Big Flat Mountain Loop

Grottoes, Virginia

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This is a short flat hike on the Appalachian Trail circles the Loft Mountain Campground, with some views. The Loft Mountain Campground, built in 1964, is actually on Big Flat Mountain, an area that was once pastureland.The Appalachian Trail makes almost a complete circle around the campground and offers views, some quite spectacular, at the beginning of the hike. Making this trek around the campground is a good leg stretcher for the entire family, besides providing an idea of what the area once looked like. Not only do you get great views to the west, but also the trail wanders through an open forest and, in places, through forests of ferns, providing parklike settings.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

This is a short flat hike on the Appalachian Trail circles the Loft Mountain Campground, with some views.

The Loft Mountain Campground, built in 1964, is actually on Big Flat Mountain, an area that was once pastureland.The Appalachian Trail makes almost a complete circle around the campground and offers views, some quite spectacular, at the beginning of the hike.

Making this trek around the campground is a good leg stretcher for the entire family, besides providing an idea of what the area once looked like. Not only do you get great views to the west, but also the trail wanders through an open forest and, in places, through forests of ferns, providing parklike settings.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grottoes
Distance: 1.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 4 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 Big Flat Mountain Loop

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