Simmons Gap

Elkton, Virginia

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A short stroll on a historic road passes the site of an Episcopal mission. The old road descends gently and is marked by yellow blazes and soon parallels a small creek on the right.This stroll follows an old road once used by the mountain people from the east and west valleys to access an Episcopal mission. Later, valley folks used the road for park access. Little remains of this once active area other than an old stone wall. Today, the Park Service maintains the road as a fire road.Apple trees dot the area, providing mute testimony of a once flourishing agricultural community. A multitude of trees and bushes grace the old road.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

A short stroll on a historic road passes the site of an Episcopal mission.

The old road descends gently and is marked by yellow blazes and soon parallels a small creek on the right.This stroll follows an old road once used by the mountain people from the east and west valleys to access an Episcopal mission. Later, valley folks used the road for park access. Little remains of this once active area other than an old stone wall.

Today, the Park Service maintains the road as a fire road.Apple trees dot the area, providing mute testimony of a once flourishing agricultural community. A multitude of trees and bushes grace the old road.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Elkton
Distance: 1.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Spring to Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 11, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, South District
Driving Directions: Directions to Simmons Gap

Recent Trail Reviews

5/27/2008
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We really enjoyed this hike - there were no overlooks, per se, but you got a good view through the trees. We hiked clockwise, and I think this was the best choice - from the 2.2 mile where the loop started we had a steepish-but-not-miserable uphill to the top of rocky mount, then a long downhill and that last 400-foot very steep (wouldn't have enjoyed going down that!) climb back to the starting point of the loop. We usually say that it seems the ratings on these are written to the lowest common denominator, but this truly earned its "strenuous" rating. It took the two of us fit adults 4.5 hours, with a couple of short breaks.



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