Loft Mountain Loop Trail

Elkton, Virginia

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An out-and-back hike containing some moderate and a few more challenging segments that concludes at the Loft Mountain Campground. The hike begins on the south side of the Ivy Creek Overlook. Turn south onto the AT and begin a gradual descent amid sassafras, laurel, oak, and pine. Soon there will be beautiful views to the east of Loft Mountain. As you approach the summit of Loft Mountain, the trees grow more sparsely and blackberry bushes abound. After about a mile, the trail levels out on the ridgetop and continues to an overlook with rock outcroppings on the left side of the trail. From here you get a lovely 180-degree view to the east of the Piedmont (on clear days); to the left is Flattop Mountain, and to the right is Fox Mountain with three peaks, a hollow, then two more peaks. The valley below is pastoral, and you can watch clouds and storms roll in. Also along the ridgetop are fields of yarrow and more berry bushes.
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)

An out-and-back hike containing some moderate and a few more challenging segments that concludes at the Loft Mountain Campground. The hike begins on the south side of the Ivy Creek Overlook. Turn south onto the AT and begin a gradual descent amid sassafras, laurel, oak, and pine. Soon there will be beautiful views to the east of Loft Mountain.

As you approach the summit of Loft Mountain, the trees grow more sparsely and blackberry bushes abound. After about a mile, the trail levels out on the ridgetop and continues to an overlook with rock outcroppings on the left side of the trail. From here you get a lovely 180-degree view to the east of the Piedmont (on clear days); to the left is Flattop Mountain, and to the right is Fox Mountain with three peaks, a hollow, then two more peaks. The valley below is pastoral, and you can watch clouds and storms roll in. Also along the ridgetop are fields of yarrow and more berry bushes.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Elkton
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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 Loft Mountain Loop Trail

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