Ivy Creek

Elkton, Virginia 22827

Ivy Creek

Ivy Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This one-way hike contains some moderate and a few strenuous segments before it concludes at the Loft Mountain Campground.

Let’s say members of your group are tired of hiking and that they hanker to spend the day in camp relaxing. Nevertheless, someone would be willing to drive a short distance and help with your logistical dilemma.What that means to you, the hiker, is that someone can make a fifteen-minute drive and you can walk back to the campground on your own schedule, or they could meet you at the store/dining area on Skyline Drive at Mile 79.5.

The hike begins from the south side of the Ivy Creek Overlook and immediately provides you with access to the Appalachian Trail.The trail begins with a slight descent amid sassafras, laurel, oak, and pine.The trail begins to ascend, then makes several switchbacks, passing by several large boulders.The trail continues its climb, providing beautiful views to the east of Loft Mountain. In late summer the trail is flanked by mint, goldenrod, and yellow daisies. In the winter the trail is open and spacious and provides unending views."

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"This out-and-back hike contains some moderate and a few more challenging segments before concluding 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. 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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6/1/2010
Great trail...beautiful landscape. We saw our first Black Bear on this trail. It was an experience we will never forget.
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8/15/2009
This was a nice trail with a great view that was near the Loft Mtg campground and was perfect for a short before dinner hike after we unloaded and set up camp.
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Trail Information

Elkton
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.8
Distance
150 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 to 6 hours
Duration
Spring to Fall
Season
2,825 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,975 feet
Top Elevation
Shenandoah National Park
Local Contacts
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 11, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, South District
Local Maps

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