Ivy Creek Trail

Elkton, Virginia

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This is a leg stretcher on the Appalachian Trail that leads to a rock overlook offering excellent views of Powell Gap Hollow and the mountains and farmlands to the east. The hike begins on the south side of the Ivy Creek Overlook. Turn south onto the Appalachian Trail and begin a gradual descent amid sassafras, laurel, oak, and pine. The trail then begins to climb and makes several switchbacks, passing by several large boulders. Soon, there will be beautiful views to the east of Loft Mountain. In late summer, the trail is flanked by mint, goldenrod, and yellow daisies. In winter the trail is open and spacious and provides seemingly unending views.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Shenandoah National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Shenandoah National Park

by Bert and Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

This is a leg stretcher on the Appalachian Trail that leads to a rock overlook offering excellent views of Powell Gap Hollow and the mountains and farmlands to the east.

The hike begins on the south side of the Ivy Creek Overlook. Turn south onto the Appalachian Trail and begin a gradual descent amid sassafras, laurel, oak, and pine. The trail then begins to climb and makes several switchbacks, passing by several large boulders. Soon, there will be beautiful views to the east of Loft Mountain. In late summer, the trail is flanked by mint, goldenrod, and yellow daisies. In winter the trail is open and spacious and provides seemingly unending views.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Elkton
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topo Map 228; Map 11, Appalachian Trail and other trails in Shenandoah National Park, South District (PATC, Inc.)
Driving Directions: Directions to Ivy Creek Trail

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