gildart/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Nice trail, water levels are high in the Fall, don't let the guide map fool you, be prepared for approx 12 water crossings during your hike, Finding appropriate camping for overnight was tough but found some off a hill, approx a mile before joining the AT for the return trip
Beautiful hike. This being one of the longer day hikes in the park, you get more privacy. Hiking on top of the ridge was especially nice, its cool, and doing the hike in the fall, you get to see all the trees around you changing color, as well as the mountains in the distance. The last half of the loop, paralleling Jeremy's Run was also enjoyable, with several stream crossings, waterfalls, and nice places to stop for a break.
Following Tropical Storm Ernesto, the stream flow made the Jeremys Run leg one of the best hikes in the North District. Along the way had a trail encounter with a Black Bear while seeing two others from a distance. Take care to prepare for multiple stream crossings and rocks are quite slick. Sandals or sneakers are probably a better choice along the Jeremys Run leg rather than sturdy hiking boots (which I wore). Picnic area at trailhead make Jeremys Run leg popular with families and children on the weekends, although they tend to turn around at first stream crossing. Although I did not overnight along trail, noted several great backcountry locations alongside the stream.
Good hike, lots of water on jeremys trail 18 water crossings can get tricky. We came down jeremys trail and up knob mtn. going down is great up is much steeper. no water on knobb mtn so bring some u will need it! get back to start going up the AT. great overnighter :)
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