Loft Mountain Loop Trail

Elkton, Virginia 22827

Loft Mountain Loop Trail

Loft Mountain Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Shenandoah National Park
Local Contacts
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topo Map 228; Map 11, Appalachian Trail and other trails in Shenandoah National Park, South District (PATC, Inc.)
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