Ivy Creek

Elkton, Virginia

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This one-way hike contains some moderate and a few strenuous segments before it concludes at the Loft Mountain Campground. Let’s say members of your group are tired of hiking and that they hanker to spend the day in camp relaxing. Nevertheless, someone would be willing to drive a short distance and help with your logistical dilemma.What that means to you, the hiker, is that someone can make a fifteen-minute drive and you can walk back to the campground on your own schedule, or they could meet you at the store/dining area on Skyline Drive at Mile 79.5. The hike begins from the south side of the Ivy Creek Overlook and immediately provides you with access to the Appalachian Trail.The trail begins with a slight descent amid sassafras, laurel, oak, and pine.The trail begins to ascend, then makes several switchbacks, passing by several large boulders.The trail continues its climb, providing beautiful views to the east of Loft Mountain. In late summer the trail is flanked by mint, goldenrod, and yellow daisies. In the winter the trail is open and spacious and provides unending views.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

This one-way hike contains some moderate and a few strenuous segments before it concludes at the Loft Mountain Campground.

Let’s say members of your group are tired of hiking and that they hanker to spend the day in camp relaxing. Nevertheless, someone would be willing to drive a short distance and help with your logistical dilemma.What that means to you, the hiker, is that someone can make a fifteen-minute drive and you can walk back to the campground on your own schedule, or they could meet you at the store/dining area on Skyline Drive at Mile 79.5.

The hike begins from the south side of the Ivy Creek Overlook and immediately provides you with access to the Appalachian Trail.The trail begins with a slight descent amid sassafras, laurel, oak, and pine.The trail begins to ascend, then makes several switchbacks, passing by several large boulders.The trail continues its climb, providing beautiful views to the east of Loft Mountain. In late summer the trail is flanked by mint, goldenrod, and yellow daisies. In the winter the trail is open and spacious and provides unending views.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Elkton
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 to 6 hours
Season: Spring to Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,825 feet
Top Elevation: 2,975 feet
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 Ivy Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

6/8/2011
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6/1/2010
0

Great trail...beautiful landscape. We saw our first Black Bear on this trail. It was an experience we will never forget.


8/15/2009
1

This was a nice trail with a great view that was near the Loft Mtg campground and was perfect for a short before dinner hike after we unloaded and set up camp.



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