Saddleback Mountain

Newtown, Virginia

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This circuit hike passes an Appalachian Trail maintenance hut, threads through a forest that is growing back after decades of farming, and concludes by passing through tangles of large trees toppled by Tropical Storm Fran in September 1996. For those interested in an easy hike that includes the Appalachian Trail in over three-fourths of the trail’s length—and for those interested in witnessing the aftermath of vio- lent storms—this trail is for you. In itself, Saddleback Mountain is rather insignificant, for it offers no real views in the spring, summer, or fall. As a result, it’s appropriate that the trail simply circles the mountain and returns you to your starting point.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Hiking Shenandoah National Park

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

This circuit hike passes an Appalachian Trail maintenance hut, threads through a forest that is growing back after decades of farming, and concludes by passing through tangles of large trees toppled by Tropical Storm Fran in September 1996.

For those interested in an easy hike that includes the Appalachian Trail in over three-fourths of the trail’s length—and for those interested in witnessing the aftermath of vio-
lent storms—this trail is for you. In itself, Saddleback Mountain is rather insignificant, for it offers no real views in the spring, summer, or fall. As a result, it’s appropriate that the trail simply circles the mountain and returns you to your starting point.

© 2016 Bert & Jane Gildart/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newtown
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Spring to Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 10, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, Central District
Driving Directions: Directions to Saddleback Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

5/29/2010
1

Well maintained trail. 5 or 6 great views. Moderate difficult, but, well marked A little busy, but it was memorial day weekend.


8/11/2009
1

Very nice and well maintained trail. The falls are very beautiful but the "swimming hole" seemed a little dirty and buggy so we opted not to swim even though it was extremely hot and humid. The bugs were very annoying while hiking too. I'd recommend hiking this trail anytime other than the dog days of summer.


7/1/2008
1

it was just a beautiful hike for any motorcycle riders wanting to enjoy a nice hike as well as a motorcycle ride. Doesn't take all day, so you have time for riding and hiking both.


6/1/2008
1

We followed the hike described here and had a wonderful time. The trip down to the falls was easy and relaxing. I'd definitely recommend continuing past the overlook and going to the base of the falls, as the view at the summit does not do the South River Falls justice. At the bottom, the shallow pool is a great place to dip your feet. We also had a blast observing crayfish, baby salamanders, and other aquatic life beneath the falls. The hike back up again is all uphill and a bit more difficult, but well worth it. One thing to note: you likely won't be alone on this trail in the warmer months (we saw about a dozen other hikers that day). Overall though, it's an great day hike.


3/10/2008
1

The trail description was very good and the trail was well marked. Views on the trail were teriffic. The falls were worth the hike in and out. It is a good trail to take young hikers on and was a good first leg for our new scout patrol's 5 mile hike requirement for advancement. The physical demand was light. We went March 1, 2008 so it was nice being on the leeward side of the mountain.



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