Austin Mountain–Furnace Mountain Loop

Grottoes, Virginia

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A strenuous but beautiful hike leads into a rugged wilderness area within the park. The Austin Mountain-Furnace Mountain area consists of a huge expanse of land. Fortunately, many trails exist there.This trek offers solitude and views and is geologically interesting. Because of the area’s diversity, a number of possibilities exist. There are long hikes and several short ones.Time will dictate which alternative you ultimately select.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

A strenuous but beautiful hike leads into a rugged wilderness area within the park. The Austin Mountain-Furnace Mountain area consists of a huge expanse of land.

Fortunately, many trails exist there.This trek offers solitude and views and is geologically interesting. Because of the area’s diversity, a number of possibilities exist. There are long hikes and several short ones.Time will dictate which alternative you ultimately select.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grottoes
Distance: 12.4
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: All day
Season: Spring to Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,500 feet
Top Elevation: 2,750 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 Austin Mountain–Furnace Mountain Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

7/19/2009
0

This trail was perfectly pleasant, but not stunning or particularly strenuous, I didn't think. Would have been nice to have a better luncheon location somewhere near the trail's highest point, but I guess I'll drop my comment card in Geology's box... This is a very nice, good-smelling, solid hike, but there are peak-ier peaks in the Park if you want great views.


8/17/2008
0

Agreed! I've done this trail twice. The first time, we didn't get there until 1:30 PM, and we still finished it around 7:30 PM, which was good, because the sun was just setting! The second time around, it took us longer, but we started a lot earlier. In fact, I'm going back again in October to do this trail as a backpacking trip. There are a lot of small campsites in the area around half-way through and they are near Big Run, so there's plenty of water available to top off your supply. The trail is truly strenuous, but the views as you hike the trail are worth it!


5/16/2008
0

Wonderful trail. The strenuous rating is fitting. This is due mainly to the distance and the 2 mile climb at the end. Big Run had was definitely running!!! Each ford demanded either taking your shoes off or hiking the last 5-6 miles with wet feet. I elected to do the latter. If you are looking for a cardio workout, it can be found here! Moving at a pretty solid pace the hike was completed in 4.5 hours.



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