Rocky Mount/Gap Run

Elkton, Virginia

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Rocky Mount’s western flank is a demanding climb of 850 feet in just over 1 mile. If you’re not breathless at the top, the view will steal what breath is left. A series of ridges and peaks intersect and rise in succession to the limitless horizon. A return hike on Gap Run Trail takes you from soaring heights into shaded forest. It’s said trails in the south district of Shenandoah National Park get less use than other areas of the park. The Rocky Mount/Gap Run loop is proof of this. As a day hike, it is a strenuous full-day trip. Overnighters will find that a quiet tent site along Gap Run allows time to tarry and enjoy the deep-woods scenery.
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Hiking Virginia

by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

Rocky Mount’s western flank is a demanding climb of 850 feet in just over 1 mile. If you’re not breathless at the top, the view will steal what breath is left. A series of ridges and peaks intersect and rise in succession to the limitless horizon. A return hike on Gap Run Trail takes you from soaring heights into shaded forest.

It’s said trails in the south district of Shenandoah National Park get less use than other areas of the park. The Rocky Mount/Gap Run loop is proof of this. As a day hike, it is a strenuous full-day trip. Overnighters will find that a quiet tent site along Gap Run allows time to tarry and enjoy the deep-woods scenery.

© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Elkton
Distance: 10.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Year round; bad weather may occasionally close roads
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park, 3655 US 211 East, Luray (540) 999-3500 www.nps.gov/shen
Local Maps: USGS McGaheysville; PATC #11: Shenandoah National Park South District
Driving Directions: Directions to Rocky Mount/Gap Run

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